Jesus Christ: Declaring The End From The Beginning

Grace and peace unto the Body of Christ, and greetings to those still in the world.

With evil growing exponentially, and the world growing increasingly hostile toward the Christian Church, Christians need to rely more than ever on the eternal Word of God for encouragement.  What encourages us is that we believe the Word of God is true forever, so when our Lord Jesus says, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” we can rest assured he was speaking the truth.

We believe this, because we believe that God is Omniscient: He knows everything, including the future.  In times of trouble, we need to know that we can rely on Him to do what he says He will do.  It is vitally important for Christians to become intimately familiar with the promises of God that we can hold them to our hearts in times of trouble.  But we should also seize on passages where God declares His omniscience, for they will help us to understand that what He has written concerning the future of the Christian Church is reliable, and this is a comfort.

We know that Isaiah 42:9 says that God declares “the former things…before they spring forth” and that Isaiah 46:10 says that God declares “the end from the beginning.”  These are the standard verses that prove God’s omniscience.  But there is an oft-overlooked passage in the New Testament that demonstrates God’s omniscience in an even more poignant fashion.

In John 12:20-30, the Bible describes how the Greeks approached the Apostle Philip, desiring to see Jesus.  Upon hearing this, Jesus was troubled, looking ahead to the cross when He would suffer and die not only for the sins of the Jewish people, but also for the Gentiles.  Verses 26 and 27 are what we want to examine.  Jesus speaks:

“Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour:

“but for this cause came I unto this hour.  Father, glorify thy name.”

“Then came there a voice from heaven saying,

“I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”

The power in this passage is in its simplicity.  Let us look at it again.

“I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”

The English student will be quick to notice that I is the subject, and have is the verb.  Have is a helping verb in the past tense; therefore, to be grammatically correct, the verb(s) it refers to must also be in the past tense.  This is where it gets interesting.  Glorified is in the past tense, but will glorify is in the future tense, making the sentence grammatically incorrect.  And because of the adverb both, the verb have must refer to both verb phrases.  This not only represents improper grammar, but also a logical impossibility: a person cannot perform a future action in the past.  To illustrate, the sentence would be grammatically correct if it read:

“I have glorified it, and [I] will glorify it again.”

This is because the future in this case represents the intent to complete an action, not a completed action.  However, the presence of the adverb both, suggests that both the past and future actions have already been completed.  It essentially says, “I have already done and will do it.”  It makes no sense in human terms.

Now we only have two choices in this matter.  We can decide that a grammatical error was made in translation, and somehow generations of Christians have missed it.  Or—or, we can see it for what it is: that God is Omniscient, and He can, therefore, declare that which has not happened as though it already has.

We who believe know that the translation of the Bible was as inspired as the writing of the books which make up the Bible.  So, the first option is really not an option at all.  We must, therefore, come to the obvious conclusion that the translation is correct, and that the Apostle John really did mean to write what he wrote.  God is Omniscient.  He really does declare the end from the beginning.

Brothers and sisters, if this doesn’t give you hope; if this doesn’t give you confidence; if this doesn’t make you excited, then you need to take your pulse and see if you are still alive.  If you don’t believe God’s Word, then all this will be meaningless.  But if you do believe, then this should give you goose bumps, as it gave me.

In these very difficult times, we will need to rely more and more on Jesus Christ for hope, strength, and assurance.  Scriptures like this show us that we can believe in Him.  For He is who He says He is.  He will not only do it; He has already done it.

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Stay encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

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