DECEMBER 15 “A Gift Beyond Description” 2 Corinthians 9:15
In 2 Cor. 9:15 there is a short verse, only 8 words long. The apostle Paul under the direction of God the Holy Spirit writes this, “Thanks be unto God for His indescribable gift.”
In chapter 9 Paul at first is writing about human gifts. Then he shifts his attention from human gifts to God’s Gift of sending Jesus to earth for us. He simply says, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.”
So, Why does Paul call Jesus “indescribable?” I think that there are at least 4 reasons.
First, Paul calls Jesus “indescribable” BECAUSE OF HIS NATURE:
- How do you describe Jesus? How do you describe a baby born of a virgin? How do you describe God in flesh, walking upon our earth & reaching out to the hurting masses of humanity?
Isaiah said He would be called Emanuel, “God With Us.” How do you describe that?
- How do you describe that which is Spirit when all we have ever known is that which is either physical or material? The Temporal Cannot Describe the ETERNAL!
- How do you describe God who has all knowledge? Who is All Powerful? Who is Eternal?
Paul says that we can’t…Words Aren’t Adequate. The Council of Chalcedon in 451 A.D. The greatest theological minds of the time came together & tried to describe Jesus.
Here is their description: “Perfect in Godhead & also Perfect in Manhood. Truly man of a reasonable, rational soul & body. Consubstantial [Same Substance-Essence] with the Father according to the manhood. In all things like unto us without sin. Begotten before all ages of the Father according to the Godhead. And in these latter times for us & for our salvation, born of the virgin Mary & of the mother of God.
In-confusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably & the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved.” JESUS WAS BOTH GOD AND MAN! EMMANUELLE!
Man’s Best Attempt to Describe the Indescribable…Still Falls Short!!! Even when we bring together our greatest minds & our most extensive vocabularies, we cannot adequately describe Jesus.
Secondly, BECAUSE OF HIS PURPOSE IN COMING TO EARTH
- Paul called Jesus indescribable because of His purpose in coming to earth.
- The angels announced to the shepherds, “Unto you is born this day in the City of David, a Savior who is Christ the Lord.”
- At Christmas…We celebrate the fact that Jesus came into our world to save us.
- In Gen 3 God Declared that mankind needed Saving…He saw man’s inhumanity to his fellow man. And the hopes of world peace will Not be realized because the nature of man has not changed.
When God looked at our world He knew that our greatest need is not for more wealth, nor better schools, not even a better welfare system. Our greatest need is for a Savior.
There will never be peace on earth until men and women have been lifted out of their sin, & their hearts changed…their way of thinking changed…And that will Only Happen When They INVITE JESUS to Come into Their Lives and be their Savior!
How do you describe that? How do you put into words what God accomplished when He sent His only begotten Son into the world?
I think that Jesus, God’s gift, is indescribable because…First because of His nature. Then…Because of His purpose in coming to earth. Thirdly, because of the Grace by which Jesus is Given.
I heard a pastor once say that every gift that he gives at Christmas will be given because the recipient of that gift has some claim on him He said, You might not like that idea, but that is as frank as I know how to be.
- I’ll buy a gift for my wife because she is my wife.
- I’ll buy gifts for my children because they are my children.
- I’ll buy gifts for my grandchildren because they’re my grandchildren.
- I’ll buy gifts for family members because they are family.
He Continued…If I give a gift to feed the hungry, or clothe the naked or to take care of the homeless, I do it because down deep inside I recognize that I have a debt to humanity, a feeling of obligation to them.
KEY! What Makes God’s Gift So Special Is That He Doesn’t Owe Us Anything!
Paul says something remarkable in Romans 5:8 He says, But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. MY WORDS, “While we were yet in our sin, while we were yet the enemies of God, Christ died on the cross for us.”
- God gives a gift, not because He feels “obligated to give a gift” but because His love is so overwhelming. It’s a Gift of Grace.
- Whenever you stop at the manger at Bethlehem and look at the Christ child, you must realize that He is a gift of grace. (Unmerited Favor of God!)
- There are No words adequate enough to describe God’s grace towards us in Jesus.
Lastly: God’s Gift to Us is indescribable…BECAUSE OF HIS EFFECT ON US
The Bible teaches that when we accept Jesus, the indescribable gift of God…We will Never be the same again because of how He affects our life.
The first effect of Jesus coming into our life & our obedience to Him is that We are Forgiven of Our Sins!
And When God Forgives Us Our Sins…He Forgets Them. He Remembers them NO MORE.
- Before, you accept God’s Free Gift, You’re a foreigner, an alien, separated from God.
- BUT…When you accept Jesus as Your Savior, You’re adopted into His family & guaranteed citizenship in His kingdom Forever!
When you accept Jesus…You receive the “Indescribable Gift” of His Holy Spirit to live within you…And From that Day Forward…He will Guide, Counsel, Protect & Empower You!
You are also given His Peace, “the peace that passes all understanding”. Phil 4:7
- Peace that allows you to cope with everyday situations.
When You Accept Jesus a Your Savior, Your Mansion in Heaven is Paid For…An Indescribable dwelling place that will last for all eternity.
The apostle Paul looked at Jesus & said, “I can’t describe Him…All I can do is fall on my knees & thank God for His indescribable gift.”
That’s what we need to do at Christmas time, too, to fall on our knees & thank God for His indescribable gift.
POINT: I Can’t Describe God’s Gift…But I Will Be Thankful For It!