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Christian Faith


Author: H.E. Bishop Bawai Soro

Part One: THE FIRST AND THE LAST


"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end."

Revelation 22:13 These words of Jesus in the book of Revelation encompass the story of God's people, the Church.
H.E. Bishop Mar Bawai Soro

Our story, the salvation history of mankind, begins with God. From the first words uttered by God at creation, "Let there be light" (Genesis 1:3), to the last words breathed by Jesus on the cross, "It is finished" (John 19:30), the story of the human race begins and continues in God. From the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles at Pentecost to the Second Coming of Christ at the end of time, the story of God's family, the Church, is first, last and always the work of God.

All that we are begins in God, who created us in his image and likeness. Our end, our goal and purpose as his creatures, is also in God, who shapes us and molds us as a potter molds the clay (Isaiah 64:7).

Christian faith thus begins and ends in God. To allow God to make faith a living part of our life, we must seek to know him, to make a home for him within our hearts. As we become the clay in his hands, it is his love and mercy, his wisdom and forgiveness that mold us and fashion us into his sons and daughters, brothers and sisters in Christ.

Through Abraham, God revealed himself to the Jewish people as One God. He brought Abraham from Mesopotamia (the Land of our ancestral fathers) to a new land to make him the father of a new people. God gave to Moses and to the Jewish people the Ten Commandments, which first make this declaration that there is one God only, and that the Lord is God. At these moments in which God chose the growing Jewish nation to be his people, he revealed himself as the one and God, and he revealed his statutes and commandments as his special gift to his people.

The Jewish people lived in a cultural climate where their contemporaries believed in many gods, deities who often captured the worst of human nature in their character but yet were mute and impotent, unable to speak or act on behalf of those who put their faith vainly in them. Time and again the Lord God spoke and acted on behalf of his chosen people, so that the Jewish nation itself said, "what great nation is there that has gods so close to it as the Lord, our God, is to us whenever we call upon him?" (Deuteronomy 4:7) They came to recognize the Lord as powerful and yet loving. The God of all creation was interested in them in a special way, so much so that, in the fullness of time, from them a humble virgin gave birth to God's Son.

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