At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die.
He was out there sort of like a president. I recognized his picture when I saw it, but I really didn’t know Him.
But later on, when I met God, it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that God was at the back, helping me pedal.
I don’t know when it was that he suggested that we change places, but life has not been the same since. When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring, but predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points. Read More
To finish our birds-eye tour of the Bible, we need to look at one final book, The Acts of the Apostles, as it is titled in our English Bibles. Actually it is mostly about two apostles: Peter and Paul. Our lecturer during ministerial training told us the title should be"The Acts of the Holy Spirit," but that was a bit of Pentecostal enthusiasm. "Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles" (Acts 5:12 ESV), so it would be better to say that it was a "divine-human reciprocity" (Oral Roberts). Others say it this way: "Without you, God will not, and without Him, you cannot." So let's look at the fifth narrative book of the New Testament.
We have seen that some books have our "address on the envelope," such as Paul's writings, and these should predominantly be our source of faith and practice. Other books are written for our learning, and in our last post we looked at the four Gospels. Jesus instructed his disciples on many things, but not about everything that was about to happen. This was intentional, as they had to rely upon the power of the Holy Spirit and the Christ within for their guidance in the situations they ran across, in other words, they had to live by faith. Sometimes they used their sanctified imagination until they really learned the lesson to only do what they were guided to do, just as Jesus only did and said what the Father told him. Read More
“The divine ‘yes’ has at last sounded in him, for in him is the ‘yes’ that affirms all the promises of God.” (II Corinthians 1:19-20 Moffatt)
Jesus is the Yes — the divine Yes. A great many people today would like to choose Christianity, but they think it is a No to living. “You cannot do this.” “You cannot do that.” “You cannot do the other” — if you are a Christian. This is in fact a denial of the will to live. It is the will to surrender and die.
So listen to my text: “The divine ‘yes’ has at last sounded in him, for in him is the ‘yes’ that affirms all the promises of God.” This verse says it is a divine Yes. And it says it has been at last sounded. Because before Jesus life was a No. The ancients did not know how to say Yes. Read More