“But God reveals himself not merely as our Creator and the one to whom we are ultimately accountable for all or our words and actions. God is also our Redeemer, bringing redemption in the face of human rebellion. As God’s character provides the moral fabric to the universe, it also brings grace when we his creatures reject that moral fabric. This is to say that God brings both judgment and mercy. Judgment comes in response to rebellion; mercy is made manifest in the face of rebellion because of God’s good pleasure. Together they form the very heart of the picture of God. He is both righteous and gracious. He acts to bring both condemnation and redemption. His word is a two-edged blade; sword and scalpel, it both cuts and heals,” (265).
In the Fabric of Theology, Richard Lints offers a compelling argument for a different approach to theological prolegomena. Summarily, Lints argues that Scripture is not a simple recording of the acts of God in history, but that they (the Scriptures) are a theological interpretation of the acts of God who has worked in history to bring about redemption. A faithful theological development will bear this in mind, and so order the theological conversation around the concept of what Lints calls “redemptive history”. This redemptive history is discovered through the tri-fold examination of the textual, epochal, and canonical horizons. His argument is compelling, though incomplete.