But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!”
Jesus’s glory stands in direct relation to what He has obtained with His righteous life and sacrificial death. He obtained all God’s favor, blessings, and promises on behalf of His people. He is righteously entitled to them and freely bestows them on His body.
It’s, therefore, a great crime against Him when we believe and seek to obtain God’s favor, blessings, or promises by our works, as though we can earn them. Peter calls that mindset “wickedness,” which requires repentance: “Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you” (Acts 8:22). Wow! “If possible”!
It’s very serious when we even think that we can earn or obtain God’s favor, blessings, and promises by our works or money instead of Christ Alone. This mindset is much more prevalent within us than we realize. Also, think of all the religious broadcasting that conditions God’s blessings on people sending in their money.
When the Father “did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all,” He also graciously gave us “all things” (Rom. 8:32). Furthermore, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to give us understanding in knowing “the things freely given us by God” (1 Cor. 2:12). That’s the essence of the Holy Spirit glorifying Jesus (see John 16:14).
Therefore, when we even have the slightest thought of earning or deserving God’s favor, blessings, and promises, we set ourselves up against the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That, as Peter said to Simon, is “wickedness.” The gospel is good news because it gives everything freely “in Christ.” It’s good news because it’s all about Jesus and His glory–what He has obtained on our behalf.
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