The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
Part 7 - "All Things"
"He that spared not His own Son, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:3 ).
The "all things" God will eternally - and in this moment - freely give to us cost Him far more than we will ever know. "He… spared not His own Son" not only to deliver us from eternal judgment, but also to purchase the "life and breath and all things" with which He will bless us forever (Acts 17:25).
We correctly think of salvation upon first consideration of the Lord Jesus and His sacrifice. God forgives, indwells, and assures all who believe that He will bestow upon us "everlasting habitations" in His presence (Luke 16:9). Certainly, this is primary in our understanding of God's "unspeakable gift" through the Lord Jesus (II Corinthians 9:15).
However, Paul references "all things" regarding the gift of Christ. The measure of such grace involves more than salvation. Our Savior's sacrifice purchased everything God has ever given or ever will give to us. In our Heavenly Father's infinite perspective, the Lord Jesus is "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Revelation 13:8). God has always related to the human race in the light of Christ's sacrifice, either as the promise to come, or the promise fulfilled. He could give us nothing but judgment apart from the Lamb. Through Him, He instead reveals His longsuffering patience to all, presently giving "life and breath and all things" even to those who reject Him, and the provision of a loving Father to those who receive Him (Acts 17:25). "My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19)
No more significant or solemn truth graces the pages of Scripture. The Lord Jesus suffered and died to make it possible for God to "freely us all things." This applies to everything God has given, or ever will give to us. Everything. All things were were purchased by the suffering, forsakenness, and death of the Lord Jesus. When we thank God for His gifts, whatever their nature or measure may be, we thank Him for the price He paid to make possible His bestowal, be it our next breath, or some grace we will know far yonder in our Heavenly eternity. Nothing will more motivate our deepest gratitude and the desire to give thanks to our wondrous Lord. Nor will anything more bear witness to what we know most deeply within, namely, we can never God thanks well enough, or often enough.
"We Thy people and sheep of Thy pasture will give Thee thanks forever."
Weekly Memory Verse
In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
(I Thessalonians 5:18)