Text of the week

Thanks be to God for his indescribable (generosity too wonderful for words, a priceless) gift! (2 Corinthians 9 verse 15)

Most of us are shopping for our loved ones’ gifts between now and Christmas Day.

If it’s a costly item then a good guarantee is a must.

Guarantees last for a year; a year later the guarantee ends, unless you’ve paid extra for an extension.

After receiving a gift, an appreciative thank you is normal.

Eventually our gift can become old or out of fashion or just obsolete.

Our lives don’t have a guaranteed lifespan; thankfully many people are living beyond three score year and ten. Some believe and are trusting that when one dies that’s it, into nothingness.

Sad! Our text tells of a different kind of gift. A gift when received, does not have a time limit but is eternal and is indescribably generous.

Romans 6: 23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ

our Lord”. The person who offers this free gift, guarantees eternal life because he is the Almighty God, who always fulfils his promises.

At Christmas time and throughout the year this gift is received by believing in Jesus Christ.

Trusting that he died in our place on the cross taking our sin; giving us eternal life to spend with Him in heaven for eternity.

When received then it can be said, ‘His gift, no language can praise it enough!’ In 1st Peter 1:4 it’s called, “an inheritance which can never perish, spoil or fade”.

Martin Jones

Church Elder, Olivet Church, Falkirk