A “word splash” | BIBL 104 – Survey of Biblical Literature (D) | Liberty University
A “word splash” | BIBL 104 – Survey of Biblical Literature (D) | Liberty University.
After reading the assigned chapters in Everyday Bible Study (Chapters 11-16) and consulting the provided Word Splashes, develop a thread that utilizes all of the words in the word splash that you have selected. Your thread should be at least 400 words in length and summarize the content of the related chapter. Additionally, your thread should contain at least one quote from Everyday Bible Study that identifies the material that you are summarizing. Finally, you should note the words from your word splash by signaling them out from the other words in your thread. For an example of this type of thread, please see the provided example:
A “Word Splash” example
(The underlined words represent the 12 words that made up the word splash)
R. J. Grunewald gives his study of the book of Romans and Luther’s commentary on Romans in an unusual manner. Rather than studying the book in the traditional manner of chapter-by-chapter, Grunewald covers the book and commentary by topic. The strength of this format allows him to focus on how key themes and ideas are treated throughout both the book and commentary. Strategically, Grunewald moves from human nature and sin to the Law and then to the Gospel. Along the way he addresses theological terms like righteousness and sanctification. In discussing human nature, the intent is to relay the fact that human nature is corrupt because of the fall in Genesis 3. Thus, we are curved in and continually focused on ourselves. In other words, we are all the “me generation.” Grunewald’s thoughts here direct him to the work of the Law and the Gospel. He writes, “While the Law exposes the sinner, the Gospel exposes the Savior who comes for sinners” (Grunewald, p.46). He elaborates on these two theological concepts to point out how the Law shows us our sin and our fallen human nature. Yet, the Gospel provides the remedy for the sinful condition that plagues all of humanity. To that end, Grunewald notes, “The Gospel promises that we are given everything we need in the death and resurrection of Jesus. The Gospel promises that our sins are forgiven freely…by the perfect obedience of Jesus (Grunewald, p. 49). This leads the author to focus on the significance of righteousness and sanctification. He describes righteousness as “the state of being just or rightful (a relationship in good standing) (Grunewald, p. 13). Further, he describes sanctification as “God’s work of producing good works in the life of the Christian (Grunewald, p. 105). These two definitions help anchor his coverage of Luther’s understanding of Romans as it relates to the fallenness of humanity and the rescue provided by God through the Gospel. Two important sideroads that Grunewald takes deal with the topics of suffering and gifts. In discussing suffering, he notes the extent of brokenness and how it impacts every facet of life. Consequently, suffering is not something we should see as out of the ordinary. Similar to his work on the fall and sin, the clarity expressed here helps present a Biblical example of the way the world works. Finally, Grunewald draws attention to the gifts God has provided the church as listed in Romans and explained by Luther. Here the author draws a sharp contrast to what the church currently focuses on instead of the provisions given by God. He notes that these gifts are given to the church “not so they can build a great organization but so they can ‘seek and save the lost’” (Grunewald, p. 116). In some ways, this section brings the book to a fitting end because it draws attention back to fallen and lost human beings, the Law’s ability to point that out, and the Gospel’s ability to rescue.
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