We will conclude God’s plan of salvation for man by looking at other four components of the redemptive package – strength, honor, glory and blessing.
Strength is one of the essential compositions on the redemptive package. Every child of God needs supernatural strength to overcome spiritual, physical and emotional challenges of life. Paul was an apostle of Jesus Christ who exhibited this strength. He was persecuted and tormented in every way but was strong enough to withstand otherwise he would have thrown in the towel. In Philippians 4:13, Paul proclaimed, “I can do all things thorough Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Jesus Christ is the source of this strength and anyone who stays connected to Him by redemption will never lack this strength.
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9)
This supernatural strength is available to those who are persecuted for Christ’s sake; who lose their ones; who are fighting the battles of life and who are on the heavenly race.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.” (Psalm 46:1-3)
By God’s provision, you can keep exuding this strength as you rejoice in the Lord no matter your circumstance (Nehemiah 8:10). You need to always keep the attitude of joy because it is one fruit of the Holy Spirit that brings supernatural strength. Further, another way to keep renewing and living in divine strength is waiting on the Lord in fellowship, prayer and fasting. This guarantees you all round victory (Isaiah 40:31).
This is one of the riches of redemption a child of God enjoys. God exalted Jesus and gave Him a name that is above every other name. God esteems and has regards for any man who accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior. So every born again Christian enjoys the honor in the name of Jesus Christ because whenever he or she mentions that name every knee in heaven, on earth, and under the earth bows.
“He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:15)
Further, it is honor to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. From this honorable position, you can deal with principalities and agents of darkness.
“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places…. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 1:20; 2:6)
Man lost this honor after the fall of Adam but Jesus came to restore it (Psalm 8:5). God makes His children high above all nations even in honor (Deut. 26:19). He can make your enemies to honor you as the case of Mordecai. Haman honored Mordecai with a crown, royal apparel and horse. Your enemies shall honor you in Jesus name.
To keep enjoying this honor, you need to serve God continually and honor God in every department of your life. Jesus said, “If any man serves Me, him will my Father honor.” (John 12:26; Romans 2:10)
Literally, glory is described as magnificence or great beauty. The glory of God is awesome. Kenneth Copeland said,
“The glory of God isn’t just a feeling, an event or an Old Testament experience—it’s a spiritual tsunami of everything contained in the character of God.”
God’s character is flawless and its beauty cannot be compared. As a new creature, every child of God sheds every character that doesn’t conform to God’s glory. Any man who is born of God (John 1:13), possesses God’s glory and enjoys His presence. The presence of God is powerful; therefore the one who carries God’s glory is a terror to the kingdom of darkness. God has asked His children to arise and shine because of His glory upon them.
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.”
God wants to manifest His glory in us as He did through Jesus while He was on earth. In John 2:11, the Bible says, “This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and His disciples believed on Him.” Allow God to reveal His glory through you and see people coming to Christ. God uses His own to provide for the needy, give instructions and provide counsel to others.
God’s glory repels depression, negativity and fear. Stay in touch with God in humility, consecration, praise, and prayer to keep on radiating His glory.
The blessing is God’s favor, preservation and supplies every child of God enjoys. The Psalmist said, “For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield (Psalm 5:12). This blessing is meant for the righteous. Every one born of God lives in the righteousness of God thereby partaking in this blessing. This blessing was lost through one man’s (Adam) disobedience, but in obedience, Christ paid the price to restore the blessing.
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them saying, be fruitful, and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it….” (Gen 1:28).
Further, every one born of God partakes of the Abrahamic blessing and is set free from every curse of the law; cursed is every one that hangs on the tree, that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13b, 14).
This blessing is pack filled with richness, fruitfulness, dominion, wisdom and void of sorrow, disease and sickness (Proverbs 10:22).
“The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and He added no sorrow with it.”
Wow! We can see what unbelievers and sinners are missing. It is not too late; you can still come to Jesus, if you are yet to do so. He will not cast you out. You can say this prayer of salvation. Congratulations if you said the prayer. Welcome to the family of God.
By: Sunday Omori