God’s masterpiece of salvation for sinners through the crucifixion and resurrection of His Son, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, changes everything for those who have been saved from death and eternal damnation through repentant faith in Jesus Christ. Our relationship with God is transformed from being His hostile enemies to the wonder of knowing we are His beloved children, from being willing servants of Satan, to grateful recipients of God’s grace and Christ’s empowerment, giving us the ability to live for God’s glory.
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew Him not. (2) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. (3) And every man that hath this hope in Him purifies himself, even as He is pure. 1 John 3:1-3
Christ’s power in us, through His work for us upon the cross and His resurrection from the dead, gives us the ability to live in obedience to His Holy Word. His Holy Spirit indwelling us gives us the new power to reject the works of the flesh in our lives, and to live Spirit empowered lives. Our hope of seeing Him when He returns fuels our godly change from the works of the flesh to the fruit of the Holy Spirit. We can live new lives and therefore all of our earthly relationships have become new and reflect the grace of God in our lives and our interactions with others. Besides our loving relationship with God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and then the mutuality of our togetherness with other believers, we also see the wonderful transformation of the relationship between husband and wife wonderfully characterized by sacrificial love and reverent respect. All relationships benefit from the new life of the believer empowered by His Holy God.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. (2) Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) (3) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. (4) And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (5) Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; (6) Not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; (7) With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: (8) Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. (9) And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. Ephesians 6:1-9
God calls children to obey their parents, and fathers to nurture their children through godly instruction in the Lord Jesus Christ. God calls servants to serve Jesus Christ as they work for their masters, gladly serving God to please Him by always being humbly respectful to their masters. Servants faithfully serve God looking forward to His blessings. God calls masters to treat their servants with respect reminding them they serve Jesus Christ their Master who calls all to give an account to Him. Our loving heavenly Father commands His children to live new lives that reflect the work of Christ in their lives and show forth the Word of God written in their hearts by the Holy Spirit, lives that please Him and bless others. Our transformed lives bear witness to the truth of the gospel written in our hearts and spread abroad through our verbal testimony to the truth of the gospel revealed through the written Word of God, the Holy Bible, the inspired, inerrant, infallible, preserved Word.
Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (18) And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; (19) To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (20) Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. (21) For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
So my beloved brethren, this is our calling to be ambassadors through our new lives transformed by the risen Christ and through our testimony to the truth by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with all who we can. May Christ empower us for this blessed and privileged calling. Amen!
Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: (3) Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. (4) And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 2 Corinthians 3:2-4
Lord Jesus Christ may the reality of Your life for us and in us transform us and make us Your servants who are ministers of grace in us and through us for Your glory and the salvation of other sinners. Amen!