It is always thrilling to see what God brings to our thinking in passages of Scripture that we have read numerous times and even memorized.  Sometimes the most important words are formed of two and three letters.  For example, Paul’s response to the jailer in Philippi was a very simple one when asked … “what must I do to be saved – believe on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 16:30-31).  That must have been quite a night in the jail with Paul and Silas singing praises to God, no doubt singing the gospel message that Christ died for their sins and was resurrected in power over sin and the grave.  The response to the gospel was to believe “on” not about.  The “about” Christ had already been heard by the jailer from the prison cell.  To obtain the forgiveness of sins as one’s possession required faith on or in the finished work of Christ on the Cross. That jailer would have to rely upon Christ that, indeed, his sins before a righteous God had been paid in full.  That magnificent truth of salvation became a reality when faith was directed “to” and placed “on” Jesus Christ. The result of this act of faith is always the same to anyone who believes.  “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:26).  The Apostle Paul reveals the personal aspect of salvation, eternal life and security with two letter words … “For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Col 1:13-14).   Recall a most important use of the word “we” in the Old Testament as spoken by a man who became the one through whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed?  That was none other than Abraham to whom was given the blessing of a promised seed – the coming of the Savior, Jesus Christ.  The dramatic scene about to occur was a test of the patriarch’s faith in the promise of God.  He was to offer his son as a sacrifice through whom the promise of a Savior Redeemer was to be fulfilled.  What a paradox – die and yet live?  Note the response of this man of faith as he journeyed to Moriah and gave instructions to his servants … “He said to his servants, "Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you" (Gen 22:5 NIV).  How would God keep His word of a promised seed if Isaac were to be sacrificed?  Abraham left that issue for an all- knowing God to resolve, but he remained firm in the fact that the faithfulness of God had a solution to an apparent dilemma.  His unwavering faith was expressed to his servants -- we will return.  Furthermore, Abraham gave one of the greatest statements of Truth recorded in Scripture concerning the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world … “Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, "Father?" "Yes, my son?" Abraham replied. "The fire and wood are here," Isaac said, "but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?" Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." And the two of them went on together” (Gen 22:7-8).  Scripture records the citation entered into the eternal Word at the induction of Abraham into the Hall of Faith … “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac; and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; it was he to whom it was said, "In Isaac your descendants shall be called."  He considered that God is able to raise men even from the dead; from which he also received him back as a type” (Heb 11:17-19).  Yes, some of the most profound Truths are found in little words such as “on, in, us, all, and we.” God keeps it simple so that we will not miss out on all that He has for those who love Him. 

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