Being a Favor Magnet
1 John 4:10
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (KJV)
Jesus has established us in a position of favor with the Father, where we cannot help but be blessed wherever we go, and whatever we do. This is what Ephesians 2:6, being ‘seated in heavenly places with Christ’, and Ephesians 1:3, having ‘all spiritual blessings in heavenly places’, is all about. This is why John declares that Jesus is the ‘propitiation’ for our sins. The biblical word for propitiation is the Greek word ‘hilasmos’, which speaks of an atoning sacrifice; a sacrifice which redeems us back into the blessings and favor of the Gospel. In other words, John is stating in 4:10 ‘because God loves us, he sent his beloved Son to atone for our sins, to make us a magnet for all His goodness, grace, and blessings’. This is why Hebrews 8:6 declares that the new covenant is ‘established on better promises’. Another way of referring to these ‘better promises’ is as ‘the blessing of Abraham’, as mentioned in Galatians 3.
In order to understand how God’s love is linked in with Christ being our propitiation, or favor-magnet, let’s take a look at Galatians 3:13-14: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a 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.’ (KJV). Jesus carried all of our curses, and in return became an atoning sacrifice for our sins, so that we could forever experience the unconditional, irreversible blessings of our affectionate and loving Father. But what is this blessing of Abraham that was bestowed upon us? – First of all, it means that we are righteous through Jesus and faith in him, and not through our own works (Genesis 15:6). As it wasn’t our good works that caused us to inherit the blessing of Abraham, our bad works cannot disqualify us. It is simply through Christ that we have been made a co-heir of this blessing! (Romans 8:17). That is why John writes in 1 John 4:10 that love is not about our love for God, but his love for us. The blessings are ours to experience, not because of our sincerity, striving, or love, but because of God’s love towards us, shown through Christ’s finished work. Focusing upon and enjoying his love causes every blessing of faith to effortlessly manifest (Galatians 5:6).
But what kind of blessings are given to those who have received ‘the blessing of Abraham’? – To answer simply, as many as you can imagine, and even more! – Genesis 24:1 declares that ‘The Lord had blessed Abraham in all things’, i.e. in every sphere of life, Abraham was experiencing vast blessings. Now, don’t let anyone tell you that this doesn’t include marterial prosperity, because Scripture is clear that Abraham was ‘very rich in livestock, silver, and in gold’ (Genesis 13:2). Romans 4:13 further expresses that through ‘the righteousness of faith’ Abraham ‘became an heir of the world’. Yes, being blessed to be an heir of the world means that in all circumstances you are ‘above only, and not beneath’ (28:13). It means that in Christ you have authority over ‘all the power of the enemy: nothing shall by any means hurt you’ (Luke 10:19). So today, in order to experience these truths that Christ has become our favor-magnet, simply focus on the fact that God loves you. Take the focus off your performance, and place it onto your righteousness in Christ.