Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift”

(2 Cor.9:15)

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?

A.T. Pate

Psalms 2





Conversion of a Government Official




Acts 8

Seek Ye The Lord


“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call upon

Him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his

Way, and let him return unto the Lord, and he will

Have mercy upon him; and out God, for he will

Abundantly pardon” (Isa. 55:6-7).

Isaiah, God’s noble messenger entreated his people to seek the Lord. To “seek” says Webster, means “to go in search of: to try to reach or come to; to try to acquire.” In order to receive the Father’s richest blessings, there must be a movement Godward on the part of man. There must be a yearning and longing within man to fine God and to gain his good favor. God can be found! He is available to those who diligently seek him

There will come a time when God and His mercy will be unavailable to man. The rich man of Luke 16 is an ex-ample of a man who waited too late to seek the Lord. “In hell he lifted up his eyes being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame” (Luke 16:23-24. But, it was too late to call on the Lord; it was too late to plead for mercy.

Hence, it is most urgent that we seek the Lord while He may be found. “Behold, now is the accepted time; be-hold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2).

“For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that ap-peareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14).

Today is the time for the wicked to forsake his sins and to turn to the Lord. Now is the time for you to surren-der to the will of Christ and become his disciple. One must do the Lord’s work while it is day, “for the night cometh when no man can work” (John 9:4).

Be assured of the divine promise that God will have mercy and will abundantly pardon. “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isa. 1:18).

O, delay not to accept the Savior’s invitation! “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall fine rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

A.T. Pate







I Will Build My Church






Matthew 16:18

Choice Not Chance

One day, while traveling, I noticed along the highway a sign, which deeply impressed me. It read: “CHOICE NOT CHANCE DETERMINES DESTINY.” Man’s destiny is determined by choice and not by chance. Truer words were never spoken!

God has not made man like a robot, with no privilege of making decisions for himself. Rather, God has bestowed upon man the privilege and responsibility of  making choices in life—choices which will determine his eternal destiny.

In the long ago, Moses set the choice of life or death before the Israelites. This grand patriarch of old said to his people: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deut. 30:19).

Clearly the decision of life or death, blessing lay with these wanderers who formerly had been slaves in Egypt.

Later, Joshua, that courageous general of God’s people, laid a similar challenge before Israel. Said he: “Choose ye this day whom ye shall serve; whether the gods of your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15).

Joshua had made his choice. By announcing his decision to serve the Lord, he encouraged the people to do likewise.

Jesus wants us to know that we, too, must make a decision. “He that is not with me,” said the Master, “is against me” (Mt.12:30). There is no middle ground. One must be a friend or a foe of Christ. One must be on the Lord’s side or be numbered with his enemies.

The decision that we must make, with reference to Christ, is most serious and grave, for this choice determines our eternal destiny. After urging us to make Him our choice, Jesus solemnly reminds us that “No man cometh unto the Father but by me” (John 14:6).


A.T. Pate

Be Genuine




1 Samuel 18

Stewardship and Civil Government

Romans 13:1-7

God’s Book

An inquisitive little boy was playing in the living room one day. Pointing to the Bible, He asked his mother, “Is this god’s Book?”  “Why yes, Johnny,” answered his mother, “Why do you ask?”  “Well , Mother, “replied the boy, “We had better send it back to Him, for we never use it.”

The Bible is God’s Book. It is not the product of man’s imagination, but rather the revelation of the mind of God. The Bible is in a class all by itself for the men who recorded its message were guided by “the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven” (1 Peter 1:12).

The Bible makes a claim made by no other book. It claims to be inspired by God or literally “breathed into by God.” “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

Both internal and external evidences abound, making us know that this book is different from all other books and springs from a higher source. Thus Ruskin was constrained to say, “The Bible is the one book to which any thoughtful man may go with any honest question of life and find the answer of God  by earnest searching.”

Many are the tributes to the Bible. One has proclaimed,  “The Bible is the Grand Old Book of the World. It breathes with sympathy, it throbs with energy, it pulsates with power, it vibrates with heavenly harmony, it sparkles with beauty, it thunders with eloquence, it flashes with light divine, it’s veins run crimson with the warm blood of the Son of God, it breathes the fragrance of the Lily of the Valley and the Rose of Sharon.”

In the words of Helen Keller, truly, “The Bible is a book to live with, to think from, and to die by.”



A.T. Pate