#DailyDevotion God Has Shown His Kindness & Love In Christ
Eph. 14He has done what in His kindness He planned to do: Before He made the world, He Who loved us 5appointed us to be made His sons by Jesus Christ. In Him He chose us to be holy and blameless before Him 6in order to praise the glory of the love He gave us in His dear Son, 7Who bought us with His blood to forgive our sins and set us free.
We may wonder sometimes why God would have gone through with his creation of man if he knew beforehand what we were going to do and how we were going to mess things up down here. Yet, he decided to go ahead with creation and before we did anything good or bad, he made a plan to save us. Paul says He did in His kindness what he planned to do. If God had not gone through with his plan of creation then we might not even exist. How would that have been kind of God to not even let us come into existence? So God carried through with his plan of creation, to bring us all into existence in His kindness.
In his kindness, before God made the world, God appointed us, you, to be made his sons by Jesus Christ. We see in Jesus’ genealogy in Luke who Jesus was the son of, until we get to Adam, who is God’s Son. Jesus is God’s Son from all eternity being of one substance with the Father. Now, in Christ Jesus the Father has chosen you to make you his sons. In baptism, you have been joined with Jesus and have been made one with him. If you are one with Jesus then you are God’s sons for you are in the Son.
In Christ Jesus, God chose you to be holy and blameless before him. This is not your doing, though you should try be live up to your calling to be holy and blameless. Jesus himself though will present you holy and blameless to the Father through the water and the Word as Paul says in Ephesians 5. Jude tells us, 24“To Him who is able to keep you from falling and have you stand without a fault and with great joy before His glory,…” Paul also writes in Col. 122“He has made you friends in order to have you stand before Him without sin or fault or blame.” He has done this and will do this 6 “in order to praise the glory of the love He gave us in His dear Son.” We began with God doing this in his kindness and now we see it is also in the love he gave us in his dear son.
The basis that we can see this love and kindness of God is demonstrated in this, 7“Who bought us with His blood to forgive our sins and set us free.” Yes, the Son of God becomes man so that he may shed his blood for us to redeem us, to buy us. Jesus sheds his blood for us in his circumcision, in the Sanhedrin, in Pilate’s and Herod’s courts, and upon the cross to forgive us our sins and set us free. This demonstrates God’s great love for you that Jesus would suffer this for you. Your sins have been atoned for. They no longer have a hold of you, of your mind and spirit. You have been set free from the slavery of sin and the fear of death through faith in Christ Jesus’ blood. So great is the kindness and love of God toward us in Christ Jesus.
Heavenly Father, in your kindness and love, you prepared a great salvation for us so that at the judgment, we would be presented to you holy and blameless in Christ Jesus. Continually give us your Holy Spirit that we may believe this and see the fulfillment of it at the revelation of Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.