So if you sinful people 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.”
Luke 11:13 (NLT)
Note from Kip…
Gifts! We all enjoy giving and receiving them. No matter what the gift may be, the simple act of providing something for someone that has a significance is a strong demonstration of love.
This isn’t necessarily in reference to a Birthday, Christmas, or other holiday gift that there is almost a dictate by tradition to provide. Although those gift giving occasions can and do result in the giving of such gifts of love.
A gift of love has come from the heart of the give to the heart of the receiver. There are two conveyances involve in the act. The first is the gift itself. But the other is the love, care, and nurturing motivation for the act of giving it.
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.“
John 3:16 (HCSB)
This is perhaps the sing most anticipated gift of all time and is the hallmark of all gifts. God, in loving us, put great through into what we needed to have if we were to be redeemed. He did this before the sin in the Garden of Eden that separated us from the com munition that He had intended with us.
Love so rampant, persistent, and relentless; that it has endured generation to generation. Till that day came when He sent His Son to go and die in our place to purchase that redemption.
We Christians and often many of those who don’t follow Christ Jesus; consider how Jesus suffered on the cross of Calvary for us. But I don’t think many of us consider the giver of that Gift in the act of sacrifice that Jesus did for us.
The Father, who knew no separation from His Son; knew exactly what He was sending His Son Jesus to accomplish. He already felt the pain of separation from His only child as the star hung over the little city of Bethlehem.
But this was necessary for both Him and His Son, in order to redeem that which sin had driven a division from them. The creation, you and I; our redemption was that Gift. Purchased at so great a price.
The full impact of the cost of this gift was realized when Jesus cried out from the cross “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?”, as Jesus felt the separation from God the Father for the first time ever. In that moment the sin of the world was place on Jesus as He became sin for us.
The Father felt that too. Every bit as much as Jesus did. In that moment, the Trinity was impacted in whole by the acute pain of separation of itself, as the transaction was made that would bring the creation back to them, through the grace that was forged in that moment in time.
Grace that was just as relentless as the love that purchased it.
So, God’s only Son would no longer be the only Son. But rather that through the spiritual adoption we could become His Children as well.
But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:12-13 (HCSB)
The Other Major Gift
That Gift was fantastic! It provided for us a way that we could enter God’s family as His Children. It opened the door for us to be redeemed by His Son Jesus Christ!
But at the same time, we were given a welcoming gift as we enter God family that is equally fantastic.
We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.
Acts 5:32 (HCSB)
I said, equally fantastic and I would imagine that this raised an eyebrow or two. But this gift of adoption; the Holy Spirit, transforms our being from constantly seeking to be in the presence of God; to a life where the presence of God is living in us.
The cost of redemption through Jesus was massive. The cost of the gift of the Holy Spirit might be considered on a similar level from a cost standpoint and our need for it.
Granted, if we didn’t have salvation, there would be no need for us to have The Spirit living in us. But once that adoption took place, we were still in the flesh and prone to failure to act in obedience to God’s will.
In addition to that, we were blinded by our sin and unable to comprehend the things of God, so The Spirit is there to teach us.
On top of that, we often fail in the area of communication with God. The Holy Spirit taken on that role as well, interpreting our garbled mutterings into a sweet dialog with the Father.
From a cost standpoint, I would imagine that every time we succumb to sin that it pains the Holy Spirit greatly. This pain is felt by Jesus and the Father. So the accumulative suffering we place on them may well be on par with the separation of Christ Jesus from the Trinity.
I don’t think we could ever say one way or another. That may be one of the billions up on billions of answers we’ll get when we’ve gotten home to be with them eternally.
Until then this gift of God’s Spirit lives in us. And we abide in it. Till our Big Brother Jesus comes to take us home.
Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive.
Colossians 3:12-13 (HCSB)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel,, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith,, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.
Romans 1:16-17 (HCSB)
Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus,, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
Romans 8:1-2 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
This is just a little reminder for today, and everyday! And no, He’s not kidding!
Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (HCSB)
My soul, praise Yahweh, and all that is within me, praise His holy name.
My soul, praise the Lord, and do not forget all His benefits.
He forgives all your sin; He heals all your diseases.
He redeems your life from the Pit; He crowns you with faithful love and compassion.
He satisfies you with goodness; your youth is renewed like the eagle.
Psalms 103:1-5 (HCSB)
For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one.
Romans 12:3 (HCSB)
I will remember the Lord’s works; yes, I will remember Your ancient wonders. I will reflect on all You have done and meditate on Your actions.
God, Your way is holy. What god is great like God? You are the God who works wonders; You revealed Your strength among the peoples.
With power You redeemed Your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.
Psalms 77:11-15 (HCSB)
No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day.
John 6:44 (HCSB)
There is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away; all alike have become useless. There is no one who does what is good, not even one.
Romans 3:11-12 (HCSB)
You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about Me. And you are not willing to come to Me so that you may have life.
John 5:39-40 (HCSB)
“If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you.“
John 15:18-19 (HCSB)