The Gift That Keeps on Giving

A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

I) INTRODUCTION – IT IS THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. IT IS A TIME OF THE YEAR THAT WE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. WHEN JESUS WAS BORN, KINGS FROM THE EAST CAME BEARING GIFTS OF GOLD, FRANKINCENSE, AND MYRRH. IT HAS BECOME TRADITION AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR TO GIVE GIFTS TO THOSE THAT WE LOVE AND GIFTS TO THOSE THAT ARE LESS FORTUNATE. IT IS ALSO A TIME TO CELEBRATE THE GREATEST GIFT EVER GIVEN; THE GIFT KEEPS ON GIVING!

TEXT: 2CORINTHIANS 9:15 THANKS BE UNTO GOD FOR HIS UNSPEAKABLE GIFT.

II) IT ALL BEGINS WITH JESUS, GOD’S GIFT TO THE WORLD.
A) GOD GIVES US ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH HIS SON; THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
1) JOHN 3:16 FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.
2) ROMANS 6:23 FOR THE WAGES OF SIN [IS] DEATH; BUT THE GIFT OF GOD [IS] ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.
3) JESUS TOLD THE WOMAN AT THE WELL: JOHN 4:10 “…IF THOU KNEWEST THE GIFT OF GOD, AND WHO IT IS THAT SAITH TO THEE, GIVE ME TO DRINK; THOU WOULDEST HAVE ASKED OF HIM, AND HE WOULD HAVE GIVEN THEE LIVING WATER.”
4) JESUS OFFERED THIS GIFT TO THE JEWS: JOHN 6: 32-35: “…MY FATHER GIVETH YOU THE TRUE BREAD FROM HEAVEN. 33 FOR THE BREAD OF GOD IS HE WHICH COMETH DOWN FROM HEAVEN, AND GIVETH LIFE UNTO THE WORLD. 34 THEN SAID THEY UNTO HIM, LORD, EVERMORE GIVE US THIS BREAD. 35 AND JESUS SAID UNTO THEM, I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE: HE THAT COMETH TO ME SHALL NEVER HUNGER; AND HE THAT BELIEVETH ON ME SHALL NEVER THIRST.” HE WAS TALKING ABOUT A SPIRITUAL HUNGER AND A SPIRITUAL THIRST.
5) JESUS PROMISED, “IF WE HUNGER AND THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS WE SHALL BE FILLED.”

III) GOD CONTINUES TO GIVE GIFTS TO US, AS WE DO WITH OUR OWN CHILDREN.
A) GOD DOES NOT WITHHOLD FROM US; HE IS NOT MISERLY OR STINGY: ROMAN 8:31 WHAT SHALL WE THEN SAY TO THESE THINGS? IF GOD [BE] FOR US, WHO [CAN BE] AGAINST US? 32 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?
B) GOD KNOWS WHAT WE NEED AND GIVES WONDERFUL GIFTS OF ETERNAL VALUE:
1) MATTHEW 7:11 IF YE THEN, BEING EVIL, KNOW HOW TO GIVE GOOD GIFTS UNTO YOUR CHILDREN, HOW MUCH MORE SHALL YOUR FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN GIVE GOOD THINGS TO THEM THAT ASK HIM?
2) JAMES 1:17 EVERY GOOD GIFT AND EVERY PERFECT GIFT IS FROM ABOVE, AND COMETH DOWN FROM THE FATHER OF LIGHTS, WITH WHOM IS NO VARIABLENESS, NEITHER SHADOW OF TURNING.
C) JESUS ENCOURAGES US TO ASK HIM, IN JOHN 16:23-24: “…VERILY, VERILY, I SAY UNTO YOU, WHATSOEVER YE SHALL ASK THE FATHER IN MY NAME, HE WILL GIVE [IT] YOU. …ASK, AND YE SHALL RECEIVE, THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE FULL.”
IV)
WHAT ARE SOME OF THESE ADDITIONAL GIFTS GOD HAS FOR US?
A) THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GIVEN WHEN WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE:
1) IT IS A GIFT THAT LEADS US AND GUIDES US AND COMFORTS US: JOHN 14:16 – 18 …I WILL PRAY THE FATHER, AND HE SHALL GIVE YOU ANOTHER COMFORTER, THAT HE MAY ABIDE WITH YOU FOR EVER;17 [EVEN] THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH; WHOM THE WORLD CANNOT RECEIVE, BECAUSE IT SEETH HIM NOT, NEITHER KNOWETH HIM: BUT YE KNOW HIM; FOR HE DWELLETH WITH YOU, AND SHALL BE IN YOU. 18 I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU COMFORTLESS: I WILL COME TO YOU.
2) HOW DO YOU GET THIS INITIAL GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT? ACTS 2:38 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.
B) SCRIPTURE SPEAKS OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS THAT HE HAS FOR US:
1) 1 CORINTHIANS 12:1, 4 – 7 NOW CONCERNING SPIRITUAL [GIFTS], BRETHREN, I WOULD NOT HAVE YOU IGNORANT. 4 NOW THERE ARE DIVERSITIES OF GIFTS, BUT THE SAME SPIRIT. 5 AND THERE ARE DIFFERENCES OF ADMINISTRATIONS, BUT THE SAME LORD. 6 AND THERE ARE DIVERSITIES OF OPERATIONS, BUT IT IS THE SAME GOD WHICH WORKETH ALL IN ALL. 7 BUT THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SPIRIT IS GIVEN TO EVERY MAN TO PROFIT WITHAL.
2) WHAT ARE SOME OF THESE SPIRITUAL GIFTS? 1 CORINTHIANS 12:8 – 10 …TO ONE IS GIVEN BY THE SPIRIT THE WORD OF WISDOM; TO ANOTHER THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE BY THE SAME SPIRIT; 9 TO ANOTHER FAITH BY THE SAME SPIRIT; TO ANOTHER THE GIFTS OF HEALING BY THE SAME SPIRIT; 10 TO ANOTHER THE WORKING OF MIRACLES; TO ANOTHER PROPHECY; TO ANOTHER DISCERNING OF SPIRITS; TO ANOTHER [DIVERS] KINDS OF TONGUES; TO ANOTHER THE INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES:
3) HOW DO WE RECEIVE THESE GIFTS?
(a) 1 CORINTHIANS 12:11 BUT ALL THESE WORKETH THAT ONE AND THE SELFSAME SPIRIT, DIVIDING TO EVERY MAN SEVERALLY AS HE WILL.
(b) HEBREWS 2:4 GOD ALSO BEARING [THEM] WITNESS, BOTH WITH SIGNS AND WONDERS, AND WITH DIVERS MIRACLES, AND GIFTS OF THE HOLY GHOST, ACCORDING TO HIS OWN WILL?

