Monday, March 21, 2011
But what is "all of this"? We find an answer in the previous verse: "For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time--to show us his grace through Christ Jesus." The original language makes it clear that "all of this" is God's plan (or purpose) and grace. In other words, through Jesus, God not only reveals himself to us, but also reveals his plan to save us, a plan that centers in his grace. The gracious plan of God reflects and confirms his gracious character."...saved us and called us to live a holy life." Both are part of God's revelation in Christ. Both are expressions of God's grace. Both result from fixing ourselves on Jesus Christ.
If we want to know God, we must turn our eyes to Jesus. In his words and deeds, and most of all in his sacrificial death, he reveals God to us.
Can we truly claim to have appropriated that grace if we only take advantage of one?