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Looking for the Perfect Gift?

Posted by Bola Egunjobi on December 2, 2007

Jesus: “Yahweh is Salvation”

As I sat in church this morning receiving my weekly dose of spiritual motivation, I knew that I was going to write a summary of today’s message for my blog. We are into the last few weeks before Christmas 2007, and the church that I attend – Peterborough Community Church (PCC) – has started a series on the names of Jesus.

Today’s message looked at the name Jesus, which means “Yahweh is Salvation“. Isn’t he the Perfect Gift?

An angel of the Lord said to Joseph about his wife Mary: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)

LET’S CELEBRATE GOD’S PERFECT GIFT

These are just some of the many things that the New Testament letter to the Romans says that Jesus gives to us:

  1. Righteousness from God
    He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Romans 4:25)
     
  2. Peace with God
    Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1)
     
  3. Access to God
    Through [him] we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand” (Romans 5:2)
     
  4. Hope in God
    And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of  God” (Romans 5:2)
     
  5. Love from God
    And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us” (Romans 5:5)
     
  6. Acceptance with God
    Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him” (Romans 5:9)
     
  7. Authority in God
    Those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17)
     
  8. Life from God
    Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6:4)
     
  9. Freedom in God
    You have been set free from sin and become slaves to righteousness” (Romans 6:18)
     
  10. Destiny in God
    For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23)
     
  11. Confidence before God
    “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1)
     
  12. Power from God
    And if the Spirit of Him who raised Christ from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bones through His Spirit, who lives in you” (Romans 8:11)
     
  13. Relationship with God
    The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Romans 8:16)
     
  14. Inheritance in God
    We are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17)
     
  15. Abundance from God
    He who did not spare His own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will He not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
     
  16. Victory through God
    We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37)
     
  17. Security in God
    For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

LET’S SHARE GOD’S PERFECT GIFT WITH OTHERS

The first thing Andrew did [after finding where Jesus lived] was to find his [own] brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.” (John 1:41-42) 

The gift of having Jesus Christ in our lives is a perfect one. And worthy of celebration. But let’s not keep this wonderful gift to ourselves. Let’s share God’s perfect gift with others, especially at Christmastime.

We must:

  1. Go to them
  2. Tell them
  3. Bring them
  4. Care for them
  5. Pray for them.

Peterborough Community Church is holding a special Christmas celebration at its home in Kingsgate Peterborough on Saturday 15th December and Sunday 16th December. If you are in or near Peterborough (UK) on these days why not join us to celebrate the Perfect Gift? You are very welcome to attend any one of the 4 services that will be run over these 2 days.

Write a comment on this post if you would like to receive an invitation. (Mark your comment “Private” if you don’t want it to be published here – I review all comments before they are published.) Similarly, write a comment if you stumbled upon this post and you just want to say “Hello” or anything else that comes to mind.

Have a blessed day.
Bola Egunjobi.

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2 Responses to “Looking for the Perfect Gift?”

  1. Children of Promise

    “Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise”.

    {Galatians 4 v 28}.

    When God looks at this old world, He no longer looks upon it like He did in the days before His only Son was crucified at Calvary. For Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary gave birth to the new covenant or testament, which He wrote on the hearts of men who accepted Christ as Lord and Saviour. No longer does He see tribes and races of people as such, for now because of Christ’s sacrifice He sees only the children of promise and the children of the bound. Let me explain, God states clearly in scripture that the children of God are those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, regardless of race or gender, they are the children of God, yes the children of promise. You see it is written, “And if ye be Christ’s then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to promise”, {Galatians 3 v 29}.

    Abraham had two sons, one by a bondwoman called Agar, and another by a freewoman called Sarah, as it is written, now these two sons represents the two covenants. The first son Ishmael of the bondwoman represented Jerusalem, which is now in bondage, which also represents the old covenant, but the freewoman’s son Isaac represents the heavenly Jerusalem, which is the new covenant. All God’s people are one in Christ Jesus, who are under the new covenant. Under this covenant there is no longer Jew, Gentile, slave or free, men or women, for we are all one in Christ. “For ye are all the children of promise by faith in Christ Jesus”,
    {Galatians 3 v 26}.
    Now God’s plan for the people of Israel is the same plan which He is using for the whole world, and that is that we must all repent and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. There is no other plan for salvation, only through Jesus. Who was crucified for our sins and rose again for our justification, and who is alive forever more. Praise be the wonderful name of Jesus. As it is written, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”, {Acts 4 v 12}.

    As Isaac was, so are we the children of promise, no matter what nation we are from, God considers us all equal and precious in His sight. So precious are we that He sacrificed His only Son for each and everyone of us. So, let us all stand together as, the children of promise. I would like to state that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and many more in Israel are likened unto an olive tree which also represents the children of promise. We who believe are grafted into that tree, and so we become one with them, and are known as the true Israel of today. Now today there are still people in Israel who are chosen by God according to election of grace who will be grafted back into the olive tree, which represents the children of promise.

    We must pray for them, that they will see Jesus, for it is written, “ There shall come out of Zion the deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: for this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins”, {Romans 11 v 26 & 27}
    So dear saints, let us always pray and standby Israel, for I believe that there are many yet to come to know Jesus as their true Messiah. God bless Israel.

  2. tinagrove said

    I just thank God for the wonderful things that he is doing in our lives everyday.
    I see more and more of Jesus in you everyday

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