How blessed it is to be included in the “US” of this wonderful and most gracious promise. Herein is the guarantee of “all things” to the receiver. The receiver is the believer. The “all things” are added to the Great Gift. The Great Gift must first be received before the “all things” are available. The Great Gift is God’s only Son.
“As many as received Him to them gave He right to become the children of God” John 1:12.
Hear and weigh well these words, if you are a child of God through faith in His only begotten Son
“HE THAT SPARED NOT HIS OWN SON, BUT DELIVERED HIM UP FOR US ALL, HOW SHALL HE NOT WITH HIM ALSO FREELY GIVE US “ALL THINGS?” Romans 8:32.
Surely our Heavenly Father will not withhold the “all things” from the receiver, if He did not withhold His very best. Do you remember those words of the Lord Jesus Christ recorded in the seventeenth chapter of John, the twenty-fifth verse: “Father, thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world?” And although, according to Ephesians 3:17 and 18, God wants His children to comprehend what is the breadth and length, and depth and height, and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, we can not begin to fathom that mutual love that existed between Father and Son before the foundation of the world. If we could begin to measure that infinite love, we could better understand “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” Think of the breadth and length, and height and depth of that little word “so.” Truly Christ on the cross is the measure of God’s love for sinners.
We can more readily accept, and more easily understand, the things that accompany salvation, the “much more,” the “all things,” or “blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ.” “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more.” Romans 5:10. Yes, every child of God can and should claim the “much mores” that he has in Christ.
And let us ever remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35. According to this principle, the Lord Jesus is always more willing to give than we are to receive. “For the joy that was set before Him endured the cross.” It was He who said, “I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish.” John 10:28. But in order that such a gift might be bestowed, God could not spare His own Son. Christ had to be delivered up. He was willing to be delivered up.
As we go back by faith to the bloody sweat of Gethsemane and the horrors, the torture and the shame of Calvary, remember in His own mind and heart it was more blessed to give than to receive. Every child of God can say with Paul concerning the sacrifice of Christ, “Who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20. Remember those words of that loving Saviour, when He knew that the suffering of death was before Him:
“AND THE BREAD THAT I WILL GIVE IS MY FLESH, WHICH I WILL GIVE FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD.” John 6:51
And in the light of all of His gracious promises, and especially with the knowledge of His sacrificial death of shame, shall we deny or doubt His willingness to supply every spiritual need? Shall we ever question His love, or shall we not believe the record concerning Him: “having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end?” John 13:1.
Let us praise the Lord in the language of Paul, recorded in Colossians 1:12 to 18:
“Giving thanks unto the Father, Which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light . . . Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love . . . In Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins . . . Who is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of every creature . . . For by Him were ‘ALL THINGS’ created, that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: ‘ALL THINGS’ were created by Him and for Him . . . And He is before ‘ALL THINGS,’ and by Him ‘ALL THINGS’ consist. . . And He is the Head of the body, the church; Who is the beginning, and Firstborn from the dead; that in ‘ALL THINGS’ He might have the preeminence.”
What an inheritance! What a redemption! Yea, what a Redeemer! He is before “all things.” By Him “all things” consist. By Him and for Him were “all things” created. Then He has the perfect right to have preeminence in “all things.”
This Blessed Redeemer of sinners is the brightness, or effulgence, of God’s glory, the express image of His person, and upholds “all things” by the word of His power. Hebrews 1:3. Little wonder then that the Father hath appointed His Son Heir of “all things.” Hebrews 1:2. We see not yet “all things” put under Him, but we see Jesus. Hebrews 2:8 and 9. And by Faith we see “all things” put under His feet.
“AND WHEN ‘ALL THINGS’ SHALL BE SUBDUED UNTO HIM, THEN SHALL THE SON ALSO BE SUBJECT UNTO HIM THAT PUT ‘ALL THINGS’ UNDER HIM.” I Corinthians 15:28.
“All things” belong to Christ by right of creation and by right of redemption. “All things were made by Him and without Him was not any thing made that was made.” “The Word was with God; and the Word was God.” John 1:1 to 3.
Behold the Blessed Son of God at God’s right hand in the heavenlies, “Far above principality, and power, and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come . . . And hath put ‘ALL THINGS’ under His feet, and gave Him to be Head over ‘ALL THINGS’ to the church Which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all.” Ephesians 1:20 to 23.
Are you a member of the Body of Christ? Are you seated with Him in the heavenlies? If you can say “yes” to the first question, God says “yes” to the second. Think of this matchless grace, this infinite love, or as God expressed it in Ephesians 2:4 . . . “But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us.” The Body of Christ is the fulness of Christ. “That they two shall be one flesh.” Ephesians 5:31 and 32. You say “too good to be true.” No, it is very good; but very true. Because God which cannot lie promised us eternal life before the world began. Titus 1:2. Here is glorious truth for your Christmas meditation and praise “WHO HATH SAVED US, AND CALLED US WITH AN HOLY CALLING, NOT ACCORDING TO OUR WORKS, BUT ACCORDING TO HIS OWN PURPOSE AND GRACE, WHICH WERE GIVEN US IN CHRIST JESUS BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN.” II Timothy 1:10.
