“And that the TIME OF THE LORD’S FAVOUR HAS COME”
Luke 4:19 [NLT]
When I perceived that I was being impelled by the Holy Spirit to write on the subject matter of God’s favour, I realized a lot of questions started flickering through my mind. One of such questions was this: “Should a Christian ask God for His Favour?”
The reason why I became so fixated with getting an answer within the tenets of God’s immutable Word was because I have often heard a lot of Christians pray, asking for God’s favour. The truth remains that the fact that a lot of Christians pray that way doesn’t actually make it right.
So I kept searching while being careful at the same time not to be knotted by the desire for special interpretations of the Scripture. Peter warned about this when he said “And remember why he is waiting. He is giving us time to get his message of salvation out to others. Our wise and beloved brother Paul has talked about these same things in many of his letters. Some of his comments are not easy to understand, and there are people who are deliberately stupid, and ALWAYS DEMAND SOME UNUSUAL INTERPRETATION – they have twisted his letters around to mean something quite different from what he meant, just as they do other parts of the Scripture – and the result is disaster for them” [2 Peter 3:15-16 TLB].
However, deep within me I still perceived that something wasn’t right with such request– a Christian asking God for His favour. I have always believed that the New Covenant has something better for us.
The point I want to make is that, understanding and remaining within the stipulations of God’s Word on any subject matter will do us a lot of good, considering that it’s only then that we’ll be effective and triumphant in our prayer life.
What does the Bible Teach about God’s Favour?
Here are my findings:
What’s referred to as “The time of the Lord’s favour” in the New Living Translation [NLT] rendition of Luke 4:19, is what the King James Version [KJV] calls “The acceptable year of the Lord”.
Reading Luke 4:19 from the Amplified Bible will leave us with a clearer picture of what Jesus was saying here: “To proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the FREE FAVOURS of God profusely abound]”.
Did you see that? The acceptable year of the Lord is actually the day when His salvation and free favours profusely abound.
What this means is that our access into God’s free favours is SALVATION, a term used to signify being quickened from sin, rescued from destruction, and restoration unto fellowship with God.
You see, what I want to actually draw your attention to, is the fact that the work of salvation as it relates to our human spirit, has already been accomplished in Christ. That’s why speaking about Jesus, Luke tells us that “For the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost”.
This also explains why Jesus is referred to as “The author and finisher of our faith” [Hebrews 12:1].
In his first letter to the Corinthian Christians, speaking about Jesus, Paul said, “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us WISDOM, and RIGHTEOUSNESS, and SANCTIFICATION, and REDEMPTION” [1 Corinthians 1:30].
Paul’s choice of words referring to Christ as our RIGHTEOUSNESS, SANCTIFICATION, and REDEMPTION, all point to the fact that He’s our SALVATION, because righteousness, sanctification and redemption are the outcome of salvation.
To further establish this truth, at Christ’s birth, Simeon recognized that the salvation of mankind was born; therefore, he said to God “For mine eyes have seen thy SALVATION” [Luke 2:30].
Luke 2:25 informs us that Simeon was eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Messiah, whose primary mission was for the consolation – call to salvation, rescue – of Israel. In other words, Simeon was waiting for the salvation of Israel – that is, JESUS.
When that day finally came, which was heralded by the birth of Jesus, Simeon took Jesus into his arms, and all he could do was to thank God, saying, “I have seen your SALVATION” [Luke 1:30 NLT]. I’m sure you understand that the person Simeon was referring to as God’s salvation was JESUS – the child he held in his arms.
You see, the words which Luke recorded in Luke 4:19 weren’t only said by Jesus, but they were referring to Him. What Jesus meant here is that as God’s Salvation, He came along with GOD’S PROFUSELY ABOUNDING FREE FAVOURS, which are to be evident in the lives of those who receive Him.
My understanding of what Jesus intended to teach here is that, you can’t separate God’s profusely abounding free favours from His salvation because it’s His salvation that guarantees the unlimited release of His profusely abounding free favours. Alleluia!
My Final Thoughts
Speaking in the light of God’s Word, it’s absolutely true that Jesus is God’s Salvation to mankind. As God’s Salvation, He has brought to mankind the fullness and totality of God’s profusely abounding free favours. This is to say that when you have Jesus you have ALL of God’s free favours. The Living Bible rendition of Colossians 2:10 help us to establish this truth, because it says, “WHEN YOU HAVE JESUS YOU HAVE EVERYTHING [including God’s profusely abounding free favours]”.
As soon as Mary got information from the angel that she had conceived of the Holy Spirit, and that her child was going to be called “the Son of God – Jesus”, the angel in question didn’t hesitate to draw her attention to the fact that such a privilege came along with free favours. In his own words, the angel told Mary “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace (free, spontaneous, absolute favor and loving-kindness) with God” [Luke 1:30 Amplified]. Wow!
It was the fact that Mary had accepted to be pregnant of God’s Salvation that she gained unlimited access to God’s profusely abounding free, spontaneous and absolute favours. She didn’t have to pray or fast for it. She just accepted the Word.
Speaking by the Holy Spirit, Paul tells us that “Now all praise to God for his wonderful kindness to us and HIS FAVOUR that he has poured out upon us because we belong to his dearly loved Son” [Ephesians 1:6 TLB].
Dear friend, God’s Word is clear on the subject of His favour. It’s not earned by our activities. He doesn’t expect us to pray in order to have access to it. It’s ours already simply because we belong to Jesus. Our duty is to praise Him always, as Paul put it, “for his wonderful kindness to us and HIS FAVOUR that he has poured out upon us because we belong to his dearly loved Son”.
Spend time daily to praise God, as you remind yourself that
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I praise you because in Christ,
I’m deeply loved,
And greatly blessed,
Because I’m God’s righteousness in Christ,
And a life-giving spirit, just like Jesus”.
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You’re deeply loved, highly favoured and greatly blessed because you’re a life-giving spirit just like Jesus.
Jesus Is Lord!