God’s love and His perfect plan of salvation truly are an unfathomable abyss. Even if we devoted our entire lives to studying God in the Scriptures and seeking Him daily in prayer we would barely even scratch the surface. What we could totally grasp of God with our own intellect compared to Him in His entirety would be like comparing a couple of grains of sand to all the deserts of the world, or a single drop of water to all the oceans. Even that analogy doesn’t do the comparison justice.
The finite certainly cannot comprehend the infinite. However despite how little we can completely understand about God, the good news is that He reveals to us enough about Himself in Scripture to enable us to live an empowered and abundant life on earth and to ensure our communion with him for eternity.
“Salvation is the great thought of God, not an experience. Experience is only a gateway by which salvation comes into our conscious life. Never preach the experience; preach the great though of God behind. When we preach we are not proclaiming how man can be saved from hell and be made moral and pure; we are conveying good news about God.” – Oswald Chambers
I love the way Oswald Chambers challenges us to really remember that salvation is God’s thought and idea not ours. If we find it difficult to get to God, or reconcile ourselves to Him, the reality is that He is not at fault. Man tries to make the path to God difficult. God made it as easy as it gets. Jesus spells it out pretty plainly:
” … This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom He hath sent.” – John 6:29
That’s pretty good news to me! Just believe in Jesus Christ, the perfect One that God sent, nothing too complicated there! We don’t have to stress over making sure we are doing a certain number of specified works or deeds, we don’t need to worry if we recited the correct prayers the right number of times a day, we just need to believe and accept Jesus Christ! Should we pray and do good things for God? Of course! But those things were not included in God’s plan of salvation.
The good news about God, is that He left us His Word in the Holy Scriptures, and the instructions are pretty clear:
Believe in and accept Jesus Christ, and then model your life after His.
“My central claim is that we can become like Christ by doing one thing–by following Him in the overall style of life he chose for Himself. If we have faith in Christ, we must believe that He knew how to live. We can, through faith and grace, become like Christ by practicing the types of activities He engaged in, by arranging our whole lives around the activities He Himself practiced in order to remain constantly at home in the fellowship of His Father.” – Dallas Willard
To me this is all phenomenal news about God, we just accept and model Jesus Christ, the One God has sent and let everything we do be done in love (1 Corinthians 6:14). These verses below do a great job of explaining how we can know who is with God and who isn’t, almost a litmus test if we are living the good news, not just knowing of it.
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” – 1 John 4:7-16
Do you sometimes forget the simplicity of what God requires to have Him dwell in you, and for you to dwell in Him? How can the complete understanding of the work of God and His thought of salvation enable you to experience Him more fully?