All from God
by Norman P. Grubb
Then the bold statement of Peter at Pentecost, “Jesus of Nazareth . . Him being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken and slain”, and that early recorded prayer, “Against Thy holy child Jesus both Herod and Pontius Pilate with the people of Israel, were gathered together for to do whatsoever Thy hand and Thy counsel determined before to be done”. |
Acts 2:22 Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.
Acts 4:27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.
As we have already said, in creating persons like Himself, He created a freedom of choice, and evil is that alternative false choice of Lucifer’s seeping down to us; and then God’s perfect meaning is that while there is the reaping of the harvest of false choices, He always has the perfect plan by which apparent losses are really gains, just as satan’s calvary became God’s resurrection of millions of satan’s captives and when Pilate said to Jesus, “Don’t You know I have power to crucify or release You?” Jesus answered, “Thou couldest have no power at all against Me, except it were given thee from above.” From above? We would surely have said, from beneath!” – John 19:10, 11
But ultimately “beneath-power” is actually from above.
So now seeing this foundation truth of the devil himself being really God’s convenient agent for good, we learn to see through our plentiful neg¬ative situations, and thus help others to do the same, and by the exercise of authoritative faith, persistently, boldly affirm God means just that, and my only sin is when I don’t believe that He is my God and Father of love when it appears, and indeed is, an operation of the devil himself. Then as I believe against all appearances, and not lightly or easily, I have the inner cairn of being able to accept an evil thing as from Cod. This is where I am moving on to the royal authority of faith of the Hebrews 11:32—34
Hebrews 11:32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, 33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.
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