Thursday, October 30, 2008

Gift of God

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 NIV
Oswald Chambers points out that it is the gift of God, not the gift from God*. I’d never thought of that before. Is the gift God himself? Compare with the following verses (emphases mine):

“...God’ of righteousness....” Romans 5:17
“But each man has his own gift from God....” 1 Corinthians 7:7
“If I have the gift of prophecy....” 1 Corinthians 13:2
“ the gift of God’s grace....” Ephesians 3:7
“ into flame the gift of God....” 2 Timothy 1:6

Gifts of righteousness, prophecy and God’s grace means we’ve been given righteousness, prophecy and God’s grace. Would not “gift of God” mean we’ve been given God himself? If so, what does this mean? What am I doing with this Gift?

Are you the gift, God? You gave your one and only Son. The gift isn’t eternal life as I’ve always thought. That’s merely the outcome. You are the gift! You have given yourself to me and to all mankind—some of us accept the gift of you and some of us spurn it. Father, I want the whole gift, please! I don’t want to miss a single bit of what you want to give me. The gift is huge! There is nothing bigger than you, greater than you, more wonderful than you, more loving, compassionate or powerful than you. You have given yourself. There is nothing more to give. Wow! Thank you, God! So be it.

*“Christian Disciplines, Volume 1” in The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers, page 298.

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