Spared not his own son, but freely gave him up

Romans_8-32The Verse of the /Day for August 22, 2015 was originally posted a year ago, but it has been modified and re-posted here:

Romans 8:32 (NLT)

32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?

Romans 8:32 causes those who read it to think about the degree to which God, our Father, was willing to go to express His love. It brings to mind that God is the ultimate “Giver.” As the supreme giver, God practices the very principles that He implements. As a liberal giver par excellence, our Father gives, withholding nothing. Without question, He is generous and extravagant in His giving. As the supreme expression of giving, God applies the very principles that He establishes.

We find a parallel example of the ultimate expression of sacrificial giving when we examine the heart-wrenching account where Abraham “does not withhold his son, Isaac, his only son, whom he loved dearly.” At the point where he is willing to “offer up” Isaac, we learn of angelic intervention in Genesis 22:12:

12 “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.”

If this account moves us to tears, how much more should we moved by another father “who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?” [Amplified Bible]

Giving is a demonstration or manifestation of love. It has been said that you can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. Whenever we think of love and its connection with giving, we think of God who demonstrated or manifested His love as revealed in one of the most quoted Bible verses of all time: John 3:16:

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

This verse also relates to Romans 8:32, in that we also ask, “If God is willing to give the greater, would he withhold the lesser?” Verse 32 is part of the section of Romans 8 that contains a series of questions that lets believers know that with God there is no accusation as verses 32-34 reveal:

32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

Though the adversary of souls, the accuser of the brethren, still brings railing accusations against us day and night, Jesus Christ, our advocate, intercedes for us. As such, he is the consummate expression of giving that the Verse of the Day speaks of so clearly.

Here is a musical rendering of Romans 8:32:

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