AUGUST 26

The Sufficiency of Christ

Bible Reading: Romans 8

Romans 8:32, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”

2 Peter 1:3, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.”

Thomas Jefferson was passionate regarding the need for exploration of the west and led the effort in putting together the Corps of Discovery.  The Lewis and Clark expedition would answer the unknown questions of the west, yet its preparation was a huge undertaking.  Essentially a military mission, supplies for the expedition were provided by the Army Quartermaster.  Jefferson held nothing back in funding the effort, giving Meriwether Lewis a blank check with the understanding that he should buy whatever was needed and the US government would pay the bill.

In many respects the life of the believer can be likened to a lengthy journey from one place to another.  How can we be sure that we’ve all the necessary spiritual provisions to complete the journey?  The argument in verse 32 is from the greater to the lesser.  If God was willing to give up for us that which was most precious to Him—his own Son—would He not then also graciously give to us all things?

Note the focus in the verse on the generous, giving nature of God.  For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son.  He gave.  He did not spare His own Son.  He gave.  According to the richness of His grace, His unmerited favor. He gave.  God’s giving did not stop with the giving of His Son.  His preeminent gift is proof to us of His giving ways.  Just as Jesus once taught: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him (Matthew 7:7-11)!”  It is in the heart of God to give.  He gave Jesus up for you.  He will graciously provide for you everything you need. 

Ray Stedman has commented on this, “He who has already given us the best, the greatest, the dearest, the most precious thing He has, and Who did so while we were sinners — while we were enemies, while we were helpless — will He not also give us some of these trivial, piddling little things that we need? If someone thinks enough of you to give you a costly, brilliant, beautiful, flawless diamond, do you think he will object when you ask him for the box that goes with it? If a mother will give up a baby, do you think she will object if they ask to take his clothes too? And if God has given us his own Son already, do you really think God is going to withhold anything else that we need? Paul’s argument is unanswerable: Of course, he won’t. We can say with David in the 23rd Psalm, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1)!

What will He not bestow?
Who freely gave this mighty gift unbought,
Unmerited, unheeded and unsought,
What will He not bestow?
He spared not His Son!
‘Tis this that silences each rising fear,
‘Tis this that bids the hard thought disappear.
He spared not His Son!

Horatius Bonar

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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