“Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” (Jn. 6:29)
From The Second Half of the Cross
The advance preparation of every positive character of faith in the Bible precisely matches their individual callings. Abraham the “father of faith” waits patiently for many years in faith for the birth of Isaac. Joseph is prepared ahead of time in Potiphar’s house and in Pharaoh’s prison to manage the nation of Egypt during a great famine. Moses is schooled in Egypt in military science, leadership, reading and writing, and in God’s special school for prophets in the quiet of the desert, to enable him through reliance upon God to go back to Egypt to deliver the Israelites. King Saul’s relentless pursuit of David prepares David to become a godly warrior/king who courageously and ably clears the regions around Israel from the constant threat from foreign enemies, and informs the inspiration to compose his timeless and endearing psalms.
Even the radically misguided action of persecuting the early Christian church prepares the highly educated, rabbinical Pharisee Saul/Paul to be able to enter the mission field with a super-humility that removed any condescending pride toward the polytheistic, idol-worshipping Gentiles. Only the living God, outside of the limits of time, could possess the foresight to match advance preparation with the singular tasks that the people of faith are called to perform as recorded in the Bible (Titus 2:14)).
The cross of Jesus Christ that sets us free from short-sighted and debilitating self-rule on the thrones of our lives, is a theme that runs throughout the Bible. God displacing our horizontally conventional plans with His higher ways, producing outcomes that impact the course of redemptive history beyond our individual human capacity, is found in every positive character recorded in the Bible.
A journey of faith following Jesus Christ for Christians today is as biblically orthodox as orthodoxy can get. The goal of this book is to illustrate the power of the cross within the fabric of the lives of several key biblical characters in order to better understand the relationship God wants to initiate with each of us if we will listen in the Spirit, study the Bible, and follow Him in faith.