For – Me, You, Us and Our
One day I’m going to write a book or two. An idea that’s been on my mind for a very long time is a book titled “Balance – Finding a Biblical Balance in a World of Extremes”. Another book is going to be “For – Me, You, Us and Our”. This is a mash up of a chapter in each of those books.
God-centered / Man-centered
If you didn’t know about it…there’s this little debate in the theology world around a “God-centered” theology versus a “man-centered” theology. I definitely think it’s a great discussion to have because it can shape the way you read Scripture and view God. Regardless of your take on that discussion, I don’t think we can get away from what God has done for me, for you, for us and for our. I like to call it “Love-centered” theology.
In Ephesians 3 Paul is praying that they (and we) would grasp something…comprehend something…and that something is God’s love.
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19 NIV
For – Me, You, Us and Our
Have you ever thought deeply about the cross of Christ being the greatest expression of God’s grace and mercy and love towards you? Take one of these scriptures and let it roll around your heart today. Memorize and thank God for what He has done for you, for me, for us and for our.
Romans 4:24-25 ESV
24 … It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
Romans 5:6-8 ESV
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 8:31-34 ESV
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 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? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
1 Corinthians 15:3 ESV
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures
2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV
21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Galatians 1:4 ESV
4 who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father
Galatians 2:20 ESV
20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Ephesians 5:2 ESV
2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
1 Thessalonians 5:10 ESV
10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.
Titus 2:14 ESV
14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
1 Peter 2:21 ESV
21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
1 John 3:16 ESV
16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
1 John 4:10 ESV
10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
It was FINISHED…for me.
I’d encourage you to read Matthew 26 and 27 to see what Jesus went through “For Me”. “For You”. “For Us”. “For Our”.