Saturday, June 9, 2012

More Than We Could Have Asked For

Below, you will find a section from one of Milton Vincent's sessions at the Psalm 119 conference a couple months back. It contains the glorious news of the gospel. Enjoy!

God’s will is grandiose. And we should be excited about this. If you are a Christian and you believe the gospel, you already believe that God has done exceedingly, abundantly beyond anything you could have ever asked or thought. What we have received in the gospel, no one would have ever thought to ask for those things.

Did anyone ever pray this prayer to God?

“Father, We have sinned and deserve your wrath forever. Could you send the second member of the trinity to come to earth and take on human flesh? And could you have him live the life we failed to live? And could you put our sin on him and cause the full fury of your wrath that we deserve to fall on him instead of us? And could you then raise him from the dead? And could you ascend him to your right hand and with full authority to do as he pleases? And could you regenerate us and supernaturally capacitate us to believe in him for salvation? And when we do believe in him, could you forgive us and declare us not guilty of any sin we have ever committed in our lifetime? And could you be forever for us and relate to us always with grace? And could you credit all of Christ’s perfect righteousness to us? And could you adopt us as your sons and daughters? And could you put us in Christ so that all the love you lavish on Christ falls on us? And could you seat us with Christ in the heavenly places at your right hand? And could you give us the Holy Spirit and have him live inside us? And could you have Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit always praying to you for us in accordance with our deepest needs and your perfect will? And the power you exercised when you raised Christ from the dead, could you have that power flowing in a constant stream toward us and into us? And, Oh Father, can we live in heaven forever and enjoy your hospitality for the full length of eternity? Could you raise our dead bodies from the earth and clothe them with immortality so that we could live in a perfected, completed existence draped in your divine glory forever?” 

That is what God did for us in the gospel!

“And you were dead in trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience--among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, 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 coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:1-10

1 comment:

  1. Not only did I not pray that prayer but even when I knew 12 years ago that God's grace and Spirit was after my heart and soul I continued trying to run as fast as I possibly could AWAY from Him in the complete opposite direction preferring all along to run with my sins instead.

    Well, as I found out, God is relentless. When He wants something, He is sure to get it. He didn't catch up with me. As it turned out one day He was, without my knowing, far ahead of me and as I looked back over my shoulder to see where He was I ended up running smack into His arms anyway.

    No more running these remaining days except when I go out the door to tell others about God's mercy through His Son. Until that day, I had never known such love.


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