Created to Draw Near – Edward T. Welch (2019)

Edward T. Welch, Created to Draw Near: Our Life as God’s Royal Priests (Wheaton: Crossway, 2019), 215 pp.

For several years, Edward T. Welch has been on the front lines of the biblical counseling movement. His recent offering, Created to Draw Near: Our Life as God’s Royal Priests is an insightful look at the scope of redemptive history and shows how believers are called upon to draw near to God as his royal priests.

Accordingly, the book is arranged in three parts: 1) Our Past, 2) Jesus Our Tabernacle, and 3) Almost Truly Human. Each section contains a series of short meditations, all of which are designed to show readers that God’s intention all along is for his creatures to draw near into his presence.

This book may take some getting used to for readers. There is a ebb and flow and a strategy that enables readers to see the big picture of God’s grand story. In order to see the forest, though, readers must become familiar with the trees.

“In the weakness of a baby he (Jesus) gave up power. He came to us, and the distance between heaven and earth has been forever recalibrated.”

“God’s laws, at their best, are instructions about how to be in relationship with him. Like any relationship, the more we follow the rules of the relationship – sexual fidelity, truthfulness, serving in love – the more we know intimacy and pleasure.”

“As saints, together we enjoy God’s fellowship, we want to know him even better and love him more, and wee want those who are further away to come near.”

A few noteworthy treasures are noted below. These treasures appear throughout the book and help bolster the original thesis that Dr. Welch advances, namely, that intends his creatures to draw near as God’s royal priests. Welch skillfully achieves his goal in this book, as the book ends with a majestic crescendo, expressed best in Revelation 21:3 – “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.”

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

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