And now back to our first verse: “For if God spared not His own Son but delivered Him up for us all, How shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
We feel as though we would like to say, “Lord, we believe, help Thou our unbelief.” Don’t you really love Paul’s “my gospel?” Doesn’t it suit you better than “strive to enter into the kingdom?” Pure saving grace is so beautiful. Why should any person try to spoil it with religion? I am sure that the devil is very largely to blame, don’t you think so? He is quite religious himself; but He does hate the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. And surely you will not line up with the devil and frustrate the grace of God with a mixture of law or religion.
“All things” are of God, Who hath reconciled us unto Himself by Jesus Christ.” II Corinthians 5:18. And hear the words of Jesus Christ: “All things” that the Father hath are mine.” John 16:15. We belong to the Father and the Son. We are God’s children and joint-heirs with Christ. The Holy Spirit is indwelling us as the evidence of this relationship. Romans 8:16 and 17. Therefore, God says to His children
“FOR IF GOD SPARED NOT HIS OWN SON BUT DELIVERED HIM UP FOR US ALL, HOW SHALL HE NOT WITH HIM ALSO FREELY GIVE US ALL THINGS?”
“FOR ‘ALL THINGS’ ARE YOURS . . . AND YE ARE CHRIST’S; . . . AND CHRIST IS GOD’S.” . . . I Corinthians 3:21 to 23.
THE BELIEVER’S ALL THINGS IN CHRIST
1. “By Him all that believe are justified from ‘all things.’ . . .” Acts 13:39.
2. “If any man be in Christ, there is a new creation, old things are passed away; behold ‘all things’ are become new.” II Corinthians 5:17.
3. “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in ‘all things’ may abound to every good work.” II Corinthians 9:8.
4. “In ‘all these things’ we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” Romans 8:37.
5. “And we know that ‘all things’ work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.
6. “Giving thanks always for ‘all things’ unto God, the Father, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20.
7. “I can do ‘all things’ through Christ Which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 3:13.
8. “I know how to be abased and I know how to abound: everywhere and in ‘all things’ I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” Philippians 3:12.
Let us not misappropriate the promises of God to Israel, or we may be disappointed. As members of the Body of Christ, we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies. But all who will live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. The Saviour said to His disciples, “in the world ye shall have tribulation.” To be hungry and abased belong to the “all things” of those who are in Christ. As one Christian said, “I am not, worthy to suffer such persecution for Christ’s sake.”
Then let us not forget that His Divine power hath given us “all things” that pertain unto life and godliness.” II Peters 1:3. So the “all things” that God will freely give to His children, to those who have received His own Son as Saviour and Lord, are not the riches of this world, and not necessarily the material blessings and temporal gifts that are seen. There is not the guarantee to any child of God of material prosperity. To even the most faithful member of the Body of Christ there is no assurance of an abundance of earthly things. On the contrary the Father may withhold from His child many of the comforts of life; even good health. But whatever may be the afflictions, or trials, or temptations, or problems, or obstacles, or other circumstances of life, God is able to make all grace abound. He still says, “My grace is sufficient for thee.” God is able to do exceeding abundant above all we can ask or think. My God shall supply all your need. But He may say, “having food and raiment let us therewith be content.” And the faithful child of God will say, “All things work together for good to those who love God.”
“LET YOUR CONVERSATION BE WITHOUT COVETOUSNESS, AND BE CONTENT WITH SUCH THINGS AS YE HAVE; FOR HE HATH SAID, ‘I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE, NOR FORSAKE THEE.’” Hebrews 13:5.
Let us remember that our Lord Jesus Christ is that Messiah who was to come into the world and, according to the testimony of that woman of Samaria, at the well, He was to tell us “all things.” John 4:25. And within a few moments after this utterance, that Messiah had read the mind and revealed the secrets of the heart of that sinful woman and she was running through the city crying, “Come see a Man Which told me ‘all things’ that ever I did.” He knows we did when we were sinners and “all things” we have since done. As Peter said some months later, “Lord, thou knoweth “all things” John 21:17.
So we cannot hide anything from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He knows “all things”; for “to us there is but one God, the Father, of Whom are ‘all things,’ and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ by Whom are ‘all things’ and we by Him.” I Corinthians 8:6.
May our Heavenly Father give us faith to appropriate the “all things” that He will freely give us with His own Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, through Whom we have received God’s free gift which is eternal life.
All things are His, and He is mine
I speak of Christ, my Lord Divine
Yes, by Christ all things consist,
Before all things He did exist.
Eternal Word in heaven above,
The object of His Father’s love.
Clothed in flesh, to earth Christ came
To show God’s grace; His love proclaim.
Christ tasted death for every man,
This was God’s redemption plan.
His sinless life Christ freely gave,
And now in mercy God will save
Sinful men of every race,
Salvation’s free; ‘tis all of grace.
The Lord of glory crucified;
Believing sinners justified.
Death abolished, Christ arose;
Waiting, now till all His foes
Shall be destroyed, His footstool be
Till God’s elect His glory see.
At God’s right hand the risen Lord
Upholds all things by His own word
Of all things Head, of all things Heir;
And the members of His Body share
His riches and His grace and love
Seated with Him in heaven above.
Joint-heirs with Christ, yes ‘tis true
Complete in Christ; all things new
Before all things my Saviour is;
If He is mine, then I am His.
And by His grace and power Divine
All things His, are, all things mine.
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