Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My well-beloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: And he fenced it, and gathered out the stone....16th October 2017
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life (1John 5:11-12).
God never thought to give us things but rather to give us His Son; and with Him freely gave us all things. He that hath the Son hath life, he that hath not the son hath not life. He that spared not his only Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (Roms. 8:32). The Son is the package not the things that come with him. If we possess the Son in his entire reality, then we possess all things.
How can we then have the Son? God has given him to us all as Saviour and Lord (Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance…..and forgiveness of sins (Acts 5:31). Hence, as Saviour, He saves us from the existing judgement that prevents us from possessing anything good. This is judgement of death due to sin: because the soul that sinneth shall die, implying eternal separation from God and therefore everything of and from God (for all good and perfect gifts cometh from the father of light who give the to all men liberally and upbraiding none).
This however is the beginning of the story. To have all the good things promised or to possess an abundant life we must take our Christian journey beyond knowing Jesus as Saviour to knowing him as Lord. He must reign in our lives; and as His government increases so does the wealth and quality of our lives and soul. As we submit to his rule, so do we also enjoy an increase in the abundance of his covering of life. When the righteous (the Spirit) is in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked (fleshy nature/satan) bear rule, the people mourn or sigh or groan from pain (Prov. 29:2). When Jesus is placed as King, the Christian will have peace and find prosperity in all that he does. This is the life of the Kingdom of God.
The first step therefore is knowing Jesus. Have you asked him to take over your life?.