To Give Means to Give

25 … with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will (2 Timothy 2).

The word “grant” is the same word used in John 3:16, where God “gave” His only begotten Son. We cannot acknowledge one without also acknowledging the other. To give means to give, period. We cannot embrace God giving us His Son, who is Truth (John 14:6), without also embracing His giving us “repentance leading to the knowledge of [that] truth.” 

This flies in the face of our self-righteous attitude that we can repent on our own. Yet, we could no more have repentance without God giving it, than we could have His Son, whom He also gave. In the same way, on our own we could in no way “escape from the snare of the devil,” without God exerting His power to release us.

Lord, we thank You This Day for granting us both Your Son, as well as repentance to escape the snare of the devil and his captivity. Amen.