Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!
2 Corinthians 9:15
One mark of Christmas is the giving of presents to one another and it is lovely to give gifts to those we love – for we read in Scripture that it is better to give than to receive. But no matter how beautiful or expensive a gift may be, it will wax old and deteriorate, and it is all too likely to be replaced in time by something else that peaks the interest. But Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians writes of the indescribable gift that God in His grace gave to humanity – a gift with eternal consequences, that will never age nor lose its value – a perfect gift of grace and beauty that can never be replaced. However magnificent a gift we receive from family or friends, it pales to insignificance in comparison with the inexpressible gift of Christ Jesus, the eternal Son of God – for God so loved the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes on His name, would not be condemned (as he justly deserves) but be given eternal life.
God’s indescribable gift is appropriate for all ages and genders; all nationalities and groups; all Jews and Gentiles – all who are fabulously wealthy or living in dire poverty. God’s indefinable gift is suitable for every generation and for all families. It’s suitable for all occasions no matter what the time – and for all persons whether bond or free. God’s unutterable gift of His Son multiplies into a plethora of additional gifts, which explode into an astonishing display of God’s amazing grace and unconditional love. Spiritual death is removed and the new life of Christ is breathed into our dead spirit – we were dead in our sins, but made alive in Christ.. We were blind but now we can see. Our spiritual blindness has gone and God’s wrath is removed for there is now no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus – for we are accepted in the Beloved. We were once spiritually alienated from God and without hope in the world, but all enmity with God is washed away and we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ. Thanks be to God for His indefinable gift!
God’s unspeakable gift transferred us from spiritual darkness to spiritual light – for the imputed sin of Adam and the many sins we commit are removed far away. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our sins from us – for as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him. We are free from bondage and the curse of the law – set free from the slave market of sin. We are part of a new creation – new creatures in Christ, for our old sin nature was severed at the cross and we are imbued with a new nature – the new life in Christ. Our status of sinner is changed into saint. Our cursed status has become blessed. The body that is sown is perishable, but is raised imperishable. The body that is sown in dishonour, is raised in glory; The body that is sown in weakness, is raised in power. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift!
We are united with Christ and brought into sweet fellowship with the Father, for we’re redeemed by the blood; reconciled to the Father; justified in God’s eyes and declared righteous. We’re positionally sanctified in Christ and God’s wrath has been satisfied. We are forgiven forever – cleansed; made whole and ministers of a new covenant. The death and resurrection of Christ Jesus our Lord has paid the price for our sin.. broken the power of sin in our life and will one day remove sin’s presence – forever. The curtain of separation has been torn from top to bottom granting access to the throne-room of grace and we’re covered from head to toe with the armour of God for we are clothed with Christ and one with Him – His body, His church –His bride. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
We were born from above and regenerated by the Spirit of God. We are the temple of God with the permanently indwelling Spirit of God as God’s deposit of grace. We were foreknown of God and chosen by Him – sealed and adopted forever, Amen. We were showered with the riches of eternal life – endowed with God’s spiritual gifts. We were baptised into Christ – made peace with God and given the peace of God. He started a good work in us and prepared good works for us to do in His strength – and then in His grace rewards us for the work He carried out in our lives – what grace. Thanks be to God for His unimaginable gift!
We are adopted into the royal family of God – as sons of God and children of light. We are beloved of the Father, made joint-heirs with Christ and destined to rule and reign with our Saviour and Lord in His coming kingdom, as the wife of the Lamb. By His blood spilt at Calvary’s cross we are robed in the righteousness of Christ – and by His glorious resurrection He is the First-born of the dead – the preeminent Man. Jesus, Who was made lower than the angels for a while, is now crowned with glory and honour for He suffered death, so that by God’s grace He tasted death for everyone. Thanks be to God for His inconceivable gift!
Through Christ Jesus we possess life – eternal life – abundant life. We are part of the body of Christ and made saints of the Most High. We are become ambassadorship of Christ on earth and have a heavenly citizenship. We are joint-heirship with Christ and have an inheritance held in trust for us by God. We have been made living stones and become part of the dwelling-place of God. We are a chosen people; a royal priesthood; a holy nation; God’s special possession… that in this life and in the ages to come – we may declare the praises of Him Who called us out of darkness into His wonderful light. Let us thank God for His inexpressible gift!
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