Affectionately Dependent means that although followers of Christ are utterly dependent upon Jesus for breath, redemption, and the Christian life, we are overjoyed to be so. We were not always this way, but were once blind to the glory of Christ, enemies of God, lawbreakers and under a curse, with God’s wrath remaining on us (Romans 1:18, 3:23, Deuteronomy 27:26, Galatians 3:10). But now, for those who are in Christ, the Spirit has illuminated our spiritual eyes to see God for who he is––glorious, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, holy, just, perfect and, in the incarnation of Jesus, the propitiation for our sin (2 Corinthians 4:6, Exodus 34:6, 1 John 2:2). Likewise, we see natural man for what he is––depraved, evil and an evildoer, wicked, God-hating, a sinner and rebel against God himself (Romans 1:30, 3:10, 3:23).
But on the cross Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3). Well did Isaiah prophesy, “the Lord has laid on [Jesus] the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). By faith, apart from any works, the righteousness of Jesus is imputed to us––helpless, depraved sinners––and we are made the children of God (Romans 8:17).
Therefore, the Christian loves Jesus for the selfsame reason the woman who anointed Jesus did before his crucifixion––we love much because we have been forgiven much (Luke 7:47). We’ve been saved from eternal destruction and have been made right with God, even children, by the forever and full, once for all atoning work of Jesus. Christ has brought us to God where there is fulness of joy and pleasures forevermore (Hebrews 10:10, 1 Peter 3:18, Psalm 16:11).
How God Works by Providences: A Letter by Robert Murray M’Cheyne
Corduroy Kid is journal style prose inspired by everyday life. It finds its grounds in nature, history, theology, and an armful of other things along the way––wherever I might be going. Posts are published monthly.