“Equal With God” (John 5:18)

dscloseupfeet“But Jesus responded to them, ‘My Father is still working, and I am working also.’ This is why the Jews began trying all the more to kill Him: Not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.” vs17-18

Jesus is equal with God whether you know it or not. He condescended to glorify the Father and save us (John 17:1). He is a giving God who sacrificed His Son to bring many to glory, sinful as we are, saving us by electing grace. This great love manifests God’s glory, and as we see Christ condescended, we see how we are to be – not masters but servants, not serving ourselves but others. Jesus said, “I assure you: A slave is not greater than his lord, and a messenger is not greater than the one who sent him (John 17:16).” This was manifest perfectly in the Lord Jesus who gave up equality with God to be a servant, to be exalted by God in eternal submission (1 Cor 15:28)! This is mind blowing: God was willing to sacrifice God, willing to die, and glorify the Son forever. Do you have this attitude of service, of praise for the Father through the Son?

The gospel makes us servants, and we become like Christ, laying down our life for others! Paul did it. He said, “When we are slandered, we respond graciously. Even now, we are like the world’s garbage, like the dirt everyone scrapes of their sandals (1 Cor 4:13).” What makes a man like this? He’s seen God in Christ condescended, and he is amazed from the heart, so much that he wants to be like Him.

Forgiveness is SO POWERFUL that we count it reasonable to lay our life down. I saw a Malian man scale the walls of a building to save a child in France, and it reminded me what it’s like to live for others to hear. We give up everything willingly because we’re amazed by Christ’s condescension and transformed by beholding Him (2 Cor 3:18). The blessed Lord becomes an example to us, so that it’s not just doctrine but life. We live to give Him praise, counting our sacrifices as nothing, and enduring hardship willingly.

This makes us love one another! We have a million things to differ about, but we unite in Christ. We’re Black and White, conservative and liberal, and yet we are one in sovereign grace, willing to glorify the Savior.

Do you taste it? Do you know the sweetness of Christ? Paul said, “Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus (Phil 2:5).” It is privilege to serve – to be so full of Christ that you get more by sacrificing for others. The Spirit keeps moving us, and our joy is full. Brothers, we have it all in Christ, as we serve Him because He loves us.

Do not lose the amazement of the gospel! Keep it near to your heart and repent of sin. Stay steadfast to scripture, and let nothing take you away, sacrificing friend and foe, so that you can be faithful in meekness and love. He will be with you and guide you!

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