“who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”
who through Him
The word “through” is crucial in this phrase because it describes the means of our salvation. Note some of the many times the Bible describes Jesus as the means of salvation:
“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture,” (John 10:9 ).
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me,’” (John 14:6).
“Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,’” (Romans 3:24).
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God,” (Romans 5:1).
“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him,” (Romans 5:9).
“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them,”(Hebrews 7:25).
Jesus is God’s means of salvation.
We cannot come to God except through Jesus. We cannot pray except through Christ. All good things come through Jesus Christ. He is the way God has arranged our relationship to Himself. We cannot relate to Him except through Jesus.
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:5).
What is your personal relationship to Jesus Christ? Have you come to trust him as God’s way of salvation for you?