Saturday, July 09, 2005

Model for Word and Deed

If God is God then He is consistent in every way, imaginable and inconceivable to the human mind. If He has said that His word will endure the test of time we must conclude that there is something in both communication and content to make it so secure and lasting. What is the means of His message? Is the means an extension of the message? Do message and means compliment each other? To a world that is self-satisfied with the diatribe that the end justifies the means God gives a deliberate and singularly perfect model that the means of the gospel not only justify the ends but weave such beautiful coherence that the end is more fully complete for the narrative of the thing. The message of the gospel wouldn’t be the same without the tangible realness of relational narrative. While it is normal and often expected that men say one thing and seldom if ever are seen to follow through, God deliberately shows His people what it is like to live in covenant faithfulness by not only building interpersonal relationships Himself but recording them so that the generations may know of His steadfast love and purposeful intent.

As a people so deficient in matching word and deed, we could stand to study a bit more the model for life and godliness that has stood the test of time. It is not just a book. It is a handbook for covenant relationship. The model covenant between God and man is to be applied in every aspect between man and man, on earth just as it is in heaven.

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