Saturday, June 20, 2009

Freely Given All Things - Romans 8:32

"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, ‘For Thy sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:31-39)

God is for us. Who can be against us? God is for us continually. His lovingkindnesses never cease. His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. This fountain of never ceasing grace is the saint’s exhaustless theme. Romans 8:32 reminds us that “we have supplies ready in all of our wants.” This river won’t run dry. Trust that fact. Why? Because “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”

God loved us enough to give His Son for us. His Beloved Son with whom He was well-pleased (Mt 3:17, 12:18, 17:15; Mk 1:11; Ep 1:6; Col 1:13; He 5:5; 2 Pe 1:17). “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

“How great the Father’s love for us! How vast beyond all measure! That He should
give His only Son to make a wretch His treasure!” (Stuart Townsend).

Nothing less would save us, therefore God gave nothing less than His sinless Son. He became the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. “Thus did He deliver Him up for us all, not only for our good, but in our stead, to be a propitiation for sin” (Henry). “By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 Jn 4:9-10).

If He did this great thing – this greatest of things - this most costly of things – will He not surely give us all other things necessary for our life and godliness? “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Ps 84:11). “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Ph 4:19). “To those who fear Him, there is no want. The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; but they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.” (Ps 34:9-10)

Matthew Henry writes, “It is implied that He will give us Christ, for other things are bestowed with Him. He will with Him freely give us all things, all good things, and more we should not desire. Freely, without reluctancy; and freely, without recompense. How shall He not? Can it be imagined that He should give so great a gift for us when we were enemies, and should deny us any good thing, now that we are friends and children? He that hath prepared a crown and kingdom for us will be sure to give us enough to bear our charges in the way to it.”

No good thing does He withhold from His children.

Trusting Him for all of my necessary provision,


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