The Source and End of All
“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36).
God is the source and the end of all things in life - in heaven and on earth.
God is the Creator of all things. He is also the One through whom all things flow; and all things are created for His purposes, including you and me, and all the things that happen in our lives.
Our salvation is “from” God. He is not only our Creator, but more importantly our Redeemer. He is the author of our faith, and the One who has caused us to be born again by His Holy Spirit.
Our salvation was initiated “through” God sending His one and only Son Jesus, to die for our sins and reconcile us to Himself. It is not that we loved God, but that He loved us and gave Himself for us, to bring us back “to” himself (1 John 4:10).
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has provided all we need, to know Him and enjoy Him. For that is what God seeks, worshipers to worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
Before the creation of the world, God the Father planned our salvation. And God the Son willing and voluntarily, who was begotten and not made, took on flesh and blood as the Son of God to fulfill the law, take the wrath and punishment of God on our behalf, and accomplish our salvation from sin, so that all who trust in Jesus will find acceptance and reconciliation with God the Father.
If this was not enough, God the Holy Spirit; who is the other “Advocate” just like Jesus is our Advocate, works in the hearts of people to respond to the call of God in Christ, that they may turn away from our sin, and turn to God in faith through Jesus.
“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:1-3).
“God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our sins, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:4-10).
As the source and end of all things, our heavenly Father is responsible for all the blessings in our lives, for which we can be grateful; who we are and who we are not, what we have and what we have been spared from. We are responsible for all our sin and failure to glorify God, for which He has been merciful.
God is the only being who can be God, and He is more than worthy to receive all our worship, gratitude and trust. And it is by seeing the glory of God in Jesus through the Holy Spirit, through His word and in prayer, that we are transformed into His image (2 Corinthians 3:18).