we rejoice in hope of the glory of God

“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:2 (ESV)

How great a thing it is to “stand” in God’s “grace”!

To receive the gift he so freely gives. The gift of “faith”. The gift of forgiveness. The gift of life.

It’s “not a result of works so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:9)

Rather, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:31)

We cannot claim any merit of our own.

How then should we respond?

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)

Because His promise of glory shines as a beacon in the darkness. Leading us on despite our struggles. Giving us hope to carry on even though things get tough.

“To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27)

Kim+

prayer : thank God for His unending “grace”

action : rejoice

the only God

“To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:17 (ESV)

In a world where many people preach so-called tolerance, it’s quite a claim to say there is only one God.

They don’t like it. This notion that the God of the Old and New Testaments is not only above all else but He is the only god worthy of “honour and glory”.

That the other gods do not in fact exist.

By saying this they think that Christians are vain and conceited and selfish and uncaring.

And I can understand that. But what if they’re wrong? What if there is “only one God“?

Is it not uncaring to keep this to ourselves?

And what if that God had an only son?

One who “though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:6-7)

And what if, “being found in human form, He humbled Himself to the point of death, even death on a cross”? (Philippians 2:8)

These are not easy concepts to understand.

After all, why would the creator of the universe, the one who is the “King of ages” and “immortal”, deign to become a man and then permit Himself to die a gruesome death upon a cross, in our place?

Go figure!

No wonder it’s referred to as a “mystery”. (Colossians 1:26)

However, our response should not be to question why.

Instead, we ought to acknowledge His lordship by falling on our knees, crying:

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)

Kim+

prayer : with the Psalmist “we give thanks to the LORD due to his righteousness, singing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.” (Psalms 7:17)

action : honour and glorify God through word and deed