Today we have one of the greatest and most gracious verses of the Bible. If we would be able to always live in the truth of this verse, our lives would be radically different. This post is part of “A Glorious Sacrifice,” which is available at Amazon to purchase or give as a gift: www.amazon.com/author/janblonk
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He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
This is one of the greatest verses in the Bible. It has no beginning and knows no end. It’s full of God—infinite, everlasting, and immeasurable. It abounds with His love, grace, and mercy. It states what God has done and what He, as a result, will do. Man is nowhere to be found, except as the blessed beneficiary. It poses itself as a question, but the answer is unmistakably clear.
Here are wells of salvation that never run dry or even slightly diminish. Any discouragement or doubt is easily swallowed up in this wave of matchless certainty. This verse expresses the totality of the gospel. It also sums up the Bible with all its commandments, promises, and blessings. Here we have the summary and essence of the Scriptures. Unless we read the Bible through the lens of this verse, we are sure to make a wrong interpretation and application. There are three parts: what God has done, what He, as a result, will certainly do and give, and how both are based on absolute grace.
God gave up His Son for us. He didn’t spare Him from any difficulty, struggle, sorrow, or pain. He gave Him over to unimaginable suffering and death. He did so for our temporal and eternal wellbeing. If we had been good and righteous, that might have made some sense, as Paul stated: “Though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die.” That’s not the case! He continued: “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:7-8). When we were still at enmity with God, having no desire for Him, He “gave him up for us all.”
Since He did the greater—the death of His Son—will He not also do the lesser—“graciously give us all things?” The answer is a perpetual yes! The question then is: what are “all things” referring to? It refers to all the commandments—that we will live accordingly as God will write them on our hearts and put them in our minds—all the blessings, all the favor, all the promises, and everything good and pleasing in His sight throughout eternal ages. That’s all freely given to us “in Christ”!
Lastly, Paul made sure that we don’t lose sight of the root and fruit of this amazing love. It’s all by grace and grace alone! There is no deserving, earning, or entitlement, but only God’s grace and His giving. That’s good news!
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The Devotional Writer
Author of “A Glorious Sacrifice“