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January 9, 2022                   

 

   “His Unspeakable Gift!”(II)

 

John 3:16  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.

 

Ephesians 2:4-8  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  (5)  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  (6)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  (7)  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  (8)  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

    

     A couple of weeks ago we mentioned taking a looking more closely at 2 Corinthians 9:15.  We thought it would be time well spent in learning why the apostle Paul, concluded his exhortation to the saints at Corinth on the subject of “giving,” with the exclamation:

 

2 Corinthians 9:15  Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

 

     We previously mentioned how the source of the gift was surely of prime importance. The world even acknowledges the fact that the value of a gift is based in a large degree on the reputation or “name” of the giver.  For example, if I bought a pair of top of the line basketball shoes and gave them to one of you fine Heritage Basketball players or avid NBA fans, with my signature on them, you would probably wonder why I had so defaced an otherwise good pair of shoes.  On the other hand, if Stephen Curry, gave you that same pair of shoes with his autograph on them, would there not be a vast difference?  Same shoes, different giver, not only would your appreciation of them increase, but the value of those very same shoes would be dramatically different.

    Just a little food for thought, if Stephen Curry gave those shoes to my wife, she might give them to Sister Tammy to put in the next garage sale. (Just kidding of course,) but do you see my point?  The more you know and appreciate the giver, the more you love, appreciate and value the gift.

 

      Paul, by the Holy Spirit said, “Thanks be unto GOD….”  This truth alone makes this gift a most extraordinary treasure.  It was given to us by God Himself, our Perfect and Holy Creator. The Sovereign Ruler, and Righteous Judge of the entire universe.  He was the One who gave to us HIS UNSPEAKABLE GIFT.

 

Psalms 34:1-3 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.  (2)  My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.  (3)  O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

 

     This is clearly one of the most common reasons mankind, in general, has no concept of the vital importance of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet, there are some, perhaps many, even among those that attend church services on a regular basis who have only an intellectual understanding of the true and living God, and what He has done. 

 

2 Corinthians 4:3-4  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  (4)  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

 

Isaiah 40:21-23  Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?  (22)  It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:  (23)  That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

 

          But it is us, the sincere born-again believers in Christ Jesus, who by God’s grace, must remind ourselves and faithfully proclaim to others, the glory, honor and praise due to the God of heaven and earth, because of HIS UNSPEAKABLE GIFT!

 

2 Corinthians 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
 

Ephesians 1:3-7  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  (4)  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  (5)  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  (6)  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.  (7)  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

 

     Yes, HIS UNSPEAKABLE GIFT should leave us in awe, first and foremost because OUR HOLY GOD, Himself, is the GIVER of this GREAT GIFT.

 

2 Corinthians 9:15  Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

 

Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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