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Generous

The God Who Gives Generously

These last 2 weeks, I have been reading the book of Ephesians. This book has been working my heart. I discovered in it a God who is generous, someone who gives abundantly and what is best because He is not limited by anything. He “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms” (Chap. 1) and  “is so rich in mercy and grace (Chap. 2). This mercy and grace He showed were so exceptional that God almighty points to us/Ephesians as reference/living proofs/evidence of his kindness. Paul described it as such: “So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.”

Rebels, blasphemers, enemies of God and great sinners as us, humans, were shown grace and mercy. When angels in heaven see what God did for us sinners, it is something amazing. The fallen angels did not have a savior. What could God get by showing grace and mercy to humans? Nothing. There must be a crazy reason which will make the Holy God of heaven do all this for humanity. This reason is love. Love can push a person doing incredible things. Can you imagine God almighty sending the darling of heaven to die like a criminal on earth? Yeah God the Father sent God the Son because this was the only way to restore this communion with mankind. This Jesus who is worshiped since eternity past as the Holy God by mighty angels, left his glorious throne to become like us humans and die. Oh, were not the angels of heaven hurt when we humans insulted and made the glorious Lord suffer? Were not they reasoning like James and John saying “Lord, should we call down fire from heaven to burn them up” Luke 9:54.
But no, it was God’s rescue plan. Jesus came for this very reason, to spare the human race from God’s wrath. Yeah He came to give us the chance to get right with God. This was God’s generous gift, the Son. If God had to prove His love to us humans, He would point to His Son.

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Rom 5:8

He so loved the world, that He gave His Son(John 3:16). Not just a Son He was, He is God Himself. God Himself came.

So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.For he said to God,

“I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters.I will praise you among your assembled people.”He also said,“I will put my trust in him,”that is, “I and the children God has given me.”Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.

We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham. Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters,so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people.” Hebrews 2:11-17

Jesus Christ presents Himself before the mighty God of heaven. He alone can come before God’s throne and say “Look Father, these are my brothers and sisters whom I have redeemed”. Since we have a sinful nature and we were damned for destruction, the Holy God of heaven could not have fellowship with us rebels. Is there a man on earth who is worthy to intercede and pledge for grace on our behalf? None! All are sinners. Abraham interceded for Lot so that the latter could escape destruction. But there was no one on earth who could intercede for Abraham’s sinful nature. So God sent a man Jesus. But did this man have the credentials to present Himself before God’s throne and act as an advocate? Was He righteous, perfect and had God’s respect? God could not send an angel. Even angels sin and cannot stand before the Holy One of heaven.

Only the Lamb of God has the credentials:

And I saw a strong angel, who shouted with a loud voice: “Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll and open it?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll and read it.Then I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll and read it. But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne,has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.”Then I saw a Lamb that looked as if it had been slaughtered, but it was now standing between the throne and the four living beings and among the twenty-four elders.” Rev 5:2-6

This man known on earth as Jesus, is known in heaven as the Son of God. The 24 elders and the mighty 4 living creatures fell down and worship Him!

“And they sang a new song with these words:“You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.And you have caused them to become a Kingdom of priests for our God. And they will reign on the earth….

And the four living beings said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb.”

So God gave the best He had to save us. He gave His Son, Emmanuel. God Himself came, He was with us. Let us for a while consider this great gift God gave. This is why we call Jesus the Great High Priest. Jesus is the bridge between humanity and God. He is the mediator and our point of contact to the Holy God. No one come to the Father except through Him. It also occurs that this mediator happened to be God.

The Son gave humans gifts and ministries. God generously poured out His blessings and His Spirit on us. He made us a kingdom of priests.
He gave us His Joy, His Peace, divine wisdom, a heavenly place and great promises. Jesus still generously shows grace to the sick and send deliverance on the captives.

God so loved that He gave. Love is giving and God generously gave what He loved most, the Son. When God gives, He gives what overflows. God is rich and not limited. Remember the fish and bread which Jesus multiplied until anyone had enough to eat? Remember the oil and flour which remained for a long time for the widow of Sarepta? Remember the wine which filled as much recipients which were available? It is also what Jesus said in John 7:  “Jesus stood up and spoke in a loud voice. He said, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Does anyone believe in me? Then, just as Scripture says, streams of living water will flow from inside him.”

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ” Ephesians 1:3

However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. That is why the Scriptures say,“When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.” Eph 4:7

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking” James 1:5

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life

Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.But—“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love,he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.” Titus 3:3-8

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Posted August 15, 2012 by Cedric in Theology

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  1. IT IS NO ACCIDENT THAT GOD HAD YOU AS MY INTERPRETER ON THE 1ST MONDAY ON THE MISSION FIELD. I THANK GOD FOR YOU, FOR YOUR CALLING BY GOD, FOR YOUR OBEDIENCE TO THE CALLING, TO PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST. THE HOPE AND THE GLORY RESURRECTION POWER THE MYSTERY AND THE SECRET CHRIST IN YOU!

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