The QuasiChristian

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God’s Revelation: The Christian Approach To History (Part 2)

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ constitutes the foremost New Testament example of God’s sovereignty in the face of evil. Acts 4:27–28 depicts this monstrous evil as under God’s sovereign control: “For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.”

A third element in the Christian approach to history is that God uses pagan nations to accomplish His ends. When Jeremiah warned Judah that God was about to judge them for their spiritual adultery, he shows God summoning Nebuchadnezzar, “My servant,” to be the instrument of His judgment. In Jeremiah 27:7 God declares, “all the nations shall serve him, and his son, and his grandson, until the time of his own land comes.” When Isaiah prophesied of the coming liberation of the exiles from captivity, he prophetically named the Persian ruler Cyrus as the one to effect that liberation. God said of Cyrus, “He is My shepherd! And he will perform all My desire … Whom I have taken by the right hand, to subdue nations before him, and to loose the loins of kings” (Isa. 44:28–45:1). Thus the Bible strips away the surface of history and reveals the transcendent sovereign God moving history His way.

Finally, the Christian approach to history focuses on the principle of justice that pervades God’s character and subsequently His history. When He uses a pagan nation to accomplish His ends, as He did in choosing Babylon to judge Judah, His justice demands that that nation likewise be judged. In Jeremiah 50:29 God calls for the nations to align against Babylon: “Repay her according to her work; according to all that she has done, so do to her; for she has become arrogant against the Lord, against the Holy One of Israel.” When the nation God has raised up accomplishes His purposes, He judges that nation righteously and justly. Just as an individual cannot sin with impunity, the same is true for a nation.

Eckman, J. P. (2004). The truth about worldviews : A biblical understanding of worldview alternatives (123–125). Wheaton Ill.: Crossway Books.

September 10, 2010 Posted by | Revelation | , , , , , | Leave a comment