“I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.”
(1 Corinthians 1:4)
Our relationship with God is all about reality. It is based on His reality and the fact that He has intervened in our reality – the reality of our everyday lives, as well as the reality of our past and our future. Whilst the world offers us concepts, philosophies and ultimate loneliness and death, God offers us truth, personal relationship with Him, and eternal life and healing. Where the world tells us what we must do, God shows us what He has done. Where the world will sell to us, God gives to us freely. Where the world gives no visible proof, God gives us His Son. Where the world offers no guarantees God sends His Spirit to live within us. Whereas the world ultimately discards us, God promises us resurrection and life.
The wonder of our relationship with God is that everything that He has done for us, and that He offers us, is done out of His great and unlimited love.
- “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
- “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,” (Ephesians 3:17-18)
The love of God is not revealed only in words, it is revealed in the gift and sacrifice of His Son on our behalf. There could be no greater gift or example of the love that God has for us. And, because it is only through the grace of God, flowing from this love that we have a future and a hope, Jesus Christ stands also as the revelation of this grace. Whenever it seems that it is all too incredible to believe, we need only to remind ourselves that our hope is not based on a concept or on a human philosophy. It is based on the reality of Jesus Christ crucified, resurrected and ascended. Just as all God’s promises find their certainty and fulfilment in Jesus, so too the grace of God – His unmerited love and favour – is real and unquestionable in Jesus Christ Himself. We become personal recipients of that grace as we believe and trust in Jesus. We receive not only God’s love but the salvation and ever-present relationship with Him that flows from it.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8)
From beginning to end the reality of God, and the relationship that we can have with Him, is revealed and assured in the reality of Jesus Christ who entered into the reality of human life to bring to it a new and eternal reality with God.
Consider the reality of the cross. God speaks through it to each one personally.
Lord Jesus, help me to look not to myself but to You, and to receive the wonder of God’s grace and love. Amen.