After all Christ did, there are still no words for what He does …


But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! (Romans 5:15, NIV)

It is daunting to realize how God at the cross God takes all that Christ suffered and released in the laying down of His life and forgives us in an overflowing, total and complete way of all our sin through the grace of our Savior. His forgiveness towards us is without measure or limitation as to guarantee our relationship and the true realization of this gift is indescribable as it is ineffable in that we cannot begin to express all that Christ did for us in His death and resurrection.

Yet beyond our inability to find words for what Christ did for us; comes the realization that we also cannot find words for what He does for us. Since there are no words to describe the gift at the cross and the tomb, it follows that there would be no adequate words to describe all He does for us now as we delight and are remade in the gift that we now possess in all that was accomplished at the cross and the tomb (1 John 4:10). Thus the word ineffable, even in its broadest definition, fails us miserably, as to what the gifts of our salvation and sanctification bring to us each and every day for us through Christ as He draws us to our eternal destiny with Him for eternity.

How can there be words for the reconciliation we have with our Creator through the grace of Christ (Romans 5:10)? There are no words to describe the peace we have because we are reconciled to our Creator (Col. 1:20). There are no words to describe the healings that come through the suffering and death of our Lord (Isaiah 53:5). How could we find words for our adoption as “Children of God” (Ephesians 1:3-8)? How can we describe being blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1:3)? How can we describe being lavished with a great love and glorious grace (Ephesians 1:4)? How can we describe having the “Comforter” abiding in us to guide us, teach us and stay with us through all times and situations (John 14)? How can we describe the ministry of the One who saved us completely from our sins, being our constant “Intercessor” (Hebrews 7:25)? How we describe our place, secure and eternal in our relationship with our “Living Christ and Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:21)?

What Christ did at the cross was ineffable just as we incapable of expressing in words what Christ does for us as the Risen Savior. What Christ does for us and in us is simply is too great, too powerful and too beautiful to be described or expressed. We may not be able to describe all Christ did for us or all He does for us but we can be humbly and eternally thankful for having been freely given such an indescribable gift.

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15, NIV)

There are no words …


Albrecht Dürer, The Crucifixion, National Gallery of Art, NGO Image, Public Domain

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed” ( 1 Peter 2:24, NIV).

There is a word for the inability to express, contain or bring forth adequately in words something too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words. It is a word beyond indescribable because even something being indescribable seems to venture possibility of trying to express something in words but failing in the end to accomplish the goal of expression. The word, ineffable defines the inability to express, contain or bring forth adequately in words something too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words. Yet even this stronger word is inadequate to express or contain the smallest amount of all that the Crucifixion of Christ offers, brings about, guarantees and entails to us and for us, in redeeming and saving us through the mercy, love and grace of God. There simply are no words for all Christ does in His suffering and death and all He gifts us through the laying down His life.

There are no words to express what Christ suffered before, leading up to His death and upon the cross. There are no words for what Christ endured as He died for our sin. There are no words to describe the loneliness of being alone in His decision to submit to Father’s will as He was being abandoned by almost all of His followers and admirers. There are no words to describe the massive and incomprehensible amounts of rejection as He faced His impending death. From the taunting and scoffing to the damming condemnation by the religious, the common and those in authority is unrelenting even though He only loved, taught and healed as the “Light of the World.” The weight of this indescribable psychological, unbelievable emotional and ineffable spiritual pressure upon His heart and mind brings us again to the complete inability to express all that was laid upon on the “Son of God” as He offered himself willingly to His destiny.

There are no words to describe the scourging, roughness and brutal beatings inflicted with sadist glee upon the Savior. Just shy of the bringing death; the flesh, muscle and tissue opened up to bleed forth much of life of this fully human, god self-limiting man stumbling towards the cursed cross. The crown, He wore … both literally and symbolically brought excruciating pain as it was smashed viciously into His brow with purposeful visual intended irony and mockery.

There are not words to describe the crucifixion, where death was seemingly both intended and denied as time passed in the wretched planned duration of judgment inflicted through its excruciating methods and procedures of torture and pain. The weight of the body of the Savior pulled against the tendon and bone barely sufficient to sustain the continuance of this terrible agony. Even as the physical pain can be somewhat described; again there are no words which can describe the weight of the sin of the world hanging upon the Holy Son by His dying to redeem all the people of the world for all time.

Finally, there are no words to describe the separation at the Crucifixion of the Son from the Father (Matthew 27:46). A separation unknown from everlasting to everlasting as the Father turned away as the Son took on the sin of the world to redeem the world in bringing eternal salvation to all who would believe. This is the ultimate act of love of the Christ in His willingness to bear the sin of the world separated from His Father as He completely guarantees the salvation of all people from their sin. When Christ said, “It is finished!” from the cross (John 19:30); all that was required had been given as to secure God’s grace for all time to all of the world.