V) SCRIPTURE ALSO SPEAKS OF MINISTRY GIFTS THAT GOD MADE AVAILABLE TO US THROUGH JESUS VICTORY ON THE CROSS:
A) EPHESIANS 4:8 WHEREFORE HE SAITH, WHEN HE ASCENDED UP ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVITY CAPTIVE, AND GAVE GIFTS UNTO MEN.
B) HE GOES ON TO EXPLAIN WHAT THESE GIFTS ARE.
1) EPHESIANS 4:11-12 HE GAVE SOME, APOSTLES; AND SOME, PROPHETS; AND SOME, EVANGELISTS; AND SOME, PASTORS AND TEACHERS; 12 FOR THE PERFECTING OF THE SAINTS, FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY, FOR THE EDIFYING OF THE BODY OF CHRIST:
2) 1 CORINTHIANS 12:28 AND GOD HATH SET SOME IN THE CHURCH, FIRST APOSTLES, SECONDARILY PROPHETS, THIRDLY TEACHERS, AFTER THAT MIRACLES, THEN GIFTS OF HEALINGS, HELPS, GOVERNMENTS, DIVERSITIES OF TONGUES.

VI) WHAT IS GOD WANT US TO DO WITH THESE GIFTS?
A) 1 CORINTHIANS 14:12 EVEN SO YE, FORASMUCH AS YE ARE ZEALOUS OF SPIRITUAL [GIFTS], SEEK THAT YE MAY EXCEL TO THE EDIFYING OF THE CHURCH.
B) EPHESIANS 4:11-12 HE GAVE SOME, APOSTLES; AND SOME, PROPHETS; AND SOME, EVANGELISTS; AND SOME, PASTORS AND TEACHERS; 12 FOR THE PERFECTING OF THE SAINTS, FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY, FOR THE EDIFYING OF THE BODY OF CHRIST:
C) 1 PETER 4:10 AS EVERY MAN HATH RECEIVED THE GIFT, [EVEN SO] MINISTER THE SAME ONE TO ANOTHER, AS GOOD STEWARDS OF THE MANIFOLD GRACE OF GOD.

VII) THESE GIFTS LIKE MANY WE GIVE COME WITH INSTRUCTIONS:
A) THESE GIFTS SHOULD BE DESIRED AND SOUGHT AFTER: 1CO 12:31 BUT COVET EARNESTLY THE BEST GIFTS…
B) THESE GIFTS SHOULD NOT BE NEGLECTED: 1 TIMOTHY 4:14 NEGLECT NOT THE GIFT THAT IS IN THEE, WHICH WAS GIVEN THEE BY PROPHECY, WITH THE LAYING ON OF THE HANDS OF THE PRESBYTERY.
C) THESE GIFTS REQUIRE MAINTENANCE: 2 TIMOTHY 1:6 WHEREFORE I PUT THEE IN REMEMBRANCE THAT THOU STIR UP THE GIFT OF GOD, WHICH IS IN THEE BY THE PUTTING ON OF MY HANDS.

VIII) FINAL THOUGHTS – GOD HAS ALL THESE WONDERFUL GIFTS AVAILABLE TO US, BUT HAVE WE RECEIVED THEM? HAVE WE OPENED THEM? ARE WE USING THEM? NONE OF THESE GIFTS ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL AND UNLESS WE HAVE RECEIVED THE GIFT OF HIS SON, JESUS. HAVE WE BELIEVED ON HIM TO THE SAVING OF OUR SOUL? IF WE HAVE WE WILL FIND HIM TO BE THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING. HE GIVES US THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT AND THE MINISTRY GIFTS. SCRIPTURES ENCOURAGE US TO EARNESTLY DESIRE THESE AND TO ASK FOR THEM. ONCE WE RECEIVE THOSE GIFTS IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE KNOW HOW TO OPERATE IN THOSE GIFTS TO BRING GLORY TO GOD AND TO BUILD HIS CHURCH. 1CO 12:31 BUT COVET EARNESTLY THE BEST GIFTS: AND YET SHOW I UNTO YOU A MORE EXCELLENT WAY. THE GIFTS THAT HE GIVES US ARE DESIGNED TO OPERATE IN LOVE, GOD’S LOVE!

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