As the world around us seems to grow darker, it is time to remind ourselves that according to Luke 12:24, the believer is within the “much more” care of God. Dr. Fruchtenbaum elaborated on this position in our most recent Ariel Magazine. The position has seven facets. It is worth studying the verses Dr. Fruchtenbaum listed and meditate on them. They bring comfort in perilous times.
“First, the believer is the object of God’s divine love (Jn. 17:23; Rom. 5:8; 8:35-39; Eph. 2:4; 5:2; II Thess. 2:16; I Jn. 3:1, 16; 4:10).
Second, the believer does not only have access to God’s grace, but is also the object of His grace: By His grace, God has saved the believer (Jn. 5:24; 6:27, 39, 40, 47; Eph. 2:7-9; I Jn. 5:11-13); by His grace, He will keep the believer safe (Rom. 5:2; Phil. 1:6); by His grace, the believer can serve God (Jn. 17:18; Eph. 4:7); and by His grace, God teaches the believer and instructs him concerning spiritual truths (Titus 2:11-13).
The third facet of being within the much more care of God is that the believer is the object of God’s power in that His power is often manifested through the saints (Eph. 1:19).
The fourth facet of this position is that the believer is also the object of God’s faithfulness. The believer receives unbroken, divine faithfulness (I Cor. 1:9; 10:13; Phil. 1:6; I Thess. 5:24; II Thess. 3:3; Heb. 13:5).
The fifth facet of being within the much more care of God is that the believer is the object of God’s peace. Because the wrath of God has been appeased, He is no longer angry with the believer; the believer has the peace of God dwelling within him (Jn. 14:27; 16:33; Rom. 5:1; Phil. 4:7; Col. 3:15).
The sixth facet of this position is that the believer is the object of God’s consolation and comfort. When a believer undergoes a period of grief because of the loss of a relative, a friend, or a close associate, he has the comfort of God (II Cor. 1:3-4; 7:6; II Thess. 2:16-17).
The seventh facet is that the believer is the object of God’s intercession. It is because of this position that the Messiah is continually interceding on behalf of the believer (Rom. 8:27, 34; I Tim. 2:5; Heb. 7:25; I Jn. 2:1).”
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