The Gifts of Christ

Note:  this    was the  first  article   that  I wrote.  It was written in  September of  1975–

            “And my God shall supply every need of yours according to His  riches in Glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).

Most  everyone likes to receive gifts, I  enjoy  receiving  gifts from my  loved ones. Knowing that they were given in love adds  to the  blessing. Love is  one of the  greatest  experiences  that the Father  has  given  to us. However, no matter  how  precious our love  for others is, it  cannot compare  with the love of God. Here are  some  instances of the love of God:

  • John 3:16 – The Love the Father  had for the  Son.
  • Romans  5:8 – The  Love  of Christ  for  mankind in their sinful condition.
  • Ephesians 5:25 – The Love  Christ  has  for the  Church.

We can  share in  heavenly  gifts. If we come in faith to the  Lord Jesus Christ we  can be  partakers  of the  joys  of Christian living. Here are  a few of the  dividends  we  reap trough  trusting in Jesus.

Eternal Life: In Christ we receive eternal life, and the key  word is  life. Every  person is  an  eternal being. You will spend eternity in either  Heaven or  Hell. But if you have  been  born  again you have  eternal life with the Lord in Heaven. We  know that  Christ  came to give us a richer  life (John 10:10).

PRAISE GOD THAT HE LOVES US  SO MUCH!

Spiritual Food: By a careful study of the Word, we see that  Christ is our spiritual food. Just as  we  need food to survive in this world, the  child of God also needs food to  live by. Some folks can not  see the need for this  type of food. Isn’t it great that we have ben given the  privilege  to study the thoughts of the  True and Living God as He has revealed Himself through the inspired writers. This food gives us strength for our spiritual being and fuel for our journey through this life (1 John 5:20). What the manna was  to the Children of Israel in the wilderness, Christ is to His  redeemed during  their  journey here  awaiting the day “when we shall be like Him” (1 John 3:2)

The Word  of God: The  great  evangelist of a  bygone era, George Whitefield once asked a coal miner in Cornwall, England  what  he  believed. “Oh,” said he, “I believe what my church believes,” Whitefield  then  inquired, And, what  does  your  church believe?”  “Well,” he answered,  “My church believes what I  believe.” Seeing he was getting nowhere, Whitefield then asked, “What do you both believe?” The  coal miner  answered, “We both believe the same thing.”

This sort of unintelligent faith is pathetic and only  brings forth error. Each  Christian should have an  unshakable faith in the Bible. The Holy Scripture are another of the  benefits of the Christian life. We should have a desire to let God speak to us in this manner. Dr. George Sweeting, President of Moody Bible Institute, speaking at the  1975 Founders Week on the  Bible said the  following: “This  book is the  unchangable, unshakable, unmistakable Word  of God, and you dare not  neglect it. Think of it! Not  man’s word, but God’s Word! If the Lord came  personally  to you, would  you  ignore Him? Today you stand  before the Bible as one  stands before a  beautiful cathedral. You will never know its glory till you enter.”

The Bible is the love letter of  God  to  us. Jesus is  coming “soon.” We have the   promises to  read, love, cherish and refer to  till Jesus comes for His own. Our  prayer  should be that of the  Apostle Paul in  1 Cor. 16:22: “If  any man love not the  Lord, let  him be  anathema. MARANATHA!” We have the promise of His coming in the  Word of God and it is  our privilege  to have the Bible.

These are  but a few of the  gifts  we receive.  Christians  must desire  all that  God has  for us.  He  has  given us  EVERY spiritual blessing. We must use these spiritual  blessings to grow in Jesus and to help others in their walk for the Lord.  Maranatha! (1 Cor. 16:22)

-Larry Miles, September  1975

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