Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Christmas 2009 Special. From the cradle to the Cross, to the Church.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Gifts, especially surprise gifts, are absolutely self-gratifying and self-rewarding.

ISA 55:8-9, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. For {as} the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

JOH 1:14, And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

ISA 9:6, For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

ACT 20:35b, Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

A surprise of an answered prayer.
A surprise of a healed body, after a lengthy sickness.

JAM 1:17, Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.

This means even in His giving, there is no shadow cast upon Him for our frequent turnings.

We may
turn away from Him,
We may
run against Him.
We may even
run from Him,
but down from heaven come the gifts.

2CO 9:15, Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

So he uses the adjective anekdiegetos indescribable,
which is probably the only one that would fit.

2CO 9:15, Now thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling [His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]! AMP

He went from commanding angels to sleeping in straw.

PSA 91:11, “For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.”

From holding stars to clutching Mary’s finger. The palm that held the universe took the nail of a soldier.

In the ancient world, presents were given to the king before he saw those who wished to approach his throne.

The real story is found in a dialogue between God the Father, and God the Son on the first Christmas,
HEB 10:5-10.

Sacrifices and offerings refer to the ritual plan of God for the dispensation of Israel, teaching Christology and soteriology by analogy.

He had to become the lamb of God and true humanity,
PHI 2:7-8; COL 1:22;
1PE 2:24; 1PE 3:18.

PHI 2:5, Keep on thinking this [doctrine] within yourselves which was also resident in Christ Jesus,

PHI 2:6, who although He preexisted in the essence of God, did not think equality with God a gain to be seized,

PHI 2:7, but He deprived Himself of the proper function of deity when He had received the form of a servant and was born in the likeness of men.

PHI 2:8, In fact, although having being discovered in outward appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of spiritual death, that is the death of the Cross.

HEB 10:7, “Behold, I have arrived in history (in a scroll of a book [Old Testament] it stands written about Me) to accomplish Your will, O God.”

The first Christmas Eve was the beginning of the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union, called the First Advent.

Then our Lord recognized the validity of the Old Testament Scripture,
“I have arrived to accomplish Your will, O God.”

Our Lord had a personal sense of destiny on the first Christmas Eve when the uncertainties of history were about to reach a new high.

The very fact that you’re alive and have received at least forty things at salvation means you have a destiny.

The very fact that God has promised that to those who love Him, He works all things together for good, means you have a destiny. A second part of the birthday present or the exchanging of gifts that was given to us is found in the presentation of the Cross. Everything from the Old Testament points toward Him and most of the things in the New Testament look back on Him.

Among the Jews, as well as among the Romans, crucifixion was considered the most horrible form of death, to a Jew it was the most horrible form of cursing, DEU 21:23.

DEU 21:23, For he who is hanged is accursed of God.
ISA 53:10, But the Lord was pleased To crush Him, putting {Him} to grief; If He would render Himself {as} a guilt offering, He will see {His} offspring, He will prolong {His} days, And the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.

After the cradle and the Cross, we have the Church. God established the church based upon the giving of gifts.

1. Efficacious grace
2. Sealing of the Holy Spirit.
3. Eternal inheritance
4. Regeneration
5. Eternal Life

6. Imputed Righteousness
7. Justification
8. Reconciliation
9. Propitiation
10. Unlimited Atonement
11. Redemption
12. Baptism-the Holy Spirit
13. New Spiritual Species
14. Royal family of God
15. Equal Privilege and Equal Opportunity

16. Positional Sanctification
17. Assets of Election
18. Assets of Predestination
19. Universal Priesthood
20. Royal Ambassadorship
21. The Indwelling of God the Father.
22. The Indwelling of God the Son.
23. The Indwelling of God the Holy Spirit
24. The Unique Availability of Divine Power,
25. The Unique PPOG

26. Filling of the Spirit.
27. Distribution of Spiritual Gifts.
28. No Judgment
29. Delivered from the kingdom of Satan,
30. Transferred into the kingdom of God.
31. A gift from God the Father to God the Son,
32. Delivered from the power of OSN
33. Given access to God
34. All scar tissue is removed from the soul.
35. The recipients of escrow blessings.

36. We are on a secure, immovable foundation
37. Related to the Son by biblical analogy.
38. Recipients of eternal security.
39. The guarantee of a resurrection body
40. The beneficiaries of everything we need to solve every problem in life

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