Pastor Bill Meadows
December 10, 2013
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15). Paul closes this chapter with a word of praise. He has been writing about giving, and his heart has been so filled with God’s goodness to him that he shouts, “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.” This gift is, of course, the gift of His son, Jesus Christ, and with Him the gift of eternal life. Paul was speaking about God’s gift of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who, though He was rich, for our sakes became poor so that we through His poverty, become rich. What does it mean for God to make us rich? Jesus came to this world all the way from heaven. He was the sinless One. He was holy, undefiled, separate from sinners. He came down to earth to save sinners. He came down from heaven, but He didn’t go to the mountaintop. There is no people there, He couldn’t find any man on that plan of holiness. They are all in the valley. They are all dead in trespass and sins, “ And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1):So what did Jesus do? “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6).
No one can ever fully describe the gift of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. One can know more of Christ and his work of salvation, but one can never know Him fully. The more we rejoice in Him we need to open this indescribable, divine gift God has given.
When we look at this gift, we first discover that Jesus Christ is God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). John continues to tell us the Word become flesh, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth … No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him (John 1:14,18). If we cannot appreciate this gift, then we are living in the dark and the Holy Spirit will not be able to enlighten our eyes and we will not appreciate this great gift. We will hate him. Paul says he is “anekdiegetous” which means beyond words. Why? He is God, but “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son,” that we may believe in Him and be saved from eternal damnation. “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him” (John 3:16,36). Even though we may not fully understand him, Jesus is God’s for the whole world. (Romans 8:32) says, He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” In Christ we receive all things. God has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. “How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Ephesians 3:3.
Most people in the world have not known him. Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, “Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water” (John 4:10). A sinful person is ignorant of this gift of God. Why? Satan has blinded his eyes so that he cannot see the glory of God in the face of this gift, and that gift is Jesus Christ. Remember, He Who is the creator and governor of the universe was sent to us wrapped in human flesh and rags, and placed in a manger. No wonder the people despise him!
Think about this, The son of God came down to this wicked world and took on immutable, the invisible became the visible, the Creator became the created, the sustainer of all became dependent, the Almighty affirms. “Please God He became man.” In one person there was a conjunction “of all that belongs to Godhead and all that belongs to manhood.” This eternal son came into a “world of sin, misery and death.” He came in the likeness of sinful flesh, yet without sin.
I ask you today “Why don’t you open the greatest gift every, Jesus Christ?”