The Gift of God
The Gift of God...is eternal life and this life is in His Son. Rom 6:23, 1John 5:11
But it’s that time of year again. And today there is a different kind of Gift.
You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
He's making a list,
He's checking it twice,
He's gonna find out who's naughty or nice
He sees you when you're sleeping
And he knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good...
Santa is all-knowing? All-seeing, keeps a record of rights and wrongs. Quite god-like.
Consequently we have: Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Shopping frenzies.
Wrapping paper, tinsel, trees, and toys. Gifts.
Where did this idea of giving gifts come from?
Rev 11:10 describes the reaction of those who saw the two witnesses killed:
they made merry and “sent gifts one to another”
Perhaps it's the story of Esther. Esther 9:22 Purim commemorates their deliverance from Haman.
“days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor”
The wise men found the young child with Mary his mother. Matt 2:11
“and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh” The gifts of the Magi served a purpose.
Gold paid for their travel expenses in fleeing down into Egypt.
Frankincense has healing properties; Myrrh was ultimately used for Christ’s burial.
Proverbs 17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that has it.
Do you have the gift? Is it precious to you?
Jesus offered the Gift to the woman at the well. John 4:10
“If you knew the Gift of God, and who it is that says to you, Give me to drink, you would have asked of Him, and He would have given you living water. Give me and I will Give you.
Do you know the Gift of God? Who is the Gift of God? The One who gives living water.
Heb 6:4 Have you tasted of the heavenly Gift? Have you been made a partaker of the Holy Spirit?
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights
Peter offered the Gift to those who assembled there on the day of Pentecost.
3000 of them cried out, What shall we do?
Maybe like Micah they asked,
Shall we come before the high God with burnt offerings?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams or ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn, the fruit of my body?
No. God gave His firstborn. "...the Firt-born of heaven" Desire of Ages p. 51.
And Peter said, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ and you shall receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, the Comforter. Eph 4:8 When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. The Gift of God, the one with living water that flows like rivers out of his belly. That’s what Jesus said on the last great day of Tabernacles there in John 7:38.
Simon thought he could buy the Gift with money.
Acts 8:20 Peter said, Your money perish with you. You can’t buy a gift. It’s a gift!
Simon wasn’t the only one who thought you could. All those who signed up under the Old Covenant thought you could buy the gift. They would “offer” something to God, something they owned, or something they did. You want sacrifices? We can do sacrifices! And the blood ran deep and wide year after year.
Heb 10:1 But they “can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.” Verse 4 “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.”
Isa 1:11,12 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand?
Jer 6:22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: 23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God.
Psalm 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. 6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
There’s the Gift. And it’s a free Gift.
You can buy it without money and without price. Isa 55:1
Rom 5:15 It’s “the free Gift...the grace of God, and the Gift by grace, by one man, Jesus Christ, has abounded unto many.” Verse 17: “they which receive abundance of grace and of the Gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” The Gift of righteousness is a Crown of righteousness so you can reign in life.
2Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day:
and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Rom 6:23 The Gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son.
Matt 7:11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
How much more shall your Father which is in heaven
give good things to them that ask him?
Eph 2:8 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
it is the Gift of God.
2Cor 9:15 Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable Gift!
Grace and peace be unto you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of the Father in truth and love. 2 John 3