We believe that God loves to lavish gifts on His children.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly
lights, who does
not change like shifting shadows.
God’s love always flows bountifully one-way, His gifts always are given freely and
the giver of all good gifts loves to give gifts that are miraculous, prosperous, bring
healing and are
answers to prayers. Gifts that exhibit His sovereignty, not man’s ability.
This is why Isaiah was right Christ’s stripes did indeed purchase the guarantee of
healing for all those
who God chose before the foundation of the world to be his sons and daughters. What
comforting promises did the sovereign God give to Jeremiah for His fellow Jewish
captives that God did
indeed have plans for them, they would prosper, and all would be restored.
Paul and John wrote of promises given by a proactive sovereign God who gives to exhibit
His grace and
mercy. They encouraged their readers and us with the promise of a purchased inheritance.
discovered through the gospel and only fully realized in a time to come.
All who are “In Christ,” are given the same hope of that purchased inheritance.
Nonetheless, all of these
promises must be considered in the following light; Those who wrote these promises were
often in captivity
(Philippians is considered to be the happiest book in the Bible, it was written in
prison.). The captivity
of both old and new testament believers. The suffering of all believers who lived at the
time the promises
were given and those who suffer today. The promise of suffering for all who are in
Christ. That this world
we currently live in is broken, distorted and ruled by another.
All of scripture is one continuous story of redemption of God bringing his chosen close
to him to enjoy
the relationship they were designed to have and to fulfill the purposes they were
created for. On these
grounds these promises are gifted to the entire body of Christ through grace, not merit.
promises are fulfilled, all those “In Christ,” will experience their fulfillment. Nor
will the richness of
them be experienced in individuality but in connection to the body.
The promises of both Old and New Testaments were given to those who had nothing to give,
everything and they were given not for profit, to beat on like a pinata or to hold God
hostage but to
provide hope. These promises of gifts were to increase worship not to bring feelings of
Having enough faith could never bring surety to these promises as no man has ever had
enough faith that he
could place God in his debt. Our faith itself is a gift from God, we don’t create faith.
God totally delights in the giving of good gifts but the greatest gift he gave us was
when he brought us
near, rescued us from the dead, gave us new life, made us joint heirs with Christ and
called us the praise
of his glory. God’s objective through these gifts is the same today as it was then,
scripture says, “all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been
to his purpose,” it is not telling us that God is changing circumstances but that the
restoration God is
doing in us is for our good.
God finds great delight in exemplifying Himself through giving. All that he gives, he
gives to bring glory
to Himself and will share His glory with no one. Anything done in the name of God that
does not leave Him
as the primary focus may simply be signs and wonders empowered by Satan in order to keep
believing in the love of God and discovering deeper truths on the gospel.
The gospel is not made true by signs and wonders but by the death, burial, and
resurrection of Christ.
This is why the gospel is not impotent but powerfully standing alone. The issue for most
believers is that
God is merely a concept that works out their dreams, aspirations, life and agenda. They
have not had a God
encounter but rather have just a God concept.
A concept that comes from the belief in a theology that teaches that within lies the
ability to bring
about God’s promises in life. Such a theology leaves one finding life in the combination
of God and
themselves. Erroneously those holding to these beliefs have been led to believe that
lying within them is
the ability to turn the spicket of God’s blessings wide open based on their performance
or faith. Sadly,
such mistaken beliefs rob them of experiencing that which they are hoping to discover
promise of gifts, His love and grace.
Those who teach such theology place a tremendous burden on the broken and only create
more brokenness. A
theology that places God as an employer paying us with blessings for our obedience or
faith is not only
false but creates a false God, enslaves others and destroys the effectiveness of those
who believe in such
a false gospel. “Reap what you sew,” is karma, not gospel.
A theology that leaves the believer the center of their own universe instead of Christ
has no power within
it at all. The gospel brings good news that tells us that faith places us in the center
of doing God's
will. Only fake news places God in the position of serving us as the bringer of our
dreams, force behind
our life and the one who fulfills our aspirations. It is a shameful thought to think
that we can put the
HOLY God in a position of owing us something, demanding something from Him or placing
expectations on Him
as a result of our performance or having enough faith.
A gospel that does not tell us first of the greatness of God, what he is doing and that
we are merely the
benefactors of that which he is doing to bring praise and glory to Himself is not of the
Bible. The gospel
must always tell us that God is not giving us good gifts because he is making most of us
but that He is
doing all for His sake, purpose and glory. This is why the gospel must always increase
our knowledge and
awe of the one that the angels declared as Holy, Holy, Holy in order that His love
breaks through, overwhelms us and brings us to greater worship in action and word.
Truth is not found in our faith, abilities, understanding or feelings but in the gospel.
circumstances do not make the gospel true. The good gifts that God gives do not make the
gospel true but
only reveal to us how deeply God loves.
For further studies:
Exodus 4:11;9:16 Deuteronomy 6:4-8,30:6;32:29, 2 Samuel 7:23;12:15;18,20-22,Job
23:3,25:11,31:3,103:5,106:7-8,135:7,147:18,138:1-2; Proverbs 16:33; Ecclesiastes
Isaiah 6:1-13,30:8,43:6-7,25,45:7,46:9-12,48:9-11,49:3; Jeremiah 10:23,13:11,14:7,30-34;
Daniel 4:35; Amos 3:6; Matthew 5:16,6:19,24,7:11,8:20,11:29,12:38-39,16:1-4,19:16-30;
Luke 4:8,12:15; John
4:48,9:3,13:32,16:33,17:1; Romans 1:5,16,5:8,8:15,28,9:16-17,22-23,11:36; 1 Corinthians
Corinthians 12:8-10; 2 Corinthians 4:17,12:7; Galatians 3:18,4:13-14;Ephesians
Philippians 1:9-11,29,3:8; Colossians 1:16; 2 Thessalonians 1:9-11; 1Timothy 3:3,6:6-12;
Hebrews 12:28,13:5; 1 Peter 2:12,4:11-19,5:7; James 1:2-4,5:14-16; Revelation 21:3-5