The Gift

Dec. 25, 2016 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

There are traditional reasons to celebrate Christmas, and then there are the real reasons. There is nothing wrong with the trees, lights, gifts, and family traditions, but, if we are not careful, we can find ourselves not feeling “the Christmas spirit.” We who have been born again can sense this Spirit every day of our lives, because He lives inside us. We celebrate Christmas because, until Jesus came, we were all in bondage and destined for hell. The Law of Moses was given because of sin, but man could not keep it and was headed for eternal death. When God sent His Son in fleshly form to set us free, He presented to us the greatest gift of all.

A. God sent us His Son as an undeserved, unmerited gift to free us from sin and death.
  1. While Joseph was thinking these things, an angel appeared to him and told him not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife. The angel said she shall have a son, and you will call him Jesus, and he will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:20, 21).
    1. God chose to show us favor by coming to earth in human form, to save us from death.
    2. He gave us a gift, but no gift is ours until we receive it.
  2. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23).
    1. Not only do we live forever because of this gift, but we also receive the eternal life of God.
    2. Sin employs us like soldiers, and its reward is death. God gifts us with the highest quality of life, and has wrapped it up in Christ Jesus.
    3. The devil actually tries to get us to keep the Law, because he knows that when we try, we will fail. But without the Law, sin is dead (Romans 7:8).
    4. Without the Law, sin has no opportunity in our lives. The strength of sin is the Law (1 Corinthians 15:56). Therefore, the strength of righteousness is grace.
  3. Death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned like Adam. Through the offense of one many are dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which by one man, Jesus, abounded unto many (Romans 5:14-17).
    1. The gift of righteousness that God gave us is free, unmerited, and undeserved.
    2. Refusing to receive this gift, or trying to earn it, is actually an insult to the Giver.
  4. He who did not spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how will he not with him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32). e willH
    1. The gift of righteousness is free to us, but it cost God a great deal.
    2. To get this gift to work for us, all we need to do is to be aware that it exists, and get it on our minds. It all starts with believing right. We do not have to work for it.
    3. When we receive it, we will no longer want to keep sinning. Even when we do sin, our identity in Christ will not change. We will still be the righteousness of God, because our identity is not based on what we do.
    4. Once we are born again, we will never lose this gift. It enables us to reign like kings. Just like a king making a decree, whenever we declare something, it will come to pass (Job 22:28).
B. Jesus is the Gift that liberated us from the Law of Moses, giving us life instead of death.
  1. The god of this world has blinded the minds of them who do not believe, lest the light of the Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, shine unto them. We have this treasure in ourselves, that the excellency of the power may be of God, not us (2 Corinthians 4:4, 7).
    1. The devil does not want people to understand the Gospel message about the free gift. He would rather have them believe the religious message that says they must work for it.
    2. Spiritual blindness to what Christ did for us is the biggest issue in the church today. It is true bondage to be in the light, but not to be able to see it.
  2. The Gospel is the grace of God. Comparing and contrasting passages in the books of Isaiah and Luke show us that the same message that was given in the Old Testament was also given in the New Testament.
    1. The spirit of the Lord God is on me, because the Lord has appointed me to preach good tidings to the meek. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, the opening of the prison to those who are bound, and proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord (Isaiah 61:1, 2).
    2. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, preach deliverance to the captives, the recovering of sight to the blind, set at liberty those who are bruised, and preach the acceptable year of the Lord (Luke 4:18, 19).
  3. The opening of the prison can be compared to the recovery of sight for the blind.
    1. The Hebrew word for “opening the prison” is the same as “opening the eyes.”
    2. When our eyes are opened to Jesus, we will no longer be held captive to performance-based religion.
  4. The king of Syria sent horses, chariots, and a great host, and they came by night and encompassed the city. When the servant of the man of God looked out, he saw them, and he asked what to do. The man of God said fear not, they who are with us are greater than those who are with them. Elisha prayed that God would open the servant’s eyes. When He did, the servant saw that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire around Elisha (2 Kings 6:14-17).
    1. Sometimes, we have to open our eyes to see the truth. At first, Elisha’s servant only saw the temporary reality of the earth, but Elisha saw eternal reality.
    2. The realm of grace is eternal. We think differently when we see this.
  5. I pray that God gives you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, that the eyes of your understanding be enlightened, and that you may know the exceeding greatness of his power to us who believe (Ephesians 1:16-19).
    1. We must believe the gift is ours. Once we believe, we will receive it, and it will transform us.

Scripture References

Matthew 1:20, 21

Job 22:28

Romans 6:23

2 Corinthians 4:4, 7

Romans 7:8

Isaiah 61:1, 2

1 Corinthians 15:56

Romans 5:14-17

Romans 8:32  

Luke 4:18, 19

2 Kings 6:14-17

Ephesians 1:16-19

 

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