Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Beanstalk and Scripture Context (pt 2)...

I have several beanstalks in the garden...
but one in particular grew to a tall stature

this cowpea stalk climbed...
all the way to the sky of nearly ten feet tall

after a few months of giving me plenty of cowpeas...

I brought the pole the beanstalk clung to...

down to ground level; harvested the dry pods...
and was ready to replant a new set of seeds

thinking that was the end of this set cowpeas  until the next crop grew

until I noticed...

there were plenty new shoots coming from the trunk
this beanstalk isn't quitting yet

I've let it go and do it's thing after pruning all the dead stuff

and the new shoots are flowering and putting out new bean pods
indeed, a blessing from the Lord, who causes all things to grow
the little lizard is a bug-eating garden helper bonus

in this post I gave an excerpt from the book, "Knowing Scripture"...
by pastor and Bible teacher, R.C. Sproul ...
concerning Scripture context

this is a continuation of the excerpt in which Dr. Sproul explains how words...
in the Bible can have multiple meanings and how the right meaning is understood...
according to the context of the verse

"My favorite example of words with multiple meanings is the word justify. In Romans 3:28 Paul says, "For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law." In James 2:24 we read, "You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone." If the word justify means the same thing in both cases, we have an irreconcilable contradiction between two biblical writers on an issue that concerns our eternal destinies. Luther called "justification by faith" the article upon which the church stands or falls. The meaning of justification and the question of how it takes place is no mere trifle. Yet Paul says it is by faith apart from works, and James says it is by works and not by faith alone. To make matters more difficult, Paul insists in Romans 4 that Abraham is justified when he believes the promise of God before he is even circumcised. He has Abraham justified in Genesis 15. James says, "Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?" (Jas. 2:21). James does not have Abraham justified until Genesis 22.
This question of justification is easily resolved if we examine the possible meanings of the term justify and apply them within the contexts of the respective passages. The term justify may mean (1) to restore to a state of reconciliation with God those who stand under the judgment of his law or (2) to demonstrate or to vindicate.
Jesus says, for example, "Wisdom is justified of all her children" (Lk. 7:35KJV). What does he mean? Does he mean that wisdom is restored to fellowship with God and saved from his wrath? Obviously not. The plain meaning of his words is that a wise act produces good fruit. The claim to wisdom is vindicated by the result. A wise decision is shown to be wise by its results. Jesus is speaking in practical terms, not theological terms, when he uses the word justified in this way.
How does Paul use the word in Romans 3?
from "Knowing Scripture" ch.4 by R.C. Sproul

we shall see in part 3 in the next post of March 14 (Thursday)

May your day or night be found in God's grace.


  1. Very cool, getting two crops out of one planting!

  2. What beautiful flowers of the cowpeas. I think it was really neat that the vine wanted to grow some more, giving you yet another crop.

    We are justified by faith and for that I am thankful. It is by His grace that I am His child.

    I look forward to reading the next installment by R.C. Sproul.

    Have a lovely day ~ FlowerLady

  3. I have enjoyed all you latest post. Isn't nature amazing? Those light blue flowers are gorgeous! I had never heard of using the green of carrots. It was so interesting to read about it. I'm always glad to learn even if we don't grow carrots; who knows, maybe sometime in the future we might.
    Have a lovely week,

  4. I agree with FlowerLady ~ beautiful cowpea flowers!

    You're probably getting tired of hearing this, but I am still just in awe of your life there on "Pilgrim's Farm".

    Your carrot post inspired me to get one last planting in - which I did this past weekend. March is the latest to plant seeds so I just made it.

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  5. This is a wonderful study, Jean~ thanks so much for sharing it with us.
    And that is some kind of beanstalk you have! :)