What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32).
For many of us, the story of the giving of the Son of God no longer feels like an astonishingly beautiful thing. We live such hectic lives — such distracted lives — that the great realities of life have shrunk down in our minds to a manageable size. And when the great realities are small, everything in life seems small. We endure our daily responsibilities and fill our free hours with trivialities, subconsciously hoping that profound happiness is hiding in the Netflix queue or just a little farther down the Twitter feed.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not at all on a crusade against social media or Downton Abbey. I use Facebook daily, and I love watching Mythbusters. But for all our fun-cramming efforts, we’re really bored, aren’t we? Most of us can think back to a time when we felt far more alive than we do now. We’re happy now, but often with a pretty trite happiness.
The things that really move us, down to the core, are the things we wish we could avoid. Heartache. Conflict. Inferiority. Tragedy. We know we’re alive when things go horribly wrong. Our capacity to feel seems heightened when someone or something is against us, whether it’s a person or life or death itself. Sadly, for many of us, our pain is exquisite while our joys are just mediocre.
The God Who Gives All
It doesn’t have to be this way.
The Gospel of Jesus says the God who is for us is infinitely greater than all that is against us, so the joy He gives infinitely outweighs anything that is stolen from us. The verses above were written to help us feel that. They were written to stun and thrill and satisfy our hearts in Jesus. Here’s how:
In the last issue, we reveled in the first half of verse 32: “[God] did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all …” But don’t miss the second half:“… how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” The question is rhetorical, making a point rather than looking for an answer — God will absolutely give His children all things! But what could that possibly mean? Some other passages will help clarify.
“[Jesus said,] ‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5).
“For the promise to Abraham and his offspring [that is, those who share his promised blessing through faith] that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith” (Romans 4:13).
“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ …” (Romans 8:16-17).
On top of seeing Him face to face, (let that sink in for a minute!) the children of God will inherit what God owns and will share all Christ owns — which is everything! They inherit the earth. They are heirs of the world. And not the earth as it is now, under the curse of sin, with its thorns and typhoons and viruses. But the world resurrected, transformed by the glory of God!
“The creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:21, see also verses 18-25 and Revelation 21:1-7).
I’ve seen some breathtaking sunsets, but I can’t wait to live in a world with no night yet with skies and mountains and fields constantly aflame with God’s own glory. The earth’s current natural beauty is like the warming up of a symphony orchestra; however majestic it may be, it’s nothing compared to the masterpiece that comes next. In fact, the new earth will be so radically transformed that we will need transformed bodies to be able to fully enjoy it.
We Will Be Changed
That’s another aspect of the “all things” that God will give us. He will give us glorified bodies that never grow old, never get tired or sick and never die. He will give us new bodies with strength and capacities beyond what we can now imagine.
“So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown [that is, our natural body that dies and is buried] is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power” (1 Corinthians 15:42-43).
We will experience and enjoy the wonders of the heavenly earth with our hands and eyes and ears and taste buds. But the best part is we will never commit idolatry with them. In and through our enjoyment of God’s gifts, we will finally, fully, perfectly enjoy God himself. We will finally eat and drink and do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Never again will we see God’s gifts as ends in themselves but as expressions of God’s majesty that lead us to worship. Never again will we put our trust in the created rather than the Creator to satisfy us. And never again will we love the gift — whether food or beauty or relationships — more than we love the Giver.
Worth More Than Everything
God gave His Son for you. God will give you all things. And lest we value the second gift over the first, notice how they are connected: If God gave His own Son for us, “how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” The “how will he not also” is crucial. Sentences like that only make sense when the first part is vastly greater than the second part. If He did this unbelievably huge thing for you, how will He not also do this much smaller thing?
Do you see it? We should be stunned at the grace and the love that would give us resurrected bodies and a resurrected world as part of our inheritance. But then we should be awestruck to see that the cross of Jesus Christ was an infinitely greater gift. It will be easier for God to give you the universe than it was for Him to give you His Son, because His Son is worth more than the entire universe combined. And He gave you His Son in order to make you His son or daughter. And if you are God’s child, how will He not also one day give you your inheritance?
And if you will one day inherit all things because you already have Him who is worth more than all things, rejoice in the Lord! Meditate on the immeasurable love that God has for you, that He would give His infinitely valuable Son for you. I urge you, whether for the first time or the thousandth, to turn your heart away from the small things of the world and embrace Him as your King and the Satisfier of your soul. Believer, God is for you. Infinitely.