Today Pastor Choi talks about God’s provision for His people. He draws his insight from two verses in the Bible: Romans 8:32 and Philippians 4:19. He expounds on the basis of provision (love), how God provides all things good along with Christ, and what all things entail.
Following is a summary of the sermon:
Rely on God’s Resources (5): His Provision Romans 8:32, Philippians 4:19
- Romans 8:32
- New International Version (NIV)
- 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
- Philippians 4:19
- New International Version (NIV)
- 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
- Group discussion for 3 minutes: “When was the last time you experienced God’s provision for your needs?”
Romans 8:32 (Underline He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not, along with him, all things?)
- He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? This reminds us of the truth that our salvation was costly to God: free to us, but very costly to God. It was not done casually, but very seriously. It was not done lightly, but it cost the very own life of Jesus, God’s own son, to save us. That means, in God’s sight, you and I are extremely valuable and precious that God did not hesitate to give up His own son to save us from our sins.
- Your own child vs. everything else: Which is more important to you? E.g. No parent would give up her/his child for anything else. But, God did because He loves us. Therefore, let us be forever thankful for our salvation. Let’s be always proud of what God has done for us in Christ. Let us never forget that we are children of God.
- how will he not : He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Logic behind this verse is this: If God didn’t spare His own son to save us from our sins, how do you think He will not give the rest of the things we need? The logic goes on: No good thing will be withheld from us (Packer, p. 264, Knowing God). Basically, Paul says here, it is impossible for God not to do this for us. God provides us with everything that is good in Christ. Love is the driving force for the provision. E.g. Sunlight and rain even to the wicked (Matthew 5:45). His overwhelming and amazing love provides for every need we have.
- Along with him: He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? All the things we receive from God come along in a package—that package is the Son of God. E.g. A Story of Portrait of a Son
A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection from Rembrandt’s to Van Gogh’s. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art. When the Vietnam War broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died while saving the life of another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.
About a month later, around Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands. He said, “Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved the lives of many men that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he was killed instantly. He often talked about you and your love for art.”
The young man held out his package. “I know this isn’t much, and I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would’ve wanted you to have this.” The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son. The father was drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for it. “Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me, it’s a gift.”
The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time a visitor came, he directed them to the painting of his son, recounting the story, before taking them to see any other works of art.
The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of all his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited to see the vast collections of Picassos and Raphaels the man had amassed and having the opportunity to bid on the collection. On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. “Who will start the bidding on the picture of the son? Who will bid for the son?”
There was silence. Then a voice from the back of the room said, “We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.”
But the auctioneer persisted. “Who will start the bidding, $100, $200?”
Another voice shouted angrily. “We didn’t come to see this painting. We came to see the Rembrandts and Van Gogh’s. Get on with the real bids!”
But still the auctioneer continued. “The son, the son! Who will take the son?”
Finally, a voice came from the back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man. “I’ll give $10 for the picture.”
Being a poor man, it was all he could afford. “We have $10, who’ll give $20?”
“Give it to him for $10. Let’s see the masters!”
“$10 is the bid, won’t someone bid $20?” The crowd was becoming angry. They didn’t want the picture of the son. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections. The auctioneer pounded his gavel.
“Going once, going twice, sold for $10” A man on the front row shouted “Now let’s get on with the collection.”
The auctioneer laid down his gavel. “I’m sorry, the auction is over.”
“What about the paintings?”
“I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the valuable paintings. The man who took the son gets everything.”
God gave his Son 2,000 years ago to die on a cruel cross. Much like the auctioneer, his message is, “The Son, the Son, who’ll take the Son?” because, you see, whoever takes the Son, gets everything!
Author unknown (http://www.crystal reflections.com/stories/story_130.htm)
- All things: He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?: Mind you that all things here never mean to be plethora of material possessions. E.g. J.I. Packer: “The passion for possessions has to be cast out of us in order to let the “all things” in. For this phrase has to do with knowing and enjoying God, and not with anything else (bolded for emphasis). The meaning of “he will give us all things” can be put thus: one day we shall see that nothing—literally nothing—which could have increased our eternal happiness has been denied us, and that nothing—literally nothing—that could have reduced that happiness has been left with us.” (p. 270, Knowing God).
- Here, all things include, but are not limited to 1) God’s calling us to be His children, 2) His justification that made us righteous before the Holy God because of Christ’s redemption, and 3) His commitment to sanctify us into the Christ-like image for His kingdom, and 4) His promise to have us in His presence for eternity.
- Furthermore, all things that are good, not that we can think of, but that God can think of. We may think hotdogs and hamburgers are good enough, but God may think of fillet mignon. We may be content with a cottage, but God may have a palace in mind. Listen to Packer again: “If God denies us something, it is only in order to make room for one or other of the things he has in mind” (ibid.). E.g. Lilly Endowment Application: had I been accepted to the program, I wouldn’t have been able to come to Manahawkin congregation this year.
- Philippians 4:19: (Underline all, needs, and riches)
- All: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus— Original Greek says, every need: spiritual, mental, emotional, financial, and physical need. All our needs in daily life. Beware of the brainwashing of the worldly teachings that all we need is physical and material.
Rather, listen to Jesus who says, “Man cannot live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).
- Needs: And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus- Note here: needs not wants. It would be foolish of us to believe that God grants us anything and everything we desire. Never think or treat God as a genie in the bottle.
- Riches: And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Ponder the riches of God who owns everything in the universe. Will He ever run out His supply for our needs? This verse is Paul’s everlasting testimony that God supplies all our needs. So it is mine. May God help us to prove this truth in our lives, too. Let our lives demonstrate God’s faithfulness to His promise: God provides.