It is always exciting to see plans fall into place and the outcomes to be as we envisioned them to be.  From the spiritual perspective, there is thanksgiving, for God have answered our desires and petitions.  But more often than not, God’s gracious work on the behalf of Christians exceeds that which we can even imagine.  In His Word He gives this promise … “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom 8:28 NASB). The Apostle Paul tells us … “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:4-7 NASB).  While the surpassing riches of His grace are extended to those who by faith have trusted Christ as Savior and have purposed to walk in faith-obedience to His Word, these grace riches become a reality as we consistently apply God’s Truth to our lives, all in the filling of the Spirit.  Nearly two thousand years ago, Jesus prayed to the Father with Whom He had walked in perfect harmony in order to fulfill the plan of redemption.  The Cross lay before Him as He would become a willing sacrifice for the sins of the world.  He had left the throne room of heaven to enter the human race, choosing not to function within the prerogatives of His own Deity but in the Father’s will and by the power of the Spirit. He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on the Cross. While praying in Gethsemane, He said … "Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son, that the Son may glorify Thee (John 17:1).  "And now, glorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was” (John 17:5 NASB).  That prayer request was for restoration to the glory He and the Father had experienced prior to the incarnation.  What was the response of the Father?  Paul records the exceeding riches of God’s grace toward the Son of Man who had purchased our salvation… “Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:9-11 NASB).  God the Father now could extend the riches of His grace in Christ to those who placed their faith in this Jesus as their personal Savior. The Apostle Peter would write … “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Pet 1:2 NASB).  Paul would close his prayer of the unmeasured praise, glory and honor due our Heavenly Father with these words … “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen: (Eph 3:20-21 KJV). 

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