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What God Predicted Would Happen

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In Acts 3, St. Peter gives an extended meditation on the outworking of God’s plan in history. Having healed a crippled man by God’s power, Peter says to the Jews:

But what God predicted through the mouth of all the prophets—that His Messiah would suffer—He has fulfilled in this way. Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus, who has been appointed for you as the Messiah. Heaven must welcome Him until the times of the restoration of all things, which God spoke about by the mouth of His holy prophets from the beginning. Moses said: The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your brothers. You must listen to Him in everything He will say to you. And everyone who will not listen to that Prophet will be completely cut off from the people. “In addition, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those after him, have also announced these days.

The events in which Peter and the other apostles are involved are events which fulfill prophecies. This means that they are sovereignly ordained by God to come to pass, as indeed they are doing, just as Jesus’ death sovereignly came to pass. This is how history works, as an overarching plan and purpose of God among humankind. This is true even when godless cultural and academic mobs seem to be gaining the ascendancy, when the functionaries of pagan sexuality are having their way in their arrogance. God is fulfilling His purposes, and we need not fear.

The Scriptures may not have “announced” our days specifically, as they did the days of Acts, but our days, and the course of events in our lives among the nations, are surely ruled by God’s sovereign hand just as much. As St. Paul says elsewhere, “From one man [God] has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and He has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live.” (Acts 17:26).

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

May 3, 2015 at 6:39 am

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