At the cross God takes all that Christ suffered and released in the laying down of His life, to forgive all sin totally and completely. His forgiveness towards us is without measure or limitation as to guarantee our relationship as His child by Christ’s grace with His immeasurable love sealed by His Holy Spirit as our eternal inheritance. This is gift, given to us at the cross.

Are there any words to express of describe such a gift to each one of us?

We need more than a cool drink of water …

“As the deer pants for water, so I long for you, O God.  I thirst for God, the living God. Where can I find him to come and stand before him?” (Psalm 42:1-2, TLB)

       Summer is in full bloom. Color explodes from both well attended gardens and forgotten ditches along the roads.  Summer is full. Full of light as the days lengthen from light, work and leisure. We become excited, basking in  the warmth, the events, family time and the just the good old summertime.  For many of us, we feel somewhat deprived when it comes to the summer season because it just doesn’t seem long enough compared to the rest of the year.  The summer is incredibly busy and we put great amounts of energy into projects, teams, gardens, work, and relaxation.  Usually we get a lot of enjoyment during this season in the process.  Still there is also a sense at the end of the season, that change has taken place, there has been growth, and there is at least some sense of progress on most projects and there is a harvest.  This happens in our personal life and it is evident and true in the world of nature created and designed by our gracious Father in heaven.

It is in the three or four months of the summer that trees and plants pull in most of the nutrients they need for growth,  that their roots slowly lengthen and tap new sources of water and their leaves soak in the sunlight and in amazing way transform that warmth into color, flowers and fruit.  It is in the fullness of the summer season with all this activity; that plants bring in the sustenance needed both for the growth and continuance of life.

So what are the nutrients that you are pulling into your life during this summer?   What water source are your roots trying to tap into when you are thirsty on a hot July day?  How is your life being transformed by the true light and what will be the fruit at the harvest time?  Do you thirst for the living God?

Enjoy the warm sunny days and let them be full of more than busyness and  fun. Take some time to soak up the fullness of God. Take some moments in a shady spot and read His living word. Offer up a few heartfelt and thankful prayers. Take time to draw near to Him, because at the end of the summer, a lot of the sustenance we may need later throughout the year might have to come from this summer’s growth. Life is more than the water we crave on a hot summer day. Our soul can find true nourishment and fulfillment only in a warm grace infused and sustained relationship with the Living God. It is why our Lord came to earth to reconcile us to our Heavenly Father.  He brings a full and abundant life which He delivers and fulfills long after any summer season has passed into memory.

  Suggested Reading … Psalm 42

Looking Again at Being “Born Again”

Sometimes we see it as born again into eternal life. If salvation is solely emphasized, we reduce our Christ to a ticket broker to heaven. He is more. He is the Light, Life and Eternal Life to all who believe (John 1:4; 3:36). The idea is both being born again and being born from above. We must see and live in such a way as to realize we are born again and born from above into the life, we can only have in Jesus Christ. We must be born again and be born from above into Jesus Christ and all that He gives us through His grace. Born again into Christ is more than just an experience, it is being born again and being born from above into all He was, is and is to come from above.

Thus we are born again and born anew, over and over again as we become new in Christ. “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature” (II Cor. 5:11). It is a new way of living. It is living guided, empowered and following Jesus from above. Thus we are born and live with the life He shows and gives from above.

When we are born again into Christ, we are changed and transformed by the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit to love Christ and with His love to love others with that love. We are born again and born from above as we come unto Christ and into the inheritance we have in the redeeming work of Christ.

Being born again and being born from above has to mean something. Either our very life and the values, meanings and directions in our daily living are coming from above or they are not. Born again and being born from above must be evident in the ways we live our days responding openly to the Holy Spirit living in us. When we were seek guidance from the Holy Spirit through prayer or when the Holy Spirit prompts us … we must trust and follow. If we not follow or if we insist on doing things strictly according to our thoughts and feelings, we will end up grieving the Holy Spirit as we resist and refuse God’s presence and ways. Life, nourishment and empowerment either comes from above though the Holy Spirit or it comes from our ways, our minds, our hearts and our sin.

How we see it, is how we will live. Are we born again into Christ or just born again in an emotional experience of guaranteeing eternal life? If we see being born again as a onetime experience alone, it will not lead to fully being born from above. Do they reflect that we actually are born again and born from above or do they simply reflect our words about being born again? Born again and born from above means love like God loves, grace like the grace of God that saves us will be the grace that flows from us.

Being born again and being born from above means we love before all things, all feelings and all actions. God loves us above all things and in all ways. God demonstrates His true, steadfast and unfathomable love to us, by loving us in our sin, in spite of our sin and through all sin to redeem us from all sin. There is no love like the love of God and as we are reborn in His love, we love with His love.

“Jesus answered him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.’” (John 3:3, ESV)

Suggested Reading … John 3