You Belong, You Are Included, and You Matter

Jesus did not come just to forgive our sins; he came to heal our sinful nature and make a new creation of us. He doesn’t force us to accept his love, but because he loves us so dearly, his earnest desire is that we turn to him and find true life.

Jesus was born, lived, died, rose from the dead and ascended to the Father’s right hand as Lord and Savior and Mediator, having purified the sins of humanity. But he did not stop being human. He is still fully God and fully human. He is our advocate, our representative, standing in for us and substituting for us at the Father’s right hand. As the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2:4-6, “For there is only one God, and only one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people…”

God has declared in Christ that you belong to him; that you are included; that you matter. Our salvation comes through the perfect will of the Father, who is unswervingly committed to including us in the joy and fellowship he shares with the Son and Spirit.

When you are in Christ, you are included in the fellowship and joy of the life of the Triune God. It means the Father receives you and has fellowship with you as he does with Jesus. It means that the love that God once and for all demonstrated in the incarnation of Jesus Christ is no less than the love the Father has always had for you—and always will.

That’s why the Christian life is all about love.

Dr. Joseph Tkach, president of Grace Communion International, comments each week, giving a biblical perspective on how we live in the light of God’s love. www.gci.org/media/speaking-life

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