“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Gal.5:22-23).
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with
all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Eph.1:3).
⇒ The eternal provision is deliverance from the struggling and suffering of this sinful world. It is the gift of
eternal life, of living gloriously conformed to the image of His dear Son, Jesus Christ (see note, pt.2—
Ro.8:29 for just what this means).
“That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his
kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Eph.2:7).
⇒ The material gifts are the necessities of life (see outline and notes—Mt.6:25-34).
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or,
Wherewithal shall we be clothed?...But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righ-
teousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Mt.6:31, 33).
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ
b. The provision is freely given. God’s gift of His Son was freely given; therefore, all that God provides for man is
freely given. No man can merit or earn God’s provision. God provides and meets the need of the believer be-
cause He loves the believer.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of
God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph.2:8-9).
c. The provision of God comes through Christ and through Him alone. Note the words “with Him.” It is with
Christ that God gives us all things. If we are with Christ, then all things are given to us. We shall be
delivered from struggling and suffering. Believers can rest assured of this. No matter how much we struggle
and suffer through the sin and shame of this world, God will see us through it all. He is is going to conform
us to the glorious image of His Son.
“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that
saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given
thee living water” (Jn.4:10).
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2 Cor.9:15).
3. God is our Justifier. This is the most glorious truth: God does not charge us with sin. In fact, He does not lay any-
thing to our charge; He justifies us (see DEEPER STUDY # 1,2, Justification—Ro.4:22; 5:1 for more discussion).
Note the question: Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God; only God can charge us with sin and
shame. But note: if we have truly trusted Jesus Christ as our Savior, if we are one of God’s elect, He does not charge us with
sin. He justifies us. He forgives our sin and counts us righteous in Christ Jesus. If we are God’s child, no one can charge us
with anything. We are God’s; we belong to God. No one can charge, count, or doom us to be...
• a failure • an embarrassment • lost
• a detriment • hopeless • unusable
• a shame • helpless • unworthy
• a sinner • defeated • of no value
Man is not our judge; therefore, man cannot judge these things to be true of us—only God can. God is our Judge, and this
is the glorious truth: God does not judge His elect. He does not lay sin and shame against His children; He justifies His child-
ren. No matter how much we have struggled and suffered through the sin and shame of this world, God delivers us. No mat-
ter how far we have fallen, no matter how discouraged we have become, if we are truly God’s child, He picks us up and justi-
fies us in Christ Jesus and continues to conform us to the image of His dear Son. God does not leave us down and defeated,
nor does He go around charging us with sin and shame. God justifies us and continues His work of forgiveness and grace in
our lives. (See note, Grace—Ro.6:14-15 for more discussion. Also see note, Foreknowledge and Predestination—Ro.8:29
for a discussion of the elect.)
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? be not deceived: nei-
ther fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with man-
kind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the king-
dom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified
in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor.6:9-11).
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it
until the day of Jesus Christ” (Ph.1:6).
“Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth.
Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand” (Ro.14:4).
“So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto
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