Evangelical Dictionary of Theology by Walter A. Elwell

By Walter A. Elwell

This magisterial quantity is a needs to for pastors, scholars, elders, deacons and all severe scholars of the Bible. short signed articles by means of professionals of their box hide the whole Biblical/theological spectrum from a considerate evangelical point of view

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Even after reaching Canaan, Abraham still remained a stranger and did not live to see the fulfillment of the promises (Heb. 11:9-10). He did believe that God would give him Absolution a son and that his offspring would someday become as numerous as the stars. On the basis of this faith God "credited it to him as righteousness" (Gen. 15:4-6). Paul cites this passage as his first illustration of justification by faith in Rom. 4:1-3. In the same chapter Paul notes that Abraham dared to believe that Sarah would give birth to the promised child, even though she was past the age of childbearing and he was a hundred years old (Rom.

5:1-4, 17; Phil. 2:5-11. R. G. GRUENLER See also ADAM; INCARNATION. Bibliography. C. K. Barrett, From First Adam to Last; O. Cullmann, The Christology of the NT; R. Scroggs, The Last Adam; W. D. Davies, Paul and Rabbinic Judaism Adiaphora, Adiaphorists. Adiaphora (Gk. "indifferent things"; German Mitteldinge, "middle matters") refers to matters not regarded as essential to faith which might therefore be allowed in the church. ) to be tolerable for the sake of church unity. This issue became the focal point for a bitter controversy prompted by the Augsburg Interim forced on the Lutherans in 1548 by Emperor Charles V and accepted by Melanchthon and others in the Leipzig Interim.

When the expected return did not occur as Miller originally had predicted, a reinterpretation of the Scripture set Oct. 22, 1844, as the correct date. The faithful met in their local gathering places on the appointed day worshiping and waiting. The "Great Disappointment" which followed the failure of the prophecy led many Millerites to forsake the movement and slip back into the churches from which they had never formally dissociated themselves. Miller himself acknowledged his error and dissociated himself from the movement and all further attempts to redeem it.

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