We Need a Cure

A Short Easter Message by Pastor Daniel Kriss for the Alexandra Standard Newspaper (8/4/20)
At the time of writing this, there are 5635 positive cases of Coronavirus in Australia, and tragically, 34 people have died. The world as we know it has changed, and this Easter will be remembered for many years to come.
With so much uncertainty in the world, I believe it is best to remind you of a changeless truth that transcends our current situation, namely, the fact that Jesus came into the world to rescue us from a more serious virus than Covid-19, the universal disease of sin.
Unlike the Coronavirus, sin has a 100% strike rate and every person tests positive to this soul-threatening malady. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23) and are guilty of breaking God’s law. The good news, however, is that there is a cure. Presently, doctors and medical teams all over the world are working on vaccines and antidotes to combat Covid-19, and I am sure they will have success soon. When it comes to the universal problem of sin, the Bible tells us that the cure has already been provided in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
No doubt you are familiar with the “Easter Story,” but do you know the reason why there was a bloodied man crucified on a cross? The answer is to save you from your sin. Because God is holy and He cannot allow sin to enter into His presence, He sent His perfect Son, Jesus, to die on the cross as a substitute for all who would believe on Him. His death and subsequent resurrection opened the way for sinful man to come to God, be cleansed, and given eternal life. This gift of forgiveness must be received by faith, it cannot be worked for.
My prayer is that at this most unusual time in our history, you might come to know the real meaning of Easter!

Understanding Justification

READING TEXT: Galatians 1-2
PREACHING TEXT: Philippians 2:15-20


The Book of Galatians Overview

  • Author: Paul the Apostle (1:1)
  • Written approx. AD49

The churches of Galatia were made up of both Jew and Gentile converts.

Paul’s purpose in writing this letter to them was to confirm them in the faith, especially concerning justification by faith alone, apart from the works of the law of Moses.

Galatians was written because the churches in the region were facing a theological crisis. The all-important truth of justification by faith rather than human works was being denied by the Judaisers – legalistic Jews who insisted that Christians must keep the Mosaic Law.

In particular, the Judaisers insisted on circumcision as a requirement for Gentiles who wished to be saved. In other words, convert to Judaism first, and then you are eligible to become a Christian. When Paul learned that this heresy was being taught to the Galatian churches, he wrote this epistle to emphasise our liberty in Christ and to counter the perversion of the gospel that the Judaisers promoted.

Galatians is God’s admonition against legalism of every and any description. The Law is not discredited, despised, or disregarded. Its majesty, perfection, demands, fullness, and purpose are maintained. Yet these very qualities make it utterly impossible for man to come this route to God. Another way is opened — which entirely bypasses law — for man to be justified before God. The new route is by faith. Justification by faith is the theme, with the emphasis upon faith.

Practical Application

One of the main themes of the book of Galatians is found in 3:11: “The righteous shall live by faith.” We must stand firm in this truth. Any compromise with legalism or the mixture of human effort and the grace of God for salvation leads to heresy. If we could be saved through the keeping of the Law, then Jesus did not need to die (Galatians 2:21). Trying to save ourselves nullifies grace.

Who were the Judaisers?

A Judaiser taught that, in order for a Christian to truly be right with God, he must conform to the Mosaic Law. Circumcision, especially, was promoted as necessary for salvation. Gentiles had to become Jewish proselytes first, and then they could come to Christ. The doctrine of the Judaisers was a mixture of grace (through Christ) and works (through the keeping of the Law). This false doctrine was dealt with in Acts 15 and strongly condemned in the book of Galatians.

With that introduction, join me as I preach a message entitled: Understanding Justification.

The Gospel Abolishes Racial Prejudice

Galatians 2:7-16; Galatians 3:27-29; Romans 3:9-20; Colossians 3:11.

The problem surrounding the churches of Galatia was the false teaching that gentiles needed to become “Jewish” before they could experience the new birth in Christ.

This heresy placed a stumbling block before every potential Christian and brought bondage rather than freedom in Christ.

