Today I would like to consider what the Gospel tells us about God. This will be a broader treatment of the subject. As we have considered various aspects of the Gospel we have tried to provide a wider perspective rather than a detailed accounting.
As we look at the Gospel, what can it tell us about God? And more specifically, what can it tell us about what God considered when determining how we would accomplish the salvation of the lost?
I have framed today’s reflection as the Gospel’s might. The idea of power and ability is what we should have in mind. But not only these. We should also consider the scope of God’s considerations.
To put it another way, God’s efforts to save were total. Nothing was left unconsidered or unaccounted for.
The Gospel is the pinnacle of divine wisdom. Within it, we see the very best of the mind of God on display. The fact that it appears simple should give us pause. Just because God was able to accomplish the seemingly impossible doesn’t mean that it was not well throughout.
When we consider the innumerable factors that constitute one hour of one person’s life, we would be hard-pressed to think those events were random. But multiply these possibilities with the hours of one day, one month, one year, and one life. Then multiply those possibilities by all the lives that have existed since the creation of the world, and you will see that God was considering far more than just His own actions.
The interactions of so many independent possibilities should inspire greater awe in God. It is one of the reasons the words of Paul in Romans take on a new meaning considered against the realities described above.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.Romans 8:28 NKJV
What things was the apostle thinking about? I would argue that even if Paul was just considering the regular and public aspects of life that would still be remarkable. But, when we see how even those choices that seem inconsequential are compiled over the course of one’s life, we must kneel before the capabilities of God to navigate them all.
This is the Gospel’s might. God has conceived of and accomplished the work of redemption without missing a step or dropping a beat. God has worked all things, both the good and bad, the honorable and the wicked, to accomplish his purposes.
What a mighty God we serve.