I think the verses which Selwyn has picked for today’s study are fantastic.
1 Corinthians 1:4-9 (NIV): “I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way – in all your speaking and in all your knowledge – because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you.
Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.”
God will use His power to keep strong; and, in the sight of Jesus, you will be blameless on the last day. Doesn’t that encourage you?
In addition, to these great verses – Selwyn has included, the following (I’ve added more verses to provide the context), Colossians 1:15-23 (NIV): “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation – if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. … “
[Just as an aside, notice the implied condition in the last verse; ‘if you continue in your faith’!]
Selwyn also mentions that grace and truth comes through Jesus. John 1:16-18 (NIV): ” … the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known. … “
I think that there would be some who may have some difficulties with Selwyn’s concluding words: “Everything that comes to us from God comes to us through Jesus Christ. He is God’s vehicle through whom all blessings flow. … Let the Word stand: everything that comes from God comes through Jesus – and only through Jesus.”
Yet, in my opinion, he is absolutely right – the main theme especially in the words taken from John’s gospel is that Jesus is God – the One and Only, who makes the invisible God (that is, whose nature is, in general, unknowable) – known to His creation.
[If, you only ever remember one point from the writings of Shayne McCusker, then I pray that, it is this: Jesus is God, your God who loves you!]