I AM your reward

Daily Reading – Genesis 15:1-17:7

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great… I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you.”

The opening and closing verse of today’s reading highlight the main promise of the Abrahmic covenant and how that promise will be fulfilled. God tells Abraham that he will have a great reward. Then he explains, “I am your reward.” The covenant is “I will be God to you.” God’s presence and relationship is our very great reward.

This is the glory of the gospel and the fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant, that all those who receive him, who believe in his name, might get God in the end.

Our reward is not forgiveness of sins, justification, or a glorified, resurrected body. Those are just means to the end, and the end is that we get to be with God. We get to know him, live with him, love him, and become his children.

1 Peter 3:18

 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.

Forgiveness, healing, justification, and glorification are all necessary, but the end goal is the promise found in the Abrahamic covenant, “I will be God to you.” Jesus died so that we might get to God.

John 17:3

And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

This is eternal life, that we may know him! Jesus does describe eternal life in terms of timeline, but relationship. The promise given to Abraham in Genesis 12-17 is that he and his descendants will one day enter into a relationship with God that is so deep, rich, and true that it superecedes the relationship of man with God in the garden. God will take us past Adam all the way to Christ.

What does this mean for us today?

Here are some questions to consider:

I. Do you love the idea of forgiveness more than you love God?

II. Do you desire to know, love, cherish, and enjoy God above all else?

III. What lies are fighting for your affections that can only be satisfied in the ultimate source of goodness and joy?

The Emmaus Trail is a weekly devotional study that explores the theme of God reconciling himself to the world through the redemption of his Son which is found in all of Scripture. 

Luke 24

That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 

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