The Gift of God
“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Cor. 9:15)
What is God’s indescribable gift?
Prophecies of God’s Indescribable Gift
In the Old Testament there are several prophecies concerning God’s indescribable gift. Two of these prophecies are written by the prophet Isaiah.
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isa. 9:6)
This prophecy states the Son of God has the names of “Mighty God, Everlasting Father”.
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isa. 7:14)
Here is a prophecy the Son of God is to be born of virgin. The name “Immanuel” means “God with us” (Mt. ).
Fulfillment of God’s Indescribable Gift
Joseph was greatly concerned when he learned that his fiancée Mary was pregnant.
“But while he thought about these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Mt. 1:20-21)
God assured Joseph the child inside Mary’s womb would be the Savior who is God’s indescribable Gift to mankind.
God’s indescribable Gift is manifesting
Himself in the flesh to become His Son
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” (Jn. 1:1-2)
“And the Word became 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.” (Jn. 1:14)
God’s indescribable Gift is a Mystery
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.” (1 Tim. 3:16)
God’s love and Gift to the World
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (Jn. 3:16)
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8)
The Gift of God is perfect
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (Jas. 1:17)
The Lord Jesus Christ is perfect. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21)
The Sacrifice of Jesus is perfect
“For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them.’ then He adds, ‘Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’ Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering of sin.” (Heb. 10:14-18)
Salvation is a Free Gift
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Eph. 1:8-9)
“So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts )
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is only the first step of salvation, and there are other steps to follow.
Three Important Steps of Salvation
“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)
 Repentance  Baptism of Water  Baptism of the Holy Spirit
“But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.” (Tit. 3:4-6)
“Washing of regeneration” corresponds to water baptism “in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.” “Renewing of the Spirit” corresponds to receiving “the gift of the Holy Spirit”.
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assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Holy Spirit, he
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Pray to receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit
The Lord Jesus Christ said we must pray to receive the Holy Spirit.
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.” (Lk. 11:13)
“Jesus answered and said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” (Jn. 4:10)
God’s Gifts to the Church
• Eternal Life - “Whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (Jn. 3:15)
• His Spirit - “If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave to us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?” (Acts )
• Nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:4-10)
• The Sabbath Rest - The Lord Jesus Christ said, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” (Mk. 2:27)
• Five-fold Ministries - “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministery, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” (Eph. 4:11-12)
God’s Gifts must be accepted
Receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” (Jn. 1:12)
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (Jn. 3:18)
God’s Gift of Eternal Life is in His Son Jesus Christ
“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 Jn. 5:11-13)
May God bless you
A sermon based on this article was preached by Paul Wong
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Paul Wong is a Christian minister and the
President of ARK International.