But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
2 Cor. 9:15
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
I am certain that we are all thinking about gifts during this time of year. We are checking our lists to make sure that we have a gift for everyone. As we go about shopping and seeking for just the perfect gift for our loved ones, I pray that we will be reminded and thankful for the greatest gift of all, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Without His gift life would have no purpose or meaning. I am truly grateful that I received that glorious gift many years ago. I have never received anything that compares to what the Lord gave me. In fact, it is still fresh and new. It is a gift that after all of these years has not grown old or lost its desire. I am mindful of that Gift every day that I live.
As I thought of the gift of salvation that our Lord provided for all men, I was thinking of a discussion that we had in our early Bible study on Wednesday evening. The question was asked about what really justifies a gift. Is it the fact that a gift was given, or does it need to be received to really be counted as a gift? That is a very interesting question to which we all would likely have a differing opinion. However, when it comes to the gift of salvation, it is imperative that the Gift be received. Christ suffered and died upon the cross for the redemption of humanity, but just beacuse the gift was given doesn't constitute salvation. One must receive the gift of salvation for the gift of God in His only begotten Son to be beneficial in an individual life.
For me that is what is so tragic in the lives of many people today. Christ offered Himself as the atoning sacrifice for sin, fully satisfying the righteous demands of God, and yet so many people refuse to recieve this glorious gift. So, I suppose the truthful answer would be that a gift really isn't a gift until it is received. I rejoice that I received that gift and have been pardoned of sin and adopted into the family of God.
How about you? Do you know Christ as your Lord and Savior? Was there a moment in your life that the Holy Spirit convicted you of sin, revealing your need for salvation, and you trusted in the finished work of Christ on the cross for salvation? If not you have not receieved the unspeakable Gift that Paul spoke of. During the Christmas season would be a wonderful time to receive the greatest Gift ever given!