May 13th, 2021
Our father in heaven is the Lord God of heaven and earth. What He says goes. He speaks and things happen. By His creative Word He brought all things into being. By His providential Word He upholds, directs, and governs all things. His Word does not return to Him empty because it failed to achieve what He wanted it to achieve. Rather, it accomplishes what He sends it out to do.
What is true of God’s creative and providential Word is also true of His Word as written down in the Bible. It accomplishes what He wants to accomplish with it. What does God want to accomplish with the Bible? He wants to turn the world back to Him. He wants to tell people how they can get back into proper relationship to Him. Humankind fell into sin and became alienated from God. God had a plan to redeem the world through Jesus Christ and the Bible, in both its Old Testament and New Testament, tells us about that plan.
And God’s written word is not failing to achieve what He wants to achieve with it; it is not returning to Him empty. What began as a small movement in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire has advanced from there throughout the whole world. What began with a few people in an upper room in Jerusalem has advanced from there to include over two billion people. Jesus’ prophetic parables have come true. The small mustard seed has become the largest plant in the garden (Mark 4:30-32). The yeast has worked its way throughout the dough (Matthew 13:33). All of this is because God’s written Word has accomplished what it was intended to accomplish.
And God’s written Word will continue to achieve what He wants to achieve with it until the full number of people are brought into the church. All of us who read and hear the words of the Bible, who speak and proclaim the words of the Bible, participate in the accomplishment of its purpose.
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