The great explanation

In recent times, out of necessity, Christians have had to emphasize the steps to salvation, and great good has been done through studies about faith, repentance, baptism, and obedience. This emphasis has been due to the false teachings about how we ought to respond to the grace of God.

At the same time, great benefit will accrue to those who study the wonderful concepts of salvation.

Terms like redemption, justification, reconciliation, sanctification, atonement, and others hold great truths and powerful images for our understanding and appreciation of what God accomplished at the Cross of Christ.

Even the word salvation gathers a rich collection of concepts so that we might know what happened at Calvary and how the forgiveness of sins completely transforms our past, present, and future.

Such words as these offer us the big picture of God’s eternal project to bring man back to himself. They describe the great event of God’s interventive action in Christ. They are the divine interpretation of his movements in this world on man’s behalf.

Postmodernism emphasizes action at the expense of explanation. God doesn’t think like that. He gave us an entire history, an amazing book, as the unfolding revelation of what he was planning, of how he went about that plan, and how he brought it to pass. And how he continues to carry it forward to its final conclusion.

That history book contains the recipe for making the Cross event a present reality and a future hope.

The Bible is the greatest example of learning from history and, even more, making that history alive in us, of turning divine history into human inheritance.

God didn’t write a book to profit from its sales. He brought it into being as a part of his plan of salvation. Through this book, a soul is grabbed from the clutches of hell to be placed in a wide space of divine blessing.

This is not dramatic theater, but a description of reality. And not only a description, but the means by which the rescue action is performed.

Like the words at a wedding, “I now pronounce you …,” God’s words make the transformation actually happen.

Postmodernists tell us not to get bogged down in the big ideas, in the meaning of words, in the details of the plan. Just get out there and do something good for humankind. Whatever strikes your fancy.

God tells us to study carefully the book, its words, their meanings. See the over-arching concepts, the exquisite details, the amazing unity, and the inerrant fulfillment with the Cross as the center point of history.

The Lord wants us to feel the power that leaps from each page into our hearts. He wants us to grasp the truths that transform our minds. He wants us to see his vision painted broadly across the skies that penetrates the mysteries of the universe and brings the guiding Star within our sight.

Let us note, then, every word, great and small, every jot and tittle, every letter writ large.

For there be heavenly gold in its pages.

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J. Randal Matheny

Servant of the Lord at GoSpeak
Randal and his wife have lived and worked in Brazil since 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. Randal's a lefty, a chocolate lover, an author and a poet.

4 thoughts on “The great explanation

  1. Every jot every tittle…and I truly believe that, because Yeshua Himself said in Matt. 5:18 “For truly I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all is done.
    Now a jot (from the Hebrew) means the smallest letter and tittle is a small stroke or point in writing or printing,as any accent over a letter.
    So with that being said, I just don’t understand why the Fourth Commandment concerning the Sabbath is not followed today. I KNOW Constantine changed the Sabbath to Sunday, but he was a man. (Whom had NO right to do this.) Sadly, when I read statements that say you must follow EVERY word of the Bible and then they worship on Sunday as the “Sabbath”, it is beyond me to understand why. As for me and mine, we WILL follow what YaHuWah says, and will always keep Isaiah 66: 23 close at hand. If YaHuWah thinks the Sabbath, His Sabbath, not one changed by man,is that important than I choose to follow Him.

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