Live This Chapter In Light Of The Final Chapter

“The final chapter of the drama of redemption not only tells us how the story ends, but also reveals the point of the whole story.  It is not too much to say that in order to understand the biblical story, we must know how it ends.  When we learn the goal toward which the biblical story moves, we understand the scope of God’s redemptive and covenantal concern—what he values, what he holds dear, what he considers worthy of his love and his redemptive work in Christ…

What is more, humans are future-oriented beings…We live our lives in light of our projected futures.  The future to which we aspire shapes our attitudes and decisions in the present. It’s important to know where we are headed, for it tells us how to live in the present…to live responsibly in the present requires that we be acquainted with our future end.  When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” he showed that he understood this.  Thus we attend to the final chapter of Scripture’s drama of redemption and orient our lives to in view of it.”

~ Michael D. Williams, Far As The Curse Is Found: The Covenant Story of Redemption, pp. 271-272

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