“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift”
With his mind focused on Jesus and his heart overflowing with adoring gratitude, Paul gives thanks to God for his inexpressible gift of Christ, who is able to save all men and bring them together in one church. The gospel, which Paul preached and which Jesus wants proclaimed throughout the whole world, is the “good news” of God’s unspeakable gift.
Let us notice three great truths:
1. Christ is a Gift. The Scriptures speak of God’s “unspeakable gift”. It is a gift, not a loan. It is a gift, not a purchase. The thought of Christ as God’s gift to men pervades the New Testament. “He gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16). “He spared not his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all” (Rom. 8:32).
2. Christ is the Best Gift. “Every good and every perfect gift is from above…” (James 1:17), but towering above all God’s gifts is the gift of His Son. In this gift we see love at its ultimate. “For God so loved the world…” (John 3:16). Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us …” (1 John 4:10).
3. Christ is a Gift Given to All People. At the birth of Jesus the angel of the Lord announced: “I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people” (Luke 2:10). The great invitation is extended to all “that labor and are heavy laden…” (Mt. 11:28). Indeed, Christ is the remedy and the atonement for our sins, “and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world”(1 John 2:2).
Praise God for His unspeakable, inexpressible and incomparable Gift! And, because we have freely received, may we freely give and share this great Gift with others. What better gift could one give than a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ?