Friday, June 30, 2017

"Freely Given" Part 5 - Himself

"Freely Given"   

Part 5 - Himself
     "Freely ye have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:8).   
     "He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:32).
    "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God" (I Corinthians 2:12).
    "His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue" (II Peter 1:3).

    The heart of the innumerable "freely given" blessings provided by God in the Lord Jesus Christ is Himself.  "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" (I Corinthians 3:16).  The Holy Spirit inhabited us when we trusted in Christ, thus providing the living and literal presence of God as the "unspeakable gift" of the most undeserved grace.  "I will dwell in them and walk in them" (II Corinthians 6:16).

   Our Heavenly Father created us to serve as the "habitation of God through the Spirit" (Ephesians 2:22).  Sin made this an impossibility until the Lord Jesus Christ died and rose again to grant pardon and newness of life to all who believe.  The experience of God's wrath and abandonment by the Lord Jesus on the cross - "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" purchased the eternally abiding presence of God in our hearts - "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee" (Matthew 27:46; Hebrews 13:5).  Nothing we can conceive compares with so wondrous a gift, freely given to us, but secured by a price beyond all imagining (II Corinthians 9:15).  At Calvary, the heart of Christ was emptied of His Father and the Holy Spirit's loving presence in order that our hearts might be forever filled with the grace of not merely God's good gifts, but of the Giver Himself.  "I have declared unto them Thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them" (John 17:26).
    We presently experience the magnitude of such freely given favor in limited fashion.  "We see through a glass, darkly."  One day, however, we will see our Lord "face to face."  In that moment, we shall "know even as we are known" (I Corinthians 13:12).  The Gift will be far more realized, and then eternity will impart to us the ever growing experience of "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27).  Presently, "we walk by faith, not by sight" as we trust in the truth of the indwelling presence of God Himself (II Corinthians 5:7).  We often don't feel it, the gift sometimes seems to be absent, and we may not live as if our Lord abides within us.  He does, however, if we have been born of the Holy Spirit through faith in the Lord Jesus.  The freely given presence of God abides, regardless of our awareness or experience.  Thus we seek to know our Lord better and better in order to avail ourselves more and more of a grace that defies comprehension.  Again, through Christ, God gave to us Himself when we believed.  No other bestowal compares, and no other realization more equips us to live in accordance with our Heavenly Father's grace and truth "freely given" and "freely received."

"Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying Abba Father."
(Galatians 4:6)

Weekly Memory Verse 
    Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
(Proverbs 17:28)

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