The Fine Print
The Five Omnias of the Reformation
Some seem to think that Christianity is of some value, but not so much in the real world. The beauty, power and richness of the Christian faith is that it is all pervasive and all encompassing. The Bible heads you into all the right directions of life, God’s way.
Nsmpress seeks to promote a worldview Calvinism of the Spirit and the Word. So here are Five Alls, Five Omnias, five big ideas, on how the faith we hold dear, and is precious, provides an all-inclusive perspective on God’s entire creation. Think of Christian Worldview as sprouting from Calvinist theology, life, history and piety.
I. All Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16)
What this first “All” means is that the Bible is more than our only source of inerrant revelation. Note well, that all Scripture is profitable for teaching and training in righteousness. For precisely this reason, the Old Testament is as important as the New Testament.
Genesis to Revelation contains the thrilling history of God’s redemptive activity centered upon the atonement in Christ’s death. Sometimes Christians seem to forget that before the New Testament so much of God’s work in Christ precedes it!
That’s also why serious Bible students focus not so much on pet texts, as on every text in terms of the entire Bible. Every last idea is life-giving and life-uplifting.
And All Scripture is our guide whether or not it is comfortable for us or correct by culture’s standards. You can be sure that every verse provides relevant data for a Christian’s GPS.
Since Scripture covers all history, from the beginning to the end of time itself, we also cherish its drama as indubitable testimony that God is directing every moment for the eternal embrace of his people.
And what about those things men of the world happen to “discover” in God’s providence? Such must conform not in part but to all of his Word.
II. All People (Matt. 28:19)
Before he ascended into heaven, Jesus issued the church “The Great Commission,” to go into all the world, “teaching them everything I have commanded you.” “World” here means all nations, all peoples, everyone. Christ is the Word (Jn. 1:1); all of God’s Word revealed must penetrate the whole earth.
Paul says the gospel is not only for the Jews but also for the Gentiles— literally, tribes and families, beyond the Jewish camp—the entire world.
Remember, God made the covenant promise that all the nations of the earth would be blessed through Abraham’s seed, the church. All People means the Body of Christ may never take a break from going all out.
This gem immediately sparkles already at the time of the Reformation of the 16th Century in businessmen (merchants) traveling far and wide—even to the New World—for commerce. Their countless, dangerous voyages proved invaluable for distributing the rediscovered treasure for transforming civilizations.
Also, they were blessed with means to finance full-time missionary labors. Believers’ capital enthusiastically embarks on world missions and transforms people in every culture.
In all places, all God’s people are to be found.
III. All of Life (1 Cor. 10:31)
Speaking of cultural transformation, Paul preached that in Christ all things were created and that God has placed all things under his feet. No surprise then, that whatsoever we do, must be done in praise to his name. Precious is the thought that all of life is sacred, that every square inch falls under Christ’s reign.
So, if we are to live for the Lord, we’d better get the idea to march to the beat of our Master’s drum in claiming every sphere as belonging to him. Salvation is through faith alone, but a living faith geared for universal impact.
That said, was this not God’s plan from the beginning? The Spirit of God moving upon the face of the waters (Gen. 1:2) and storming Pentecost with wind and fire (Acts 2:2-3), now has his eye on the All Things, All Spheres—in his path.
For the Great Commission breathes new life into the Cultural Mandate to fill the earth and subdue it for Christ’s sake (Gen. 1:28-30). Now, even bells on horses and clanging cooking pots begin to ring out a new tune as holy unto the Lord (Zech. 14:20).
So, discarded should be any idea of a dichotomy between sacred and secular. Sure, on the one hand, the church and its worship are vitally important. But, on the other hand, so is every day education, hospital care, poverty relief, free enterprise, family life, political engagement—all is to be done in service to Christ who rules over all.
IV. All Members (1 Cor. 12:12)
An important principle of the Scriptures is insistence on the priesthood of all believers (1 Pet. 2:9)
The Apostle Paul states more than once that every member of Christ’s church, from the cradle to the grave, has a valued role to play for all Scripture to get to all nations into every sphere of life.
With no single body-part more essential than the rest, the church needs eyes and ears as well as arms and legs (1 Cor. 12:12-27).
This monumental truth disallows anyone, anyone, to sit in the bleachers only to applaud the religious professionals. Now, all members sing, all members serve. The Apostolic strategy is to grow a covenant community fully engaged.
With that in mind, is it any wonder that strong churches place such a high premium on Preaching the Word, instructing the youth and life-long learning for adults? Believers view intentional faith formation as celestial equipping for cultural re-formation.
No one is left behind because All Members are enlisted for active duty.
As you can see, such an idea mobilizes a powerful, democratic movement within divinely designed order.
V. All Your Heart (Mark 12:30)
While we talk of all directions, that means not only “out there,” but also, “in here.” For when it comes to the Christian faith, this idea is at the heart of the matter.
Jesus said we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart (Matt. 22:37). The wisdom of Proverbs cries out, “My son, give me thy heart” (Prov. 23:26) Calvin’s famous motto: “I offer my heart to Thee, Lord, promptly and sincerely.” You need only think of the Sursum Corda, “Let us lift up our hearts on high in heaven where Jesus is . . . ,” so it is announced as the Lord’s Supper is celebrated when believers come together.
This means a comprehensive, all-inclusive Christianity is anchored in the heart, the whole heart. When Christ knocks on the door of yours (Rev. 3:20), he’s not begging for a room to rent; he enters to take ownership of the entire estate.
So, the Savior didn’t shed his blood, send his Spirit, and graciously soften a hard heart, only to leave some sinful corners cold and uninhabitable. There, the King of the Universe shall be enthroned in all his royal majesty.
For all Scripture, to reach all nations, in all spheres, with all members, those believers must have a certain knowledge and assured confidence that the Hound of Heaven will never rest until he’s flooded your heart with his irresistible love. Where true faith seeks to include all of the heart's home, the Bride welcomes the Bridegroom into her innermost chambers (Songs 1:204; Rev. 22:1).
All God (Eph. 4:6)
Paul lifts off as he writes of “the one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph. 4:6). For a fleeting moment, I admit, I did wonder, “Is not this one more All? Are there perhaps six big ideas in my testimony instead of five?”
Can you see it now? All God gushes magnificently in and through all the other “Alls.” Think about it. Is this not a glorious doxology for those five, briefly explained? For this knee-bending compendium presents a heaven’s-eye view of all—from life to death, time to eternity, things visible to invisible. Because yes, it’s all about God; nothing really about us.
My father reminded me of this many times as a young boy, “The greatness of God and the nothingness of man. That’s what it’s all about, son.”
No wonder the Latin root omni, meaning “all,” distinguishes divine attributes as in omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. By no accident, the absolute Sovereignty of God is the crown jewel of what all Christians believe. You might say, All for One and One for All. No wonder Christians love to sing, “To God be the Glory!”
All said, what does this worldview testimony entail? Five HUGE ideas: All Scripture, All Nations, All Spheres, All Members and All your Heart. And with two words, you can describe the entire Christian enterprise and map: All God.
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