When we are convinced that ‘grace reigns’, we will remember that God’s throne is a ‘ throne of grace’, and will come to it boldly to receive mercy and to find grace for every need. And all this is through Jesus Christ our Lord, that is, through his death and resurrection….
How can the Lord of glory be likened to the man of shame, the Saviour to the sinner, the giver of life to the broker of death? The correspondence is not a parallel, but an antithesis….
‘God has always dealt with mankind through a head and representative. The whole story of the human race can be summed up in terms of what has happened because of Adam, and what has happened and will yet happen because of Christ.’
Christian exultation in God begins with the shamefaced recognition that we have no claim on him at all, continues with wondering worship that while we were still sinners and enemies Christ died for us, and ends with the humble confidence that he will complete the work he has begun. So to exult in God is to rejoice not in our privileges but in his mercies, not in our possession of him but in his of us.
Sunday: 26 July – 2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-11, 15-18; Ephesians 4:1-6; John 6:1-15 ~ God has visited His people
United with Christians around the world, we acknowledge one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God as our Father. We worship as one family, and pray for greater charity and love among all believers.
So far the apostle has concentrated on what God has already done for us through Christ…. Yet there is more— much more— still to come, which is not yet ours .
To be sure of God’s love… is the major secret of joy, peace, freedom, confidence and self-respect. The apostle spells out two major means by which we come to be sure that God loves us.
What attitude should Christians adopt to these ‘tribulations’? Far from merely enduring them with stoic fortitude, we are to rejoice in them. This is not masochism, however, the sickness of finding pleasure in pain. It is rather the recognition that there is a divine rationale behind suffering.