The Unspeakable Gift That Keeps on Giving

December 11, 2015

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (KJV)

“Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.” II Corinthians 9:15 (KJV)

Nicodemus, a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews, came to Jesus by night seeking to know both His identity and the source of His power for the miracles that he was performing.   Jesus seized that opportunity to explain to Nicodemus God’s plan of salvation for the world. In an effort to help Nicodemus to grasp what appeared to be a difficult conversation for him, Jesus summarized their conversation with the words, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Martin Luther, the great German Church reformer and theologian, declared that these words contained “the fullness of the Gospel.”

In chapters 8 and 9 of Paul’s second letter to The Church at Corinth, he speaks to the church regarding their responsibility of giving to “the poor within the Body of the Lord.”   Paul tells the church that when the Spirit of Jesus Christ “governs and guides” our giving the power and presence of God will be made manifest in remarkable ways to both those who gave and those who were blessed through the giving. He says that the joy, power, grace and presence of God will be made real in the hearts of both the giver and the receiver, from which God will get the glory! As Paul concludes his teachings to the Church at Corinth on this matter of giving and receiving in the Body of Christ, his heart is overwhelmed by what God has already done for every soul that claims Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Paul says from the depths of his soul, “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift!”

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Amidst the hype and the headlines, the tinsel and the toys, and the glitter and the glamour that are an integral part of the Christmas season, let’s take a closer look at “The Unspeakable Gift of God That Keeps On Giving.”

  1. God put “salvation within a breath’s reach” of every sin stained soul on earth. (Romans 10:9-13)
  2. “The immeasurable love of God” was made real to the world when He sent Jesus, His only begotten Son, to die on the cross for our sins. (John 3:16-17)
  3. Because God loves us so much, “He sent His mercy in human form” in the person of Jesus Christ that we might be restored to Him. (Ephesians 2:1-8)
  4. By our faith in Jesus Christ we are “The children of God and we are invited to live in divine intimacy with Him.” (John 1:10-14 and Romans 8:14-17)
  5. By our faith in Jesus Christ we have both, “peace with God and access to His holy presence.” (Romans 5:1-2)
  6. Because of our faith in Jesus Christ we have “the indwelling presence of the Spirit of God and His peace as we encounter the trials of life and faith” as we seek to walk in the word and ways of the Lord. (John 14:15-27)
  7. By our faith in Jesus Christ we can live with “complete confidence in God to do exceeding abundantly above what we ask or think” as we encounter challenges on “life’s uneven highway.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
  8. By our faith in Jesus Christ we are “empowered with the Good News of God and commissioned to carry it to a dying world. (Matthew 28:19-20a);   and even more,
  9. Because of our faith in Jesus Christ, “we live with the divine assurance that He will be with us until time arrives at the door of eternity, and then He has prepared for us a place in glory.” (Matthew 28:20b and John 14:1-6)

As we think on all that God has given us in Jesus Christ, let us join with Paul during this Christmas season in thanking God for “The Unspeakable Gift That Keeps On Giving”

Larron Jackson 10-12

Rev. Larron D. Jackson, DMin

Denver Cluster Ministry and Missions Coach

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