J. Gordon Duncan

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A Brief History of Time

brief history of timeThe Bible does not look at history as having to do primarily with individual successes or achievements. The meaning of history is in God’s work: God reaching down into the mass of fallen humanity and saving some hell-bent men and women, bringing them into a new fellowship, the church, and beginning to work in them in such a way that glory is brought to Jesus Christ.” James Montgomery Boice

In our daily ebb and flow of life, it is more than likely that we will become depressed either by our lack of accomplishment, lack of progress, or failure to attain what we want. Why is this? Often it is because our view of history is as one who sees history as the telling of our story. But a redemptive view of history broadens our perspective. If we see the unfolding of our lives less in terms of our own individual perspective and more so in the perspective of our role in the outplaying of God’s redemptive work, we will find true hope. If we see history selfishly, we will find true despair.

We are either part of God’s work in bringing flawed people to himself for true glory or we will feel the weight of one’s own lack of ability to be good. Both involve very weak, non-perfect people. One group has embraced grace (forgiveness for which we do not deserve) and another has embraced self-effort. But, self-effort is self-torture. A friend of mine the other day said, “I just want to be good.” A good desire, but we just can’t be good on our own (ask my 2 year old).

But what if the meaning of history was God’ taking those people who try so hard to be good but aren’t, and truly redeeming them, calling them good because another was good for them? Then our lack of accomplishment or lack of progress would seem smaller in our minds b/c we have found real accomplishment and progress in the perfect work/life of Jesus Christ.

This post appeared in its original form on 12/16/09 at http://www.xanga.com/gordzilla7

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August 17, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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