“This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
Reference: 2 Timothy 1: 9b-10
Sometimes I can’t help to sit in complete amazement as I contemplate how Christ Jesus reveals Himself. It’s not just that He does reveal Himself, but that His truth has been universally understood through the ages. Wealthy-poor, young-old, uneducated-over educated, male-female, etc. — all have seen His truth revealed in their lives. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about contemporary Christians, 16th century Christians, or 1st century Christians. It doesn’t matter if people had the Bible, only had poor Bible translation, or only had personal testimony and a few letters. The result has always been the same. Jesus calls us into a personal relationship with Him. The qualities of that relationship have not changed over time. When I read biographies of historically notable Christians, I am amazed that they experienced what I experience. Their difficulties were not isolated in their era; rather, we all face the clash between the temporary world of Satan and the eternal world of Christ Jesus. I am humbled to think that I am not special, not singled out for affliction, or struggle any more than other Christians. Circumstances may differ, but God’s revelation in our lives has not changed. Every Christian who truly submits himself or herself to following the will of the Father in Heaven chooses to occupy the same lowly place in the world.
Lord Jesus, I join you in speaking the prayer that you gave us just as millions of others have joined you in prayer over the past two millennia. I pray for the kind of relationship that you have with our Father. “Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]” (Mat 6:9-13 NASB)