In 1 John 4:9 – 10, we are told of the great Love of God. John writes, “By this, the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
How beautiful indeed are these words. It wasn’t that we loved God that drove Christ to the cross, but that God loved us. The Scripture teaches us that when we were still enemies of God that Christ died for us. The truth of salvation is that it is of the Lord and not of our our making.
Have you ever felt that you are not “good enough” to merit God’s love? If you have, then you are like the rest of us. We all (in our flesh) struggle from time to time with the basis of our salvation. If we reflect on the truth of God’s Word, then we are reminded by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, that we are saved by the Life of Jesus Christ alone. It was His perfect life (keeping the Law completely) and His completely unblemished sacrifice at Calvary for us that has purchased our total salvation.
Jesus, before the foundation of the world, knew that He must be the Lamb of God to die for our sin. Our minds cannot fully grasp the totality of the sacrifice that God has made for us. So, we struggle with trying to earn God’s love and favor and in essence our own salvation. However, we never could earn God’s love. Nor can we work hard enough to keep it.
It is for us as His children, to live in that love that He so graciously has given to us through His Son. We are now Children of God. We “… who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor the will of man, but of God” must rest in Christ. For He alone is our salvation. In Him, we are chosen, redeemed, justified, sanctified, and glorified. We are hidden in Christ in Heaven even now.
Let us be thankful and rejoice in the Lord always. Give God abundant gratitude for His Son Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In Him, we cry out “Abba, Father!” When we do, we are heard by the Great I AM.