“But God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” – Romans 5:8
LIGHT FOR THE NOW: Jesus is the gift of God’s love.
The love of God is revealed in the person of Jesus; when you know the person of Jesus, you understand God’s love because Jesus is God’s love unveiled. Apostle Paul in Romans 8:32, it reads “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”Jesus was given up for us all; he is the gift of God’s love. When did God love us? While we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8). If God loved us while we were yet sinners, if his love was his intent or plan before time began, when time began and after time began; then we can safely say that the death of Jesus was not a reaction to man’s sin (Adam in Eden), rather the death of Jesus was the plan before man sinned. Salvation was not an afterthought; Revelation 13:8 reads “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the lamb slain from the foundation of the world”. The phrase “slain from the foundation of the world” in Revelation 13:8 does not mean Jesus literally died from the foundation of the world; rather, the text speaks of God’s foreknowledge. In this, Jesus was going to be the substitute for sin. This means that the sin of man did not take God unawares, God’s plan to save man was in place before man sinned. Hence, salvation was a pro-action. Meaning, before sin came to be, salvation had already been.
Salvation is not just the cure for sin; salvation is the plan before man sinned; one man (Adam) was the progenitor of sin and one man (Jesus) is the substitute for sin (Romans 5:12-19). Before Adam was formed in Eden, the plan to save man was already in place (in Christ). Salvation in Christ preceded the fall of man; Jesus our substitute for sin preceded Adam the progenitor of sin. Therefore, salvation was not a reaction but a pro-action. God’s love in Christ was revealed in the death of Jesus which was the plan of God for man before the formation of the world. Jesus is the gift and expression of God’s love.
INSTRUCTION: Stay in his love.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for loving me unconditionally, in Jesus name, Amen!
QUOTE:Salvation is not a reaction but a pro-action.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 5