The War is Won
This post was written by Mel Lawrenz
In the cross and in the resurrection, God wins. God has won the war, though the battles continue. He has sent his grace, his unstoppable intent to pour out mercy and kindness, to the human race like food flowing into famine and water into parched mouths.
When Jesus died on the cross, the clash between the political powers of earth and the dark power of the demonic and the brilliant power of God came to a decisive climax. The light went out for three hours, the body of the author of life slumped against the rough wood. Perhaps Satan laughed, then cowered. The curtain of the temple was torn open as a sign, as if this High Priest had stepped up to the Holy of Holies, the presence of God, and ripped open an entryway that would forever make a relationship with God only as far away as the words “I believe. I do believe.”
But God is also continuing to save us. The battles still rage on, though the outcome is certain. Writing from prison, the apostle Paul said, “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,” and then, to make sure that people with broken legs didn’t try to run too soon, added, “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Phil. 2:12-13; italics mine). He also wrote, “The message of the cross if foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor.1:18; italics mine). The process of salvation is God’s faithful, constant work of educating us and shaping us and cleansing us: “I will save you from all your uncleanness” (Ezek.36:29). That means that the wisest person is the one who says, “I am unclean, I can’t get the dirt off, I can’t heal myself. God, please do what only you can.”
Excerpt from Putting the Pieces Back Together: How Real Life and Real Faith Connect. Complimentary DVD available now.
This entry was posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 2:00 am and is filed under Everything New.
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