So Much More!!

26 09 2016

“For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly.  For rarely will someone die for a just person–though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare die.  But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!  Much more then, since we have been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath.  For if, while we were still enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life!  And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  We have now received this reconciliation through Him.”  -Romans 5:6-11

I’m teaching Sunday School class at my church and these verses were my verses for last week and I taught them yesterday.

Taught is a very loose word in the sense of it all, as I honestly didn’t capture or plan out my words very closely, because I had a feeling that God was going to move, and God did!  He provided such a sweet spirit of conversation and sharing, and I am so grateful.

Then God spoke through me, which I know was all God because I didn’t prepare any special revelation of God.  He gave me three points:

  1. Salvation has nothing to do with us, what we’ve done, or what we could earn.  Jesus died for us before we could have messed up, before we could have earned our salvation, Jesus has already died! Salvation has nothing to do with us, it’s all about what God has already done for us.  It’s our job to take advantage of the opportunity that we have in him!
  2. When we are saved, the wrath is not the only thing we are saved from.    I don’t like the idea of hell as an eternal suffering place, but let’s set aside that idea.  A relationship with God saves you from several things, and we have no idea what we’ve been saved from.  In my life, I can imagine that if I did not have the relationship with God guiding me forward, I would probably be in a ditch of bitterness and selfishness and self-hatred, but for whatever reason, my life with God has saved me from that.  In addition, there’s no telling where I would be.
  3. If while I was without God, he is able to give me salvation, then the potential now that I am with God is so much greater now!  How much more can God do through me?!  Salvation is pretty awesome, and the relationship with God is pretty incredible.  The intimacy and the sharing that happens because I am now identified with God has brought me such peace and assurance.  Now, the possibility, the limits to what I can do when I am now identified with God is great!

I’m looking forward to seeing what God does through me and this class!

 

What has God been doing for you lately?  What has God done through you?  Be open to being used!