A Musing on the Concept of Giving

The concept of giving is all over the Bible…

Before the creation of the world, God the Father graciously chose a people and gave them to His Son to be His Bride, Church, Sheep, Portion, and Treasure.

This hell-deserving mass of people were given grace in Christ Jesus before the ages began.

In time, the Father gave His Son to a sinful world.

A young virgin conceived and gave birth to this Son.

When the fullness of time had come, the Son gave His life as ransom for many, for those whom the Father had given Him.

On the cross, the Son drained the cup of wrath and vengeance that His Father had given Him to drink.

After draining this cup, He bowed His head and gave up His Spirit.

Three days later, God raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory.

As a result of the Son’s work of redemption, the Father put all things under His feet and gave Him as head over all things to the Church.

After the Son’s resurrection and ascension, the Father gave the fullness of the Holy Spirit to His Church on the day of Pentecost.

God entrusted the gospel to His Church, yes, He gave us the ministry of reconciliation.

Christ gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up His body.

God gives His servants power and boldness to preach His gospel.

As the gospel is given to the lost, the Holy Spirit regenerates those who were appointed to eternal life…all those whom the Father chose and gave to His Son.

It is the Spirit who gives life to those who are dead in sin.

He gives them new hearts and new spirits…an entirely new nature.

He gives them repentance, a changed mind, to turn away from sin and lawlessness.

He gives them faith to believe in His Son.

As a result of this sovereign, irresistible call, these chosen ones give themselves over to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Those who come to Him are given rest for their souls.

The Son gives His people living water to drink and be satisfied so that they never thirst again.

As the Good Shepherd, the Son gives His sheep eternal life. They will never perish.

He gives His people peace.

As the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom He will.

We give praise to the God whose plan will not be frustrated or thwarted, knowing that all that the Father gives to Son will come to Him.

They boast not in their so-called freewill, wisdom, works, or anything else…they give all the glory to the Triune God for their salvation.

The time is coming when the sea will give up the dead who are in it. Death and Hades will give up the dead who are in them, and they will be judged, each one of them, according to what they have done.

God will give to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.

Each one of us will give an account of our lives to God. No creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

As you read this, God is presently giving you life, breath, and time to repent and give Him glory. Now is your chance to flee into the gracious arms of His Son to be saved from the wrath to come.

So rejoice and exult and give God the glory! Let us give thanks to our God always because of the grace He has given us in Christ Jesus!