The New Testament is very clear that there is no difference between the Jew, Greek, gentile, Barbarian, Scythian, and any other people group when it comes to salvation.

There is no racial prejudice with God, nor is he a respecter of persons.

It was always God’s intention to diversify His church. Unfortunately, many have tried to establish segregated gatherings based on race, age, common interests etc. This completely inverts God’s order for the New Testament church. The unifying reality within the local church is not style, social status, wealth, musical prowess, or occupation, it is Christ.

Paul writes,for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal.3:26-28).

Justification Cannot be Achieved through Works of the Law

Galatians 2:16-21; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:20; Titus 3:4-5

Definition: Justification

This basic Greek word describes a judge declaring an accused person not guilty and therefore innocent before the law. Throughout Scripture, it refers to God’s declaring a sinner not guilty and fully righteous before Him by imputing to him the divine righteousness of Christ and imputing the person’s sin to his sinless Saviour for punishment.

What was the purpose of the law? It was the straight edge that showed us how crooked we were. It was never God’s intention that we would be made righteous by keeping the law because He knew we couldn’t.

Consider Romans 8:3-4: “For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

Paul wrote, “So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith” (Gal.3:24).

MacArthur: The Greek word for “guardian” denotes a slave whose duty it was to take care of a child until adulthood. The tutor escorted the children to and from school and watched over their behaviour at home. Tutors were often strict disciplinarians, causing those under their care to yearn for the day when they would be free from their tutor’s custody. The law was our tutor which, by showing us our sins, was escorting us to Christ.

The “doctrine” of the Judaisers demanded works of the law as a precursor to salvation in Christ.

Turn to Acts 15:1-11.


Today we have “churches”, denominations, schisms, cults, and splinter groups all teaching a legalistic gospel. Some demand baptism, confirmation, the sacraments, church membership, an ecstatic experience, and many other unbiblical prerequisites for salvation.

Paul wanted to protect the gospel of Jesus Christ from false doctrine which would bring great bondage, and so should we.

As we preach the gospel, we need to be very careful not to add anything to the free grace of Christ. The Pharisees did this and turned people into “twice as much a child of hell” (Matt.23:15).

Justification is by Faith Alone in Christ Alone

Galatians 2:16; Romans 5:1; Acts 13:39 (freed = justified).

The doctrine of justification found in the Scripture teaches us that the only means of being right with God is through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

A works-based, law-keeping attempt at salvation is rooted in pride. Justification by grace through faith in Christ alone is incredibly humbling. This is why so many balk at the simplicity of Christianity. As human beings we WANT to work for our rescue, but the gospel teaches us that we can do nothing but receive God’s gift of salvation.

The good news of salvation in Christ is only effective for those who STOP trying to earn it their own way, and trust in the finished work of Jesus’ death and resurrection for them. Religion says “do”, Christianity says, “done”.


Stop and ponder the wonder of justification: We were unworthy, hell-deserving, condemned, hopeless, helpless, degenerate, desperate, wicked, unforgiven, destitute, despairing, depraved, and dead.

By grace alone we were made alive; By grace alone we were quickened. By grace alone we were regenerated. By grace alone we were adopted. By grace alone we were washed. By grace alone we were redeemed. By grace alone we were liberated. By grace alone we are now seated in heavenly places, and we await the Saviour from heaven who brought about our rescue!

1 Corinthians 6:9-11-“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

The Law no Longer Condemns the Justified

Galatians 2:19; Romans 6:14; Romans 7:4

In Galatians 2:19, Paul makes rather a striking statement: “For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God.”

This concept is best understood like a person on death row who is executed for committing a capital crime. Once he has been executed, the law has no further claim on him. So it is with the believer who has died in Christ (who paid the penalty for his sins in full). Justice has been satisfied, and he is forever free from any further penalty.

