Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 21, 2015

“the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings Chapter 19.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+19&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“32 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria, “He will not come to this city or shoot an arrow there; and he will not come before it with a shield or throw up a siege ramp against it.  33 By the way that he came, by the same he will return, and he shall not come to this city,”’ declares the Lord.  34 ‘For I will defend this city to save it for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’”

35 Then it happened that night that the angel of the Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians;  and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead.  36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and returned home, and lived at Nineveh.  37 It came about as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer killed him with the sword;  and they escaped into the land of Ararat.  And Esarhaddon his son became king in his place.”   2 Kings 19:32-37.

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When the LORD stated in highlighted verse 34 that He would defend this city “for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake”, the LORD ultimately referred to Christ.

Our hope that God will save us and otherwise bless us is not based on our own righteousness or “cuteness”, so to speak.

Our hope that God will save us and otherwise bless us is based on the fact that we are in Christ:  “in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”  Galatians 3:14.  “Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.”  Galatians 3:16.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,”  Ephesians 1:3.

But, some preaching and teaching figuratively tries to pick us up out of Christ in order to examine us, to instruct us on our shortcomings and what we should do, and to put us back under the Law. 

Don’t fall for it!!!

For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”  Colossians 3:3-4.

“For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God.  I have been crucified with Christ;  and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.  I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”  Galatians 2:19-21.

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