While teaching recently I was struck again by how contrary the apostolic witness is to modern opinion. As pictured below, the apostles emphasized the creational foundation of redemptive history (Rom. 5; 1 Cor. 15), God’s continued covenantal dealings with the Jewish people (Acts 1:6; Rom. 11), the cruciform (“cross-shaped”) nature of both God and this age (Rom. 5:8; Heb. 9:28), the gift of the Holy Spirit con-firming the path to eternal life (Acts 2:38; Tit. 3:5), and the apocalyptic conclusion of history at the day of the Lord when God will restore all things and make a new heavens and new earth (Acts 3:21; 2 Peter 3).
However, at every point, especially within the academy, the apostolic witness is frequently under-mined. There is a pervasive accusation against the historicity of Genesis. Some try to lessen the humiliation of the Bible’s straightforward message by spiritually reinterpreting it. Others just disbelieve, concluding that it was generated out of primitive and mythical worldview. However, those of us who have encountered the living God believe that the message of the Bible and the witness of the apostles are indeed true. We are not ashamed, for we fear God
Everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but who-ever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. (Mt 10:32-33)