God’s Gift

imagesAll scriptures are quoted from the King James Version unless otherwise noted. Explanatory insertions within a scripture are enclosed in brackets. 

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is important to remember 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.” John 3:17 continues: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

When I read John 3:16, it is difficult for me to fully fathom the spiritual depth of what God did for you and me. I have two grown children whom I love dearly. It would be difficult for me to sacrifice either one of them to the world to die for your sins and mine so that we could have eternal life. And yet, this is what God did when He gave his only begotten Son to die for us. Jesus Christ, knowing full well the pain and suffering that he would have to endure, made a free will decision to die for us so that we could have salvation through him and the remission of sins. Romans 5:6b declares, “In due time Christ died for the ungodly.” 1 John 4:9-10 states:  “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation [full payment] for our sins.”

In the Garden of Gethsemane, it must have been pure agony as Jesus contemplated his impending crucifixion. Jesus prayed to God, his heavenly Father: “Oh my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Mathew 26:39).  At this point, the disciples were all asleep and not one of them was awake to stand by Jesus or to  comfort him during this time of great distress. Jesus’ second prayer to God was: “O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done” (Mathew 26:42). Jesus was obedient unto death to do the will of his Father. The consequences of his obedience are profound. The effects of his life, death, resurrection, and ascension continue to reverberate today.

Those who choose to accept Romans 10:9-10, means that they are born again and have eternal life. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” In addition to eternal life, we also have remission of sins. Romans 3:24-25 states: “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation [payment] through faith [believing] in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.”

If eternal life and remission of sins isn’t enough, being born again by accepting Romans 10:9-10 means that we received the gift of holy spirit and have the ability and power to operate nine manifestations of holy spirit: speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discerning of spirits, faith (believing), workings of miracles and gifts of healings. Jesus Christ proclaimed in John 14:12, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

Jesus Christ is now sitting on the right hand of God (Mark 16:19, Romans 8:34). We are called by God to walk in the steps of Jesus Christ. One of our sonship rights as a born-again believer is the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18).  We are to reconcile men and women back to God and to share what is freely available as a result of believing Romans 10:9-10. From a heart of love, not coercion, we share what is freely available to anyone who chooses to believe. It is always a free will choice whether people choose to believe or not. Jesus Christ did the hard work for us. We have the easy job.

God’s abundant blessings to you and your loved ones during this holiday season!

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