A New Ring For You

James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

None of us are deserving of God’s blessings but as a Father, he has showered us with good gifts. Every moment of our lives, we are blessed, all of creation, including those who don’t believe in God!
 
Salvation is also a free gift from the Father. It is too good to be true. For centuries, mankind has searched for freedom and salvation but God gives us this for free, so easily! Many people still try to work and do deeds for receiving salvation and forgiveness. But no matter what a man does, we can never earn salvation through our actions.

Since no man and no angel can work for salvation, God made it free for us at His own expense! Some people crucify themselves, drown themselves in water, climb mountains, get beaten and pierced for this salvation. But Jesus took all of this up so no one else has to! He gave his whole life as a sacrifice for us to receive this free gift.
 
Along with salvation, we receive a package. In the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15, we see an analogy of the salvation package.

Luke 15:22-24 “22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.”

The father here is impatiently (Quickly) cleaning up his son and dressing him with the best robes. The son’s face shone like that of the Father’s after the cleansing process. He was given a costly new dress to wear which changed his look.
 
We were all  created in God’s image, but our sin distorted this. When we accept Jesus, we are cleansed and this image is restored and we are clothed in the robe of righteousness. This new look is a part of the salvation package.

Put a ring on his finger. The son was given a new ring. This ring symbolizes a relationship or a covenant. This shows a covenant relationship and also the reconciliation between the father and the son who had been separated because of his sinful life. The father and son comes together as one .

These are things that we cannot earn or deserve no matter what we do because of our sinful nature and how far we have drifted from God. But as we accept Jesus, we are restored to God’s image, clothed in the robe of righteousness and reconciled with God through a covenantal relationship.
This covenantal relationship between God the father and us can never be shaken or broken.

Isaiah 54:10 “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”

Romans 8:38-39 “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Some of us, when we lose a loved one, question why God took that person away despite our prayers. Events like these tend to take some people away from God. But like the verse says, absolutely nothing can take away God’s love for us. But it's possible for us to take ourselves away from the love that God showers upon us.

God desires that we remain in the covenantal relationship with Him.
 
2 Corinthians 5:18-21 “And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,[a] so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”

God desires to be reconciled and connected with us always! Sinners and God who were separated once through sin have now been reconciled. This reconciliation was done through Jesus Christ. And now, we are God’s ambassadors to spread the Word about God’s love. 

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About the Author
Dr. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Dr. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.

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