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Dr. Timothy Hoflund
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Christ came as God’s gift to mankind to save the world and not be condemned in sin and shame! The Word became flesh and dwelt among us so that, in eternity we can dwell among the Heavenly beings in places prepared for us by Jesus our Lord!
And while the gift of salvation in Christ Jesus is so very wonderful (who could ask for more?) … our Lord did not stop there but as in all things He went beyond measure, beyond what we could even hope to imagine or think to ask!
He GAVE us a part in the inheritance which He could have quite legitimately kept for Himself! He could have said, “I have saved you from punishment and eternal damnation” and we would have lived in the joy of His salvation forevermore satisfied!
But He didn’t stop there … He kept on giving!
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! John 1:12.
He GAVE us His Son and then He GAVE US the power to become HIS SONS!
He gave us salvation and then He gave us the authority of being God’s very children! A position ultimately higher than the angels, lower only than Jesus!
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,” 1 Peter 4:3-4.
Added to this He gave!
He gave us His authority to do what He has commanded that we should accomplish! The authority to even stomp over devils that dare interfere or obstruct our way!
“Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.” Luke 9:1-2
AND TO ALL OF THIS HE ADDED YET MORE!
He gave us His only begotten Son! He gave us the position of being His children! He gave us and eternal inheritance! He gave us His own authority! On top of all this He gave us yet more!
He gave us His precious Holy Ghost!
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 2:38
The power of God’s very presence with us always, even unto the end of the world!
WOW what a package that God did give!
BUT WAIT there is yet more! Just to ensure that God gives us all that He can possible give us as those who have called upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to those who have believed upon Him for salvation who have elected Him as Lord, God declared this ongoing, continuing one more gift!
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” 2 Peter 1:3
The birth of Christ … A package of gifts that comes from Him Who so loved us that He gave His ONLY Begotten Son!
Be so blessed in Christ this day!
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