God Is A Giver

There is nothing more soul satisfying that to be able to receive from the gracious hand of God. That God the Father would not spare His own Son and with Him graciously give us all things (Ro. 8:32). God is indeed a giver and He keeps on giving to His covenant people. There is nothing, I repeat, nothing as joyful (this side of eternity) than for the sinner to come before the Triune God who is “Holy, Holy, Holy,” with sin tattered rags, aware of his condemnation and poverty, and present himself like the tax collector:

13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted (Lk 18:13-14).” 

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all..(Ro. 8:32)” never turn away such a person. No, He gave His Son for such a people. He placed Christ on the cross and poured His wrath upon Him for sinners. Yes God is a gracious, loving and merciful giver. We must never think that the Father gave the Son to make sinners lovable or even in order to love us. No, the Father gave the Son because He loves sinners:

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God (Jn 3:16–19).

Not only did God give us the greatest gift of Himself in coming of Christ but the Lord continues to give to His people. He provides and lavishes His blessings upon them-He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?(Ro 8:31–32).” Our eyes tend to lock on “graciously gives us all things.” But we beeter not miss that prepositional phrase that comes right before it- “with him.” That is all blessings that God gives to His covenant people come by, from, though and with Christ. Christ is our inheritance. God gives and He gives through Christ. Whether the blessings be understood in the eschaton (end of the age or in our glorified state) or material  here and now (which I believe the passage includes both with the thrust in the eschaton) one cannot receive them apart from Christ. When you turn to the pages of the Word of God you do so to seek Christ and He is our greatest blessing, yet when you encounter Him you find all other blessings.

There is another way in which God is a giver but isn’t as popular. God is a giver