“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal.2:20)
From The Second Half of the Cross
As Abraham traveled from Haran to Canaan, with each step forward Abraham walked away from conventional normalcy toward a higher life-script now featuring faith and trust in God, composed entirely out of the creative imagination of God. A God-crafted journey of faith as recorded in the narrative stories of the Bible completely displaces our ways with God’s higher ways (Hebrews 11:8).
The calling of Abraham to become the father of faith could have involved any set of normal circumstances based in Haran, without ever going to Canaan. But traveling to Canaan, and waiting patiently in the Promised Land year after year for the birth of Isaac were both far outside of the initial contemplation of Abraham. A biblical journey of faith lies outside of our own making. It is devoid of human contrivance, self-reliance, and self-realization by purposeful design. A biblical journey of faith is radically different from other religions and philosophies, for profound reasons having eternally beneficial outcomes.
A God-composed journey of faith is a uniquely original, one-time, fiat creation that authenticates the God of the Bible as the one true living God. It stands completely outside of human literary invention, because the concept of the cross of Jesus Christ setting aside our ways to be replaced by God’s higher ways, not only runs contrary to worldly conventional thinking, but is beyond our capacity to self-orchestrate (Isaiah 55:8-9). The invention of a journey of faith is God’s effective antidote to the destructive nature of a life in bondage to sin, the practical extension of God’s salvation into the spiritually born-again life.
No human writer could invent the cross component of the narrative life-stories of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Ruth, Esther, Daniel, Peter, or Paul. The idea of God crafting for each of us an individually purposeful life-script that we willingly follow according to God’s initiative through cooperative faith…is beyond our imagination (Jeremiah 31:31-34). No power on earth other than the Holy Spirit can actualize a biblical quality adventure of faith into true reality. An adventure of faith following God to a destination we could not possibly anticipate in advance, following routes that are beyond human imagination, is a concept totally unique to the Bible in all of human history, experience, and culture. A biblical style adventure of faith, where God is the composer of the script and the leader of the expedition, will not be found anywhere in modern comparative religious studies.