Four Priceless Gifts

Friends,
Have you ever given a gift to someone and it was just set aside? –Set aside with an attitude of ungratefulness… or with an obvious ignorance concerning the gift’s value… or the time, love, and sacrifice put in to obtaining it? I’m sure we’ve all experienced it… and it’s hurtful.

But do we really stop to consider how grieved the heart of God is… in that He gave humankind a glorious gift… the gift of deliverance from sin’s power and penalty… through a Person… Himself… the God-man..? But that most of the entire human race sets aside this Gift with a careless or rebellious brush of the hand –and heart? It is truly wretched… truly vile.

“He [Jesus] was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.” (John 1:10,11) How sad. And this, in spite of the fact that the Jews were all expecting a Messiah. And if they had been pure in heart and devoted to the LORD and His Word (like they glamorously made pretense of), then they would have recognized Him. And they then would have been able to tell others.

But no. They were full of darkness –self, falsehoods, idols, and rebellion against God– so that this “true light that gives [offers] light to every man” (v. 9) was rejected… and is still being rejected… throughout the world. Why would someone groping about in the darkness not want the light turned on –so he could see? “This is the verdict [and the reason]: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” (John 3:19,20)

“But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light,” (v. 21) and as “we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from every sin.” (1 John 1:7) This is a wonderful gift! One to be exceedingly grateful for! One to be highly valued! For this Gift saves us from destruction –both in this life, and in the one to come. And the sacrifice on God’s part was not small ! ! ! ! “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) At what price? Death. “He was led like a lamb to the slaughter… yet He did not open His mouth.” (Isa. 53:7)

Therefore, the worship song in Rev. 5:9,12: “…because You were slain, and with Your blood You purchased men for God… Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” We are to be so grateful… and thus bow in adoration, overflowing with songs of praise. For because of this indescribable Gift –the ransom paid, the pardon extended– we are also offered the gift of the Holy Spirit by whom we “receive power to be Christ’s witnesses” (See Acts 1:8) and by whom we “put to death the misdeeds of the body” (Rom.8:13), thus being able to please God (v. 4,8) –which should be our life’s goal.

Jesus told His disciples, “…wait for the gift My Father promised, which you have heard Me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:4,5) This marvelous Gift –the Holy Spirit to indwell us, guide us, comfort us… is for all who believe in who Christ Jesus is and what He did for us. For we were redeemed “through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.” (Gal. 3:14) This is a gift, not only of eternal life, but also of freedom from sin. As verse 22 says, “But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.” And we receive all His gifts by faith.

So God gave us Jesus (the Ransomer), the Holy Spirit (our Counselor), freedom from sin’s mastery over us, and eternal life… four priceless gifts… gifts we should be abundantly grateful for. So grateful that we show it by our words and actions –always. Never to carelessly or rebelliously toss the Gifts aside.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on December 26, 2009.

 
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