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.
The pursuit of peace is a universal human obsession, whether it is international, industrial, domestic or personal peace. Yet more fundamental than all these is peace with God, the reconciled relationship with him which is the first blessing of justification. Thus ‘justification’ and ‘reconciliation’ belong together, for ‘God does not confer the status of righteousness upon us without at the same time giving himself to us in friendship and establishing peace between himself and us’…..
And this peace becomes ours now through our Lord Jesus Christ…
The whole Abraham story, like the rest of Scripture, was written for our instruction (15: 4). So the same God, who credited faith to Abraham as righteousness, will credit righteousness to us also if we believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead (24).
There is a fundamental correspondence between our faith and God’s faithfulness.