Two Lines of History
A Sermon on Acts 5:29-32
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” (ESV)
History can be divided into two categories according to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the history of man and history of God. In the history of man, world peace and cooperation are the ultimate goal. This is to be brought about through human means such as education, government, and moral teaching, and these means seek to bring the world to perfection. The other history is that of God, and at the center of His story is the crucified and risen Savior, Jesus Christ. He establishes the kingdom of God by his blood and kingship. He will reign over all history as God’s only begotten Son, the prince of peace. In Christ we see the futility of all the so-called kingdoms of the world, for they are established on nothing, but the vain wisdom of the world. This is in contrast to the kingdom of God that is established by the blood of Christ. So, all must repent of their sins and believe upon the only Son of God who died upon the cross so that sinners could have life.