Another helpful example is of a woman, once married and bound to her husband, ceases to be so bound when death interposes, and may be lawfully married to another husband. So by believing in Christ, we are considered dead with him to sin and the law, and now alive (and betrothed) to Him through the resurrection.

The Old Me is Dead

Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:1-11 (MUST READ!)

When first we come to Christ the old sin nature which exercised control over us is destroyed. This does not mean we do not sin, but it does mean we no longer HAVE to sin.

Christ’s death killed our sinful nature and His resurrection made us new creatures who are no longer bound by sin.

Although we still live in the flesh, which is very motivated to sin, we are no longer dominated by our sin nature. In Christ, we have been set free, and with His power can overcome sin.

This does not mean we will ever reach perfection in this life, but it does mean we can “mortify the deeds of the flesh” every day and live in victory.


Perhaps the strongest application is found in Romans 6:12-23

Why are we yielding our members (bodies) to sin?

Because we want to, not because we have to!

Christ Lives in Me

Galatians 2:20; Colossians 4:4

The remarkable reality is that Jesus Christ lives within every believer. Obviously, this is not meant in a physical way, but spiritually. The Spirit of Christ indwells every individual who has died to sin through Christ’s death, and has been raised to new life through His resurrection.

This fact is attested to in many places in the Bible:

Ephesians 3:17 – so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

Colossians 1:27 – To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

1 John 3:24 – Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.


  • I am not my own I am bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20)
  • The life I live is empowered by Christ within (Galatians 2:20)
  • Everything about my “new existence” is about Christ (Philippians 1:21)
      • Explain business structure change – new entity.
  • It is my responsibility to live a life that honours Christ (Philippians 1:20)


Keeping Scripture in balance:

Galatians 2:16 (justified by faith) & James 2:18-24 (justified by works)!

Our Great Salvation

Text: 1 Peter 1:1-9


It’s our monthly communion service and it is my contention that this is the greatest, holiest, and highest spiritual celebration of the church this side of heaven!

I enter this time with reverential fear, having carefully examined my own heart, and conscious of the fact that my ways are not hidden from the Lord!

This precious ceremony cannot be treated with flippancy, and to do so is to disrespect and make light of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. To approach this table harbouring sin is to trample underfoot the blood of the Lord.

The testimony of Scripture and church history teaches us that some have abused this sacrament, and have paid for it with their health, and even their lives.

Am I trying to scare you? Yes!

Am I warning you? Yes!

However, at the same time let me be quick to remind you of the joy associated with this special form of worship! Of all the celebratory events in a year – Christmas, Easter, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc. – The Lord’s Table ranks highest. It is here that we draw near the Lord in a very precious way.

The celebration, however, begins with a heaviness of heart as we ponder the physical suffering and spiritual anguish of our sin-bearer.

  • Through the eyes of faith we see Him in the garden- kneeling in anguish before His Father.
  • Shortly thereafter we hear the soldiers move towards Him. And what is this? A disciple at the helm who betrays Him with a kiss.
  • Then we see Him around a campfire – blind-folded, beaten, and denied.
  • Next we observe Him before Herod who offers false worship and thrusts a crown of thorns upon His sacred head.
  • Dragged back to Pontius Pilate, we now listen as the crowd condemns Him, and the Governor scourges Him with the cat of 9 tails.
  • With a sentence of death upon His head, the Centurions escort the wearied, bloodied Nazarene to Golgotha’s Hill. There they lay His body on a cross and nail His feet and hands. The cries of anguish from this man send shivers down our spine.
  • The cross is raised between heaven and earth, and as it is descends into the ground, the insides of Jesus separate from the outside causing asphyxiation. His only means of inhaling is to lift Himself up on the nails which are driven through His hands.
  • A mysterious darkness comes upon the earth from the 6th hour to the 9th. It is during this time that Jesus suffers the greatest agony of all – the full wrath of His Father for the sin of the world.
  • At the conclusion of this time, Jesus says, “It is Finished” and dies.
  • Next we see a soldier take his spear and run it through the Lord’s pericardium.
  • The body of Jesus is then removed from the cross, wrapped in a linen shroud, and placed in the tomb of one Joseph of Arimathea.

