The Greatest Giver
By Pastor J.D. Link
Rom 5:15-18 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
In these verses, the term “gift” is used six times, and it is paired with “free” three times. In context, it is talking about the gift of righteousness which comes only by faith in Jesus Christ. “Free gift” seems redundant, so why did Paul use the term? To stress that God’s gifts are totally of grace, and there are no strings attached. Righteousness – or any gift of God – are given by grace alone, and can only be received through faith. No fine print. No bait and switch schemes.
Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to receive (Act 20:35), and He gave His best. He gave even His very life. So to be a giver is to be like Jesus. He is the great gift giver. God is the greatest giver in the universe. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him (Jam 1:17). He gives good gifts to those who ask (Mt 7:11). He loved mankind so much, that He gave His only begotten Son to purchase us out from the kingdom of darkness (Jn 3:16).
His gifts are by grace (Eph 3:7, 4:7). He gives freely. You cannot earn a gift from God. You might have to change some things in your life to be able to receive God’s gifts, but you don’t earn them. That would make His gifts wages, and you would therefore deserve them. You don’t deserve them, and they can only be received by faith. His grace is amazing.
His gifts are not taken back (Rom 11:29, Num 23:19). God doesn’t give a gift and then take it back. You might relinquish it through unbelief or disobedience, but what God gives He gives. Perhaps you have been doing your own thing for months or years, and you feel like God cannot do anything to help you. Let me tell you, God hasn’t moved – you have. His will and destiny for you has not changed. He hasn’t revoked the gifts He’s given you. Surrender to His will, and use your gifts for His glory. He still has a plan for you!
His gifts are to be shared (1Pt 4:10). His greatest gift, eternal life, is to be shared with others. That is called the great commission. The gifts of the Spirit (1Cor 12), the motivational gifts (Rom 12), and the ministry gifts (Eph 4), are all for other people to be blessed by. We aren’t to hoard up God’s gifts, but we are to share them with others. As we continuously give out, God continuously fills us, and there is an abundance. However, if there is a block to the flow, it can kill the body. Think about a heart attack. When the blood is continually pumping, it carries nutrients and oxygen over all the body. But if it gets blocked, it does major damage. Don’t block the flow! Be a giver! Don’t be a Scrooge!
What are some of God’s other gifts? There is the gift of righteousness (Rom 5:17). There are monetary gifts, which God gives through other people (2Cor 8:4, Philp 4:17). There is the gift of celibacy (1Cor 7:7). Though all can and should remain celibate until marriage, there are those given this gift of God for life. The Holy Spirit Himself is called a gift (Act 2:38, 10:45, Lk 11:13).
But the greatest gift of all, is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom 6:23). If we knew God’s gift and how marvelous it is, we would ask for it, and receive living water (Jn 4:10). The gift of eternal life; righteousness; forgiveness of sins – is freely given by God’s grace. One only has to believe it, confess it and receive it. Below is a list of Scriptures declaring the simple message of the Gospel.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. 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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore, If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new. Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. Have a very Merry Christmas!