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Excerpt from Threads of Grace, ©2012 Ambassador Publications, p. 122-123. Used by permission.
May 2 (Pages 130-131)
“Spring is in the air,” we say, as we smell the scented blossoms on trees and flowers, the freshness of the air after rain, and view the newly-plowed earth in fields and gardens. Spring can be a wonderful reminder of God’s gift of life—physical life, spiritual life, and eternal life!
God is the giver of physical life. On the basis of the Creation account in Genesis 1-2, we believe that God has created us and all that exists. He created our first parents, Adam and Eve, with marvelous design (Psalm 139:13-15) and set in motion the miracle of procreation through the reproductive process. He has also provided a beautiful and productive environment in which life, human and otherwise, can grow and prosper (Matthew 5:45). What a joy it is to live in our “Father’s world” with the knowledge of His presence and provision (Psalm 8).
God is the giver of spiritual life. Though we were born with the gift of physical life, we were all “stillborn” spiritually (John 3:6). Sin and death having passed upon us and all people because of the Fall into sin of our first parents (Romans 5:12), we were in dire need of spiritual life from our conception (Psalm 51:5). Our Lord was sent to provide life—abundant life—for all people (John 10:10). Through His atoning death for us on the cross and His triumphant resurrection, new life is ours as a gift of God’s grace as we are brought to Him in repentance and faith (John 6:33-37). What a blessing it is to be raised to walk in “newness of life” in Christ (Romans 6:4).
God is the giver of eternal life. The life that we have in Christ is not only for time but also for eternity! Immortality was God’s original intention. Sin changed all that, and death—physical, spiritual, and eternal—became a reality for all mankind (Genesis 2:17; Ezekiel 18:4, 20; Romans 6:23). It is at the cross and the empty tomb that victory was won over sin, death, and the devil. All who trust in Christ as their Savior have the gift of eternal life (John 3:16). What a prospect awaits the child of God in anticipation of the ushering in of life forevermore in the presence of Christ and all the saints of all the ages (Titus 2:13).
Francis W. Monseth
Threads of Grace is a daily devotional written by people of the AFLC. It can be purchsed through AFLC Ambassador Publications.
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