This ends the miserable narrative and gives way to a victory like no other.

  • Now we join Mary Magdalene, Mary the Mother of James, and Salome as they make their way to the tomb early on the first day of the week to anoint the body.
  • Upon arrival they find the great stone removed and are confronted by two angels who inform them that the Lord has risen again, just like He had told them He would.
  • For forty days the risen Jesus appears to the apostles, disciples, individuals and more than 500 at one time.
  • Finally, in climactic victory atop the Mount of Olives, having given some final instructions to His disciples, this Risen Jesus floats up into the sky and out of sight.

Can you imagine this period of 45 days in the life of the disciples?

These are the facts as recorded in the Scripture. We believe them by faith.

Now let me talk to you about the doctrine and theology that underpins these glorious truths- The seams which connect this redemptive tapestry together.

I will be taking for my text 1 Peter 1:1-9.

I have intentionally chosen our “Gospel Group” verses to reinforce our studies and to introduce these truths to those who are not associated with a discipleship group.

Before I end this introduction, I want to “give another plug” for the Gospel Groups!

I want you to ask yourself why you are not involved in this crucian part of our local church.

Don’t let distance be an issue. Don’t use the excuse of a lack of time. If finance is a concern, come and talk to me. 

Make 2019 the year you align yourself with a Gospel Group!

Now let’s get into this message which I have entitled: “Our Great Salvation”.

Context & Background

Let me provide you with a very brief summary of the context and background to Peter’s Epistle.

This letter was most likely written around A.D. 64 shortly after the Great Fire of Rome which history suggests was lit by the Emperor Nero himself in an attempt to blame Christians for the destruction.

The purpose of the letter was to encourage the believers who were facing immense persecution. Peter reminds the scattered believers that the trials they are experiencing will produce a faith more precious than gold (1 Peter 1:7). Furthermore, he spurs them on with the prospect of all that is theirs in the life to come – an inheritance, final salvation realised, the revelation of Jesus Christ, and praise, glory and honour for a faith that endures.

Election & The Foreknowledge of God

“To those who are elect exiles…according to the foreknowledge of God the Father.” (1 Peter 1:1)

At the very beginning of this epistle we are introduced to two of the most glorious terms in Christianity.

The first term – “elect” is very precious in the Bible. It speaks of God’s unconditional selection of some to salvation- not on the basis of their talents, qualities, or merits- but according to His own good pleasure.

Peter includes no particular reason for this election, but simply states its reality.

In fact, it would do the church well to stop trying to ascertain God’s reasons for election, and simply believe that it is a biblical fact.

The doctrine of election is found throughout the Bible

Jesus chose His disciples:

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you” (John 15:16).

God the Father Elected all Believers:

“Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will” (Ephesians 1:4-5).

But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first-fruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:13).

Speaking of Saints During the Tribulation:

“And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days” (Mark 13:20).

The second term is “foreknowledge”.

According to verse two, God the Father operates with foreknowledge. As humans who are bound by time and space, we find this concept hard to understand.

When the Bible speaks of God’s foreknowledge it does not merely mean something known before-hand. Rather, it refers to God’s pre-determined plan for the salvation of His elect which, in the realm of eternity, is already completed in every sense, though not realised in our time and space.

Theologically speaking, there is no such thing as the “foreknowledge of God” because He is not bound in space and time.

John Wesley put it this way:Strictly speaking, there is no foreknowledge, no more than after-knowledge, with God; but all things are known to him as present, from eternity to eternity.”

Don’t let these terms scare you. Enter into these truths, be immersed by them, and the result will be humility, wonder, praise, and deeper worship.

Let me show you how.

  • Did God create you? Yes.
  • In creating you, was God entirely aware of who you would turn out to be? Yes.
  • Did God know before he formed you what thoughts you would entertain? Yes.
  • Was God privy to every sinful deed you would perform? Yes.
  • Did God choose you for salvation because you are better than others? No!
  • Did God “look ahead” and see your “natural goodness and gifting” and based upon these realities select you for salvation? No!

