All things are yours, whether . . . the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are of Christ and Christ is of God. (1 Corinthians 3:21-23)
Sometimes we shrink the truths of the Gospel down to things promised. To be sure, we have been promised an eternity with our Lord. This eternity is a place where we have been promised that there will be no more sorrow or sin, pain or persecution, fear or faithlessness, disease or death.
But what about right now? What does the Gospel promise us in this present life?
This article would truly have no end if I were to try and set before you all that we have been given presently in Christ Jesus. Here are just a few things of those things, and I pray these words will provide both comfort and encouragement for you.
- We are unconditionally loved.
- We are completely forgiven.
- We are perfectly accepted.
- We are totally empowered.
- We are supernaturally strengthened.
- We are eternally united to God in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
What we must remember is that the Gospel not only affects our eternal life, it also affects our everyday life. As the apostle Paul wrote in our verse for today, whether things present or things to come, all is ours! Paul was advancing the truth that God had already set before His people in the Old Testament.
The upright shall have good things in possession. (Proverbs 28:10 KJV)
As a child of the Most High God, you currently have good things in your possession. To live out this truth is to live a life marked by joy and thanksgiving to the One who has so graciously given you life and breath and everything else. And remember, above all that you have been promised, you have the presence of your Lord Jesus everywhere you go. When Jesus walked with His disciples, they had Him with them physically, but not every moment of every day. But when Jesus left this earth, He sent His Holy Spirit and promised that His Spirit would dwell within us every moment in this life . . . and throughout the next.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!