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GOD ACTING IN HISTORY
We do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
God's plan is carried out by His acting in history. This is a vital point. Christianity is not primarily teaching; it is a recorded history. Christianity is not urging men to think and to try to delve into the mystery and to discover the truth about God. It says, "Listen, this is what God has done." Is that not what happened on the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem? Is that not what the people said about the apostles when they began to speak with other tongues? "What is this?" they said. "We do hear them speak in our tongues"--what?--"the wonderful works of God." Not the thoughts of God but the works of God, the things that God has done.
And that is the message of Christianity. Here it is: "Now after that John was put in prison" (Mark 1:14); that is a fact of history, an event in time, just as Julius Caesar landed in Britain in 55 B.C. So at a given point in time John the Baptist was thrown into prison, and at that moment Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God and saying, "The time is fulfilled." "Listen to Me," He said, "it has happened, it has come." Now what does this mean" It means that your salvation and mine depends not upon our thoughts, nor upon our discovery of truth, but entirely and utterly upon something that has literally happened in this world almost two thousand years ago.
So we preach to this atomic age, and this is what we say--not "Come and join us on the uncharted ocean, and help us take soundings in order that we may arrive ultimately." No; we say, "Look back, look back; go back two thousand years, to the first century. Listen: 'When John was thrown into prison Jesus came and said....'" That is it. In other words, our salvation depends not upon our understanding but upon what God has done in Christ.
A Thought to Ponder
Our salvation depends not upon our understanding but upon what God has done in Christ.
From The Kingdom of God, p. 19.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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