The Lesser of All Things
It is quite a thing for Paul to say that “all things” are ours (1 Corinthians 3:21, 22). It is quite a thing for the psalmist to say, “When my anxious thoughts are many, how Your comforts cheer my soul” (Psalm 94:19). What happens when we consider all the comforts God has given to us in Christ?
Consider these four questions in Romans 8.
- If God is for us, who can be against us? (verse 31)
- Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? (verse 33)
- Who is it to condemn? (verse 34)
- Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? (verse 35)
Among the many consolations that are ours, we have certainty of security in righteousness and fellowship with God. There is no enemy who can successfully accuse us or judge us. There is no wedge that can be driven between us and the love of God in Christ Jesus. There can be those who try, but they cannot conquer.
So Paul makes the argument from the greater to the lesser.
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him gracious give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
As amazing as it is that “all things” are ours, the all things are the lesser. We have been given God’s Son. He is ours and we are His. The Father’s sending and the Son’s sacrificing are the source of everything for us. “What then shall we say to these things?” What then shall we eat and drink to these things?