Author N.D. Wilson is good at reminding me of the awesome, constructive (meaning actively building something up in a helpful way) power of God’s Word. In his two non-fiction books Wilson often talks about the hilarity we should feel thinking of the existence of ourselves and of things like snowflakes, polar bears, and cities clinging to a rock floating through space. God simply opened his mouth, wrote our stories into existence and, poof, here we are. He speaks. Pine trees shoot up. He speaks. Children are conceived. Lands configure. Porcupines and squid scurry into being. I can hardly gather inspiration enough to put a cohesive poem together, let alone bring a universe about and hold it together with the power of my words (Heb. 1:3).
This week my husband Brian preached on John 15 and reminded me of God’s powerful creativity as it pertains to our salvation. He said abiding in Christ is living out of having been cleansed (John 15:3). If we are saved, abiding looks like simply being what we are, which is in Christ. The fruit that results is the evidence of our abiding—our salvation.
As Brian talked about living out of our gifted identity in Christ, I was greatly comforted and I mulled over God’s nature as Savior and all-powerful Creator.
Just like God spoke Eden, and Adam and Eve, and the trees in your backyard into being, he has said, “Christian, you are clean” (John 15:3). And we are clean.
He has said, “You are unleavened” (1 Cor. 5:7). And we are pure.
He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). And all our debts were paid in full. All God’s wrath was exhausted on his Son. And all Jesus’ righteous obedience was credited to our account.
Christian, if the Author of Life himself has spoken these things into your narrative, know that nothing in your life plot will separate you from the love of God (Rom. 8:35). Rest in your salvation. It is a gift, not a result of your own works, so that none of us can boast but in God’s constructive power alone (Eph. 2:9).
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