The gospel begins with a revelation of love – “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us” (Ephesians 1:7-8), and it leads to a revolution of love – “When you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 you were taught … 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:21-24).
We begin with revelation, and we move on, from there, to revolution. God reveals his love to us, and his love changes us.
At the heart of the revelation of God’s love, there is redemption.
At the heart of the revolution of God’s love, there is redemption.
What a wonderful redemption! – Christ has died for our sins. Our sins have been forgiven.
This wonderful redemption is God’s gift, and it is, also, God’s call.
God has given his gift of salvation to us, and he calls us to live out the new life he has given to us.
We do not live the new life in our own strength. We live the new life in the strength of the Lord – the strength that comes to us, as we give thanks for the revelation of his love and open our hearts to the revolution of his love.
Again and again, we fail to live in the strength of the Lord. When we fail the Lord, may he lead us, in our sin, to Jesus, the Saviour of sinners, and may we receive, from him, the forgiveness of our sins and the renewal of our lives