Bought by the Blood

January 13, 2009

By grace we have been saved

I first heard this story on Thursday. I was at the barbershop getting my haircut, when I heard the following on the news:  “Now that Dawnell Batista has filed for a divorce, Richard Batista wants his kidney back as part of his settlement demand. Or, Barbara said Wednesday, his client wants the value of that kidney: An estimated $1.5 million.”  You can read the rest here.

After thinking about this story, it brought to mind the story of Hosea and God’s unrelenting love that He freely gives to His children.  God called Hosea to marry Gomer.  Gomer was an adulterous woman and God knew that she would not be faithful to Hosea.  Despite the fact that Gomer left Hosea and sold herself as a prostitute, God sent Hosea to buy Gomer and continue to have her as his wife.  James Montgomery Boice calls this the second greatest story in the Bible.

Hosea was not like the man in the article above who is bitter and hurt.  Hosea knows that God’s purpose in marriage isn’t our comfort and ease.  Hosea is willing to sacrifice his reputation to glorify God and follow God’s commands.  When Gomer does wrong, He does not seek vengeance or retribution, but is eager to be compassionate.  His compassion isn’t based on Gomer’s worthiness or Gomer coming and asking for compassion, but he is compassionate because God is compassionate.  God shows mercy freely, so Hosea can show mercy and love freely.

God’s purpose in the story of Hosea is to show us a picture of His faithfulness and love.  We are all Hosea’s wife, we have all sinned and committed spiritual adultery.  All of us have hearts that are idol factories and prone to wander and leave the God we love.  None of us can claim complete and perfect faithfulness to our husband who has purchased us and redeemed us with His blood.  Even before He called us to be His own, we were not good enough to be His bride.  We were His enemies and had nothing good to give, but He gave His all for us, to bring us into relationship with Him.

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy,  because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even  when we were dead in our trespasses,  made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and  seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in  kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For  by grace you have been saved  through faith. And this is  not your own doing;  it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:1-9

I have been saved by grace, by unmerited favor.  It is nothing that I deserve.  I was created to be in relationship with God and I rebelled against him.  Even before my first sinful action, I was born in iniquity (Psalm 51).  God still choose me as His own.  It is only because of His unfailing love.  Even now, as I commit sin, I can only cling to and put my hope in grace.  It is His steadfast love that preserves me and gives me assurance that I am forever His!  His love allows me to know perfect love.  Because of His love I know what it looks like to love my wife.  By His love I am empowered to show my family love.  Nothing compares with the depths of His love.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love towardthose who fear him; (Psalm 103:11)

“He will gave man the trees of the forest and iron in the ground.  Then he will give to man the brains to make an axe from the iron to cut down a tree and fashion it into a cross.  He will give man the ability to make hammer and nails, and when man has the cross and the hammer and the nails, the Lord will allow man to take hold of Him and bring Him to that cross; He will stretch out His hands upon it and will allow man to nail to Him to that cross, and in so doing will take the sins of man upon Himself and make it possible for those who have despised and rejected Him to come unto Him and know the joy of sins removed and forgiven, to know the assurance of pardon and eternal life, and to enter into the prospect of the hope of glory with Him forever.  This is even our God, and there is none like unto Him.” Donald Gray Barnhouse on Hosea


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