Pilgrim’s Keyboard

January 22, 2009

God has created. God has spoken. God has acted.

Filed under: Some Famous | Some Not So Famous — pilgrimskeyboard @ 3:12 am

John W. Stouts

“In the beginning God.” The first four words of the Bible are more than an introduction to the creation story or to the book of Genesis. They supply the key which opens our understanding to the Bible as a whole. They tell us that the religion of the Bible is a religion of the initiative of God.

You can never take God by surprise. You can never anticipate him. He always makes the first move. He is always there “in the beginning.” Before man existed, God acted. Before man stirs himself to seek God, God has sought man. In the Bible we do not see man groping after God; we see God reaching after man.

Many people visualize a God who sits comfortably on a distant throne, remote, aloof, uninterested, and indifferent to the needs of mortals, until, it may be, they can badger him into taking action on their behalf. Such a view is wholly false. The Bible reveals a God who, long before it even occurs to man to turn to him, while man is still lost in darkness and sunk in sin, takes the initiative, rises from his throne, lays aside his glory, and stoops to seek until he finds him.

The sovereign anticipating activity of God is seen in many ways.

[1.] He has taken the initiative in creation, bringing the universe and its contents into existence: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

[2.] He has taken the initiative in revelation, making known to mankind both his nature and his will: “In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by [His] Son …”

[3.] He has taken the initiative in salvation, coming in Jesus Christ to set men and women free from their sins: “God … has visited and redeemed his people.”
God has created. God has spoken. God has acted. These statements of God’s initiative in three different spheres form a summary of the religion of the Bible.

—– [Basic Christianity, Downers Grove, Illinois: Intervarsity Press, 1971 (Original edition – 1958, Leicester, England: Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship), p. 11-12 (adapted)] —–

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1 Comment »

  1. Great article to post. It gives the whole plan of God in a way those whom He quickens will be able to understand.

    Comment by Cindy — January 23, 2009 @ 11:06 pm | Reply


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