The question is NOT why did God choose some and not others, but rather why did God choose anyone at all!

If you understand your own inclination towards evil, and the state of your depraved mind before redemption, you cannot believe that there was something good in you which somehow won God over!

That is absurd.

God’s election and foreknowledge is not based upon any human merit, but on His sovereign purposes, from which we are intentionally excluded from understanding.

Today we have weak, watered-down preaching that says things like: God just wants to be let into your life. Open your heart’s door and let Him in. God just wants to be your Father, but He can’t be until you acknowledge Him to be so.

What did Jesus say?

All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” (John 6:37)

“So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.” (Romans 9:16)

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)

As you prepare for communion, consider the fact that you have been chosen by God unto salvation. Come and pay Him homage for so great a salvation.

Sanctification of the Spirit

“…in the sanctification of the Spirit…” (1 Peter 1:2)

How precious to know that God has not simply elected us, justified us, and then left us to our own devices. If this were the case, we would be hopeless, crushed, and overwhelmed by sin in our daily life.

“Sanctification” comes from a root for “holy.” It is the work of the Spirit to make those whom the Father has elected entirely holy.

Every person in the Godhead plays an active, ongoing role in the salvation of a sinner:

  • The Father elects and chastens.
  • The Son redeems and mediates.
  • The Spirit sanctifies and intercedes.

If justification frees us from the penalty of sin (hell – eternal destruction), then sanctification frees us from the power of sin.

The Holy Spirit who abides within is given to “cleanse the chambers” of our character. He works to bring our practical life into alignment with our position in Christ.

In other words, the Holy Spirit is performing an ongoing transforming work within every believer. This is achieved through conviction, guidance in the Word, revival, and cleansing.

Great Mercy

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy…” (1 Peter 1:3).

At the heart of the character of God is an abundance of mercy.

The word “mercy” in the Bible contains a wealth of meaning. In its most basic sense it refers to loving-kindness, compassion, and good-will to the undeserving.

In other words, God withholds what is the just dessert for the wicked, and instead pours out His love and kindness upon them (grace).

The mercy of God is not small in measure or insignificant. Peter uses the word “great” (ESV) or “abundant” (KJV) to describe the dimensions of God’s mercy.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

“He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5)

“For he says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion’” (Romans 9:15).

Born Again to a Living Hope

“He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)

The words “has caused us to be born again” (verse 3) communicate the fact that salvation is a work of God and cannot be achieved by human means. This is a foundational truth of the gospel.

To be “born again” is to be made alive spiritually.

Jesus introduced this metaphor in John 3 when He had interactions with Nicodemus, the Jewish religious ruler. In that passage, Jesus said, “unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”.

What is this “living hope” that the Christian experiences through salvation?

It is many things: the assurance of eternal life; resurrection from the dead; the redemption of our mortal bodies; a vibrant relationship with God and His Son; and the promise of Christ’s imminent return.

The foundation of this “living hope” is found in the fact that Jesus Christ Himself rose from the dead.

Paul said, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.”

On the other hand, Romans 6:5 says, “For if we have been united with him [Jesus] in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.”

A Secure Future and Inheritance

“To an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:4-5).

Not only are we “born again to a living hope” (v.3) in this life, we are also promised an inheritance in the next life!

Remember that the recipients of this letter were facing all manner of persecution. Peter is seeking to lift their vision from the present circumstances to the glorious future that awaits them.

The “inheritance” that awaits the Christian in heaven is manifold and includes: eternal life, unrivalled joy, freedom from sin and death, perfect peace, the presence of God, the full, unveiled companionship of Christ, rewards for service, fellowship with the entire household of faith, and the splendour of the new heaven and earth.

Take note of the words used to describe this inheritance: “imperishable, undefiled and unfading”.

