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Tuesday, July 21, 2009


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

In fact, God presently acts for God always acts, even in His patience and mercy.

But one of these days God will act like no one will have expected. His nature demands it.

God’s mercy is far beyond any of ours. His patience likewise.

However, in balance to His mercy is His justice. Therefore, when His mercy reaches a particular line known to eternity, divine justice strikes.

Why? Again, because of the Lord’s persona. It is His nature for He is holy in mercy and justice.

America’s tolerance of immorality along with Barack Obama’s purposeful institution of nationwide secularism as the New Religion will only continue so long. Then the God who acts will perform the perfect event in answer to this paganism.

While a student at Harvard Divinity School, I had only one genuinely biblical professor—Old Testament Professor G. Earnest Wright. He authored “The God Who Acts.”

The thesis was that the Bible is not a theology book. It is a book recording happenings. These occurrences are brought about by a deity who acts.

So true. From Genesis to Revelation, God acts through people and situations to reveal who He is. From these events we cull doctrine and formulate theology.

With that, this Church Age continues to record the acts of God. This present anti-God era has experienced some of the divine moves. More are in the offing, like the planet has never seen, just as Jesus predicted in His prophetic dialogues with the disciples.

Consequently, we biblical believers must keep the faith though our numbers are not necessarily influential with the political powers-that-be. Biblical believers’ are mightily influential at the throne of heaven.

In the Acts of the Apostles, chapter two, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the Pentecost Festival example the decisive divine acts. Suddenly God thundered through the sky so as to fill the entire house where the believers gathered in prayer.

God acted. He did so quickly. He moved with a mighty noise witnessed by all Jerusalem so as to upset the entire city, rushing multitudes toward the Spirit’s infilling of Christ’s disciples.

What a contrast with Christ’s resurrection. Christ came back from the dead as practically a whisper. He revealed Himself—not with a dramatic push into Herod’s and Pilate’s administrative suites—but to a nondescript Mary of Magdala.

That was an act privy to the humble followers primarily.

However, at the Pentecost Festival, God acted with noise and power so as to turn a metro upside down. No wonder God’s ways and thoughts are far above ours.

In this time in which we live, this same God will act creatively to bring to naught the God-haters and honor the righteous remnant.