The Savior Who Sends
In previous posts (here and here), I have written about the importance that Francis DuBose holds in the conversation regarding the mission of God. Specificly, his book God Who Sends is a must read. It is one of the lesser known books in the missional conversation. In it DuBose offers an overview of the missional church, bringing people into an understanding for their need for personal repentance and to place their faith in Christ for salvation. God Who Sends is constructed to offer a biblical overview in which DuBose carefully, though concisely, moves through the Scriptures progressively. It is a difficult book to find but if you can put your hands on one, get it!
Today, I wanted to share with you a passage from the fifth chapter entitled “God: The Creator-Judge-Savior Who Sends.”
The Savior Who Sends by Francis DuBose
In his definitive study, God Who Acts: Biblical Theology as Recital, G. Ernest Wright makes a strong case for the biblical understanding of God as “One who acts.” This is in contrast to the traditionally perceived, “God who speaks.” Wright contends that the word of God always attends the acts of God, and without this understanding the word tends to become an abstraction. If the God of the Bible is the One who acts, then the theology of the Bible is the celebrative recital of the acts of God. Therefore, according to Wright, “Biblical theology is the confessional recital of the redemptive acts of God.”1
In the climactic confessional recital of Revelation 15:3, the redeemed “sing the song of Moses, and the song of the Lamb (the salvific title of Jesus in the Apocalypse) saying, ‘Great and wonderful are thy deeds, O Lord God the Almighty!’” In this confessional recital, the two “great and wonderful” redemptive deeds of God are celebrated: the Exodus deliverance under Moses and the Calvary deliverance unto Jesus. It is significant that the Scriptures describe these great salvation events of the old and new covenants as accomplished by the sending of God. The language of the Old Testament is explicit in describing the Exodus salvation through the sending of Moses. The language of the New Testament is equally explicit in describing the ultimate salvation through the sending of Jesus. The God of the Bible is more than “the One who is” and “the One who speaks,” he is “the One who acts”; the way he acts is through the sending. The God of the Bible is “the One who sends.” And his ultimate sending is his salvific sending.
1. G. Ernest Wright, God Who Acts: Biblical Theology as Recital (London: SCM Press, LTD, 1964), pp. 12,13.