PART I THE UNSPEAKABLE GIFT
Thanks be to God for His unspeakable Gift ( II CORINTHIANS 9:15 ).
The Greek word which is here translated unspeakable means that which cannot be related, that that is unmutterable. This particular Greek word does not occur anywhere else in the entire New Testament. How marvelous that is! The gift of God is singular. The gitft of God stands alone. The gift of God is so diffrent, so far above and so much valuable than any other gift which has been given or ever could be given that it stands alone. It is impossible to express in words of man, the greatness of God's gift, for it is higher and greater than the mind of man could ever conceive. God's gift is higher greater more valuable, and more precious than all the languages in the world could ever express.
The gift, of course, can be none other than the only begotten Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour. No other gift could respond to the word unspeakable. He is represented in the following Scriptures:
1. 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 ( St.John 3:16 ).
The entire Gospel comes to a focus in this verse. God's love is not static or self-centered; it reaches out and draws others in. Here God sets the pattern of true love, the basis for all love relationships, if you love someone dearly, you are willito give freely to the point of selfs-sacrifice. God paid dearly with the life of His Son, the highest price He could pay. Jesus accepted out punishment, paid the price for our sins and then offered us the new life He bought for us.
2. Who gave His life for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil word, according to the will of God our Father ( Galatians 1:4 ).
God's plan all along was to save us by Jesus' death. We have been delivered from the power of this evil world, a world ruled by Satan, full of cruelty, tradgedy, temptation, and deception.
3. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me ( Galatians 2:20 ).
Legally, God looks at me as if I had died with Christ. Because my sains died with Him, I am no longer condemned ( Colossians 2: 13 - 15 ): Relationally, I have become one with Christ, and His experiences are mine. My Christian life began when in unity with Him, I died to my old life ( Romans 6: 5 -11 ). In my daily life, I must regularly crucify sinful desires that keep me from following Christ. This too is a kind of dying with Him ( Luke 9:23 -25 ).
4. And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the Church ( Ephesians 1:22 ).
Having been raised from the dead, Christ is now the Supreme Head of the Church, the ultimate authority over the world. Christ is the Messiah, The Anointed One, the One Israel longed for, the One who would set their world right. As Christians we can be confident that God has won the final victory and is in control of everything. The contract has been signed and sealed a.
5. Who gave Himself a ramson for all to be testified in due time ( I Timothy 2:6 ).
We human beings are separated from God by sin, and only one person in the univers is our mediator and can stand between us and bring us together again - Jesus, who is both God and man. Jesus' sacrifice brought new life to mankind.
6. Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works ( Titus 2:14 ).
The power to live the Christian life comes from Jesus Christ. Because Christ died and rescued us from sin, we are free from sins control. He gives us the power and understanding to live according to God's will and to do good. Then we will look forward to His wonderful return with eager expectaion and hope.