God acts for us, by us and in us.
See the story of Jonah . He flees to Tarshish trying to avoid the mission God had called him to (Jonah 1:3). But God acts for him anyway, preparing the storm and the fish to bring Jonah to obedience. Then in chapter 3, we see God acting by Jonah, now made obedient, bringing the city of Niniveh to repentance – the men of Niniveh repented at Jonah’s preaching (Luke 11:32). Finally, in chapter 4, we see God wanting to act in Jonah to bring him to self-judgment and to resume fellowship with his God of mercy, a God rich in kindness and slow to anger, whether with Niniveh or with Jonah. God acts for us even when our state of soul is bad (Ro. 8 :31); God acts by us when we obey Him (2 Cor. 1 :19). God acts in us so we can judge ourselves and be restored to His fellowship; He acts in us who believe, by His Word (1 Thes. 2:13), He acts in us according to the good pleasure of His will (Eph. 3:20, Phil. 2 :13, 2 Thes.1 :11).
“Now the God of peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus… make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen” (Heb. 13;20-21)
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Last update 2013/11/30