Who hath believed our report?
And to who is the arm of the LORD revealed? (Isaiah 53:1).
Information, it is said, is power. And, they tell us that it is, actually, applied information that wields strong power. That, exactly, is the position of the Bible for thousands of years before that theory found itself into modern reasoning. The Holy Ghost, the inspiration behind the Holy Bible through Isaiah the Prophet regrets the uncertainty of men and women who would neither come in contact with the report of the Prophets and Preachers concerning Christ nor believe that report to their profit.
Christ Jesus came as a revelation to the world that was in darkness for a very long time.
He appeared to humanity that was, largely, ignorant of His pre-incarnate existence and essence as Christ and his predetermined experience and exaltation through the cross. That is the reason why when He came to this world, and up until now, so many people find it difficult to fully comprehend the purpose of His advent and atonement. Why? Because they have not believed the report of Preachers and Prophets like Prophet Isaiah concerning Him.
Now, what report do we have concerning Christ? They are the following interesting and enlightening reports:
1 THE REPORT OF CHRIST’S SAVING GRACE: For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. (Eph. 2:8).
Do you know the reason why many people find it difficult to believe this report? They reason, humanly, that it is too cheap and good to be true and credible. The idea that the thrice holy God can be appeased by mere mental action of believing is absurd and preposterous to them. They reckon and reason that there should be some rigorous and laborious process that brings a mortal and fallible man to an immortal and infallible God.
But, that is human reasoning and reckoning for you. God is a merciful, magnanimous God. His interest is not to punish any man or woman that He, ingeniously, created in His glorious image. Rather, His effort is to redeem and transform them into His original image and likeness, thereby, making them fit for a relationship with Himself and quality them for entry into His Eternal Kingdom. He wants to bring man out of the bondage of sin into the glorious liberty of salvation in Christ Jesus. And, that He does only by grace, that is unmerited favour through faith in the report of the Preachers and Prophets concerning the redemption we have in Christ.
2 THE REPORT OF CHRIST’S SANCTIFYING GRACE: And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. (Acts 20:32).
Sanctification is the work of God through the Holy Spirit by which the saved and consecrated believer in Christ is completely cleansed from all inward and inbred sins and separated for God’s use and usefulness. It is not, by any means, as mysterious and controversial as some Bible expounders would have us believe. It is purely a work of grace, like salvation, that God carries out in the believer who is consecrated to diligent study of the Scriptures and persistent supplication in the Spirit.
Meanwhile, when this sanctification work of God through His grace is done in us, we develop an uncommon love for God, His word and work. Sanctification is not a certain esoteric concept that no man can attain. It a real, attainable experience that comes when we believe the report of the Scriptures and Servants of God. Meanwhile, it called different theological names in the Bible. It is called Christian Perfection, Purity of heart, circumcision of the heart, Holiness and perfect love for God. All are pointing to one experience with God that makes a believer to be closer to God than ordinary, run-off-the-mill kind of Christians.
3 THE REPORT OF CHRIST’S SUFFICING GRACE: For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2Cor. 12:8-10).
That was Paul’s testimony. Many believers today are ignorant of the report of the Scriptures concerning the grace that God has made available and accessible to His children who are going through different shades, shapes and sizes of sufferings. That is why they run, frantically, from pillar to post when troubles and trials roll in in torrents. They are ignorant of the fact that behind every frowning providence, there is a smiling Saviour whose grace is extremely and exceedingly sufficing and sufficient.
Come to think of it. What circumstance do you suppose can overwhelm God? That is, will throw the Almighty God off-balance. What or which? Is it the torment of Pharaoh? Or the Red Sea? What? The fire of Nebuchadnezzar; Towering and intimidating Goliath? What about the torrential afflictions of Job the Ancient. Or in the case of Paul the Apostle, the beast at Ephesus?
All those challenges are under God’s power and control,folk. Therefore, when they come our ways or we come there ways, as the case may be, we need not be agitated and troubled. All we need is to believe the report of the Saviour in the Scriptures that His grace is sufficient for us. Period.
Now, as I end, I want to ask you, dear friend, have you believed this report on Christ’s saving grace that saves us from all sins? If you have, have you being saved from your sins? If you have not, why not now? Confess those sins and He will abundantly pardon them and save you from all of them.
Also, for those of us who have been saved, we need to believe more of these reports concerning the sanctifying and sufficing graces of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and all will be fine.
God bless you real good as you do all that.
#Chidiebere Dennis Owah
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