“He [God] has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” 2 Timothy 1:9
It is verses like the one above that causes me to pause and ponder…and causes the Word to prepare my heart for a great celebration. It allows me to know that God had purpose in it all, that He was not caught off guard, that He is all-knowing, and in control…the Sovreign God, always has been and always will be.
Did you catch it: Before the beginning of time, God knew that we would need grace and He gave it. Jesus came to reveal that grace!
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:1-4,14
When we look at 2 Timothy 1:9, we see the One, True and Living God as the One who has the power to save. The world’s refusal to accept that Jesus and Jesus alone is “The Way, The Truth, and The Life (John 14:6) makes it no less true. He is the One who creates, who delivers from sin, death, satan, and hell, who redeems, who justifies, who has the power to save and who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. You shall call his name Jesus for he will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).
The Father calling man into holy living through His Son “who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
This grace was not because of our good works or anything that we have done or ever will do but was in fact, it “was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
“He [God] saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.(Titus 3:5).”
“Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.(Hebrews 2:14)”
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)
Selah – Shout Now: Hallelujah, Thank You, Jesus!