  • “Imperishable” literally means, “not liable to corruption or decay.”
  • “undefiled” speaks of “purity, freedom from stains and pollution, and is not acquired through evil means like many inheritances today.”
  • “Unfading” refers to “perpetual loveliness”. It does not grow pale with age or exposure. It is eternally magnificent.

Pay careful attention to the word “kept” in verse 4. It means to “guard, watch over, and protect.”

The believers’ future is personally guarded by the Lord Jesus Christ. Nobody can steal, defile, or destroy the inheritance reserved in heaven for you.

Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:1-3).

The Present Purpose of Trials

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:6-7)

The believers to whom Peter is writing are facing immense persecution and are in fear for their lives. As difficult as the circumstance was, Peter quickly reminded them of the purpose of their trials – to test the sincerity of their faith, and to ultimately result in praise, glory and honour at Christ’s return.

Someone might ask, “what is the purpose of trials in the life of the believer?”

Although we cannot answer that question completely because we do not know the specific purposes of God, we are told that trials test and strengthen our faith, increase patience and perseverance, and result in greater praise for the Lord.

Trials and temptations should not be viewed negatively because they are the means of our sanctification. However, it is very difficult to view trials in a biblical way when we are in the midst of them. It takes a Spirit-filled Christian to trust in the unseen hand of God as He stokes the refining fire, so that our faith may be “more precious than gold.”

The ultimate purpose of trials in the Christian’s life is clearly stated in verse 7: “to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

This portion has two distinct aspects:

  1. The believer’s commendation on judgment day when he stands before the Lord Jesus Christ, and;
  2. (2) the final, ultimate praise, honour and glory of Jesus Christ before whom we will cast our crowns at His coronation in heaven.

Loving, Believing & Rejoicing in the Unseen God

“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory…” (1 Peter 1:8)

The scattered believers to whom Peter writes had never personally had contact with Jesus. However, they knew His character, sacrifice, resurrection, ascension, and these truths were believed by faith.

Is it possible to love someone who you have never physically met? Absolutely!

The love that proceeds from God is not based upon physicality or visible presence, it is an exercise of the will. When it comes to the person of God, we “love [Him] because He first loved us”.

Furthermore, we who are Christians have come to understand who Jesus Christ really is, what He accomplished on our behalf, and His glorious perfections. As we grow in our understanding of the Saviour, our love and worship for Him will also increase. He is truly LOVELY!

Since Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, it would do us well to spend time studying each of His attributes as recorded in the Scriptures. Believers who concentrate their attention on Christ are conformed to His image “from one degree of glory to another.”

There is a “special blessing” promised to those who have trusted Christ by faith without sight, and it is a joy which surpasses all others.

The words, “joy that is inexpressible” is a unique word in the Greek. It describes a joy so profound as to be beyond the power of words to express.

A growing love and faith will bring unparalleled joy in this life!

Glorification Finally Realised

“Obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:9).

At a fixed “time” in the “future”, our faith will be swallowed up in sight.

Jesus will return and “we will see Him as He is”.

This will be the “end” or “outcome of our faith” – The crowning consummation, the redemption of our bodies, and freedom from the presence of sin, sorrow, and death.


  1. Before the world existed, the Father elected believers to salvation and then set in motion the plan of redemption through His Son.
  1. Not only would this plan justify the sinner, it would also bring ongoing sanctification through the Holy Spirit’s abiding presence in the believer.
  1. All of this came about because of the abundance of God’s mercy toward vile sinners.
  1. He caused us to be born again to a living hope which includes an assured future beyond this life and a spiritual inheritance reserved in heaven for every Christian.
  1. A Secure Future and Inheritance is our in Christ.
  1. Trials also have a divine purpose in the life of a believer – to test the genuineness of our faith, and to result in the approval of God.
  1. Though Jesus is physically unseen by us, we love, believe and rejoice in Him.
  1. Glorification is the final chapter of our salvation. We await eagerly the return of Christ.

This is our Great Salvation!