The God who Gives & Gives & Gives

Our God is a God who gives and gives and gives.  ‘For God so loved the world that HE GAVE….’

As Dr. Luke continues in this opening paragraph of Acts, he reminds Theophilus of three more gifts given by God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  He has already noted that God the Son, Jesus Christ, gave instructions through the Holy Spirit.

  1. “…He gave many convincing proofs that He was alive.”  Only believers witnessed the risen Christ.  To them He gave many convincing proofs.  I Corinthians 15 documents Paul’s account of the multitude of appearances to individuals and groups.
  2. “…He gave them this command…”  The teaching of Jesus is a remarkable blend of commands and promises.  The commands (Do this…) always rest on the promises (I have done this for you…)   God provides for us generously.  e.g. “We love Him BECAUSE HE FIRST loved us….”
  3. “…the gift My Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.”  The Father had promised to send the Spirit.  Jesus spent extensive time teaching about the Spirit’s work in John 14-17 during His final discourse in the Upper Room.  Now the time for God to keep that promise was at hand.

Our God gives gifts–those that are good and necessary for life and godliness.  Have you received His gifts? Have you thanked Him for these generous provisions?

I conclude this post with an old hymn and the story behind it…  You may find the link at TanBible.com

I Gave My Life For Thee

       Frances Ridley Havergal wrote one of her most famous poems while she was in Dusseldorf, Germany.

       She had gone to Germany to do some specialized study. While there, she saw a copy of Sternburg’s great painting: The CRUCIFIXION. The title above the picture was, All this I did for thee; what has thou done for Me?

       Inspired by the probing question, she wrote her famous poem, I Gave My Life for Thee. But she was not happy with the poem and threw it into the fire, but a draft blew the paper out of the fire and onto the hearth. Feeling that this might have been Providential, Miss Havergal took the slightly-scorched paper, folded it, and sent it to her father in England.

       He composed a tune to match the words and had it published. However, the tune we now use with this superb poem was written years later by P. P. Bliss, an associate of D. L. Moody.

I Gave My Life

            

(1) I gave My life for Thee, My precious blood I shed,

That thou might’st ransomed be, And quickened from the head;

I gave, I gave My life for thee-What hast thou giv’n for Me?

I gave, I gave My life for thee-What hast thou giv’n for Me?

             

(2) My father’s house of light, My glory circled throne,

I left, for earthly night, For wand’rings sad and lone;

I left, I left it all for thee-Hast thou left aught for Me?

I left, I left it all for thee-Hast Thou left aught for Me?

             

(3) I suffered much for thee, More than the tongue can tell,

Of bitt’rest agony, To rescue thee from hell;

I’ve borne, I’ve borne it all for thee-What hast thou borne for Me?

I’ve borne, I’ve borne it all for thee-What hast thou borne for Me?

             

(4) And I have brought to thee, Down from My home above,

Salvation full and free, My pardon and My love;

I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee-What hast thou brought to Me?

I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee-What hast thou brought to Me?

 

 

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