“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things” (Romans 8.32)?
Assuredly, we want to begin 2016 with confidence and to live it victoriously. Confidence for the year ahead is based upon God’s goodness extended to us in a singular event. Specifically, it is rooted in the fact that God did not spare Jesus Christ, His own Son. Instead, He delivered Him up for us all.
God delivered His Son up for us even before we became children of God: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Our situation was desperate. Our hearts were desperately wicked. We could not earn the grace of God. We did not deserve the grace of God. And yet God did not spare His own Son.
What does the Bible mean when it states that God did not spare His own son? It means that God did not prevent His wrath from being poured out fully upon His Son. The wrath of God for the sin of mankind was poured out in full measure upon Jesus Christ in order fully satisfy the Father. Jesus was not spared.
This was done for us all. Which means it was done for every person that has ever lived or ever will live, but it was done especially for those who believe (1 Timothy 4.10). And those who believe are in view as you read Romans 8.
Jesus became a man so that the Son of God could die for the sin of all mankind as the Second Adam. God loved us so much that He delivered Jesus up for us all. He didn’t spare Him.
Jesus was delivered up because of our offenses (cp. w/ Romans 4.25a). God is not willing that any person should perish but that every person should come to repentance ….that every person should have a change of mind when it comes to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God (2 Peter 3.9). God desires that once we trust in Christ, we continue to to trust in Him. This leads to a change of direction in our lives. We turn from self and run toward Christ.
Jesus did not come to primarily teach us an ethical system or how to be morally good and right. He was delivered up by the Father as the propitiation for our sins and for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2.2).
Jesus was delivered up for us all. But not all people benefit by this great Gift. Yet the Gift of Jesus’ redemption is sufficient for us all. To deny this is to say that God’s gift is insufficient. But, of course, nothing God gives is insufficient. If a person will not receive the gift of God through faith, they will not be able to say that God did not extend His love and mercy toward them. The LORD God asks, “Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die ….and not that he should turn from his ways and live” (Ezekiel 18.23)? The answer to this rhetorical question is that God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. God desires repentance and faith from all.
Any person who desires acceptance with God through the person and work of Jesus Christ may have it. That person may be assured that Jesus Christ was delivered up for them. This is the teaching of the Word of God. If you are reading this, you too, can receive the gift of God. You too can trust alone in the death of Jesus Christ for all your sin …you can trust in the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day for your justification (Romans 4.25). Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone (Ephesians 2.8-9). My hope is that you are not only aware of these facts, but that you are depending upon them.
But it is the latter portion of this verse that is captivating for the coming year:
“How shall He [God the Father] not with Him [Jesus Christ the Son] also freely give us all things?”
We can get very confused by statements such as these. God loves His children too much to give them everything they want; however, God gives them everything they need, and I do mean everything. If we need a lot of money, God will give it to us. If we need a father, God will give him to us. If we need a brother, a sister, or a mother, God will raise one up. There is not anything that we need that God will not give.
But notice the adverb freely. God will freely give us all things. I don’t need to send Him a seed-gift through some other mediator. I don’t have to practice extortion or go into debt to freely get all I need from God. Actually, God is more willing to give than I am to ask. Sometimes God gives even when I fail to ask. What a humbling experience that is! God freely gives to us all things. Therefore we ought to make 2016 a year when we ask for all things.
The greatest gift God ever gave me was the gift of His only Son. It only makes sense that He will give me the gifts that are smaller and lesser in value than the salvation of my eternal soul. God will not forget you, leave you, or forsake you this year. Believe it. It would be absurd for you to not believe it. God will not act contrary to His giving nature. He is God.
I leave you with three thoughts for the year ahead:
- Since there is not greater gift than God’s Son, then “thanks be to God for His indescribable gift” (2 Corinthians 9.15)!
- Since no one is worthy of such a gift, then let’s all open our mouths wide knowing God will fill them (Psalm 81.10).
- Since God will freely give us all things “with Him” (that is, with Christ), then let us approach God’s throne with Christ as our Advocate. Paul writes, “All things are yours …all are yours. And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s” (1 Corinthians 3.21-23).
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”