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By Bernard L. Ramm

ISBN-10: 0849928125

ISBN-13: 9780849928123

Paperback version of e-book initially released in hardcover as "The God Who Makes a Difference," 1972

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God the Father speaks; the Son is the content of what the Father speaks; and the Spirit is the One who illuminates the human heart so that it can see revelation as God’s truth. Redemption or salvation is Trinitarian. God the Father plans and decrees salvation: the Son is the One who dies in time and space on this earth as the divine sacrifice for the sins of men; the Spirit is the One who applies Lhis salvation in the heart of the believer. Although it will not be repeated in the successive pages, it is to be understood that the God in this apologetics is the Trinitarian God with the full implication that involves.

But there are other criteria in Holy Scripture which witness to its divine origin and therefore to its truthfulness. The living God acts in our world and in our history. In the Old Testament, God is very rarely called the true God. This mode of thinking was not quite proper to that culture. Rather God is presented as the living God. The living God acts in time, in events, in the lives of people, and so makes a difference. In logic a proposition that doesn’t make a difference is not a proposition, and in science a theory with no opera­ tional consequences is not a theory.

There is a Greek expression in verse 3 that loses the full force of its meaning in translation. It is the expression en protois. The word protos has three meanings: in reference to space, it means to be in front; in reference to time, it means to be first; in reference to importance, it means to be the most important. Paul uses it in this third sense. What he lists are the most important elements of the 44gospel, that is, he tells us what the true gospel is. The right saving gospel includes saving faith.

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