Meditation on God’s Providence (8)
Part 2: God’s Action in History
We have engaged with God’s Word in the Acts of the Apostles, Luke’s Spirit-inspired history of the church’s rise from a few trembling followers of Christ to an empire spanning movement. What happened to bring this about would be viewed as one of the greatest fantasy-myths of all time was it not for one incontrovertible fact – Christ’s Church does indeed exist!
Not only does it exist, but as shown by the Apostle’s Creed (circa second century A.D.), it has been built on a gospel that seamlessly extends back to the very beginning.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.
What we must consider is why the Lord God chose to act in history through this means. That is, since He has chosen to act in history, it’s reasonable to assume that He has done so at least in part to transmit information to us. We would be contemptuous indeed were we not to delve into the possible meaning. For this is a message transmitted in our Lord and Savior’s own blood and that of untold multitudes of saints who followed Him to their own ultimate sacrifice. It’s a message transmitted through countless acts of love, generosity and humility. Yes, we must listen intently; consider with the greatest care what our Lord God is saying to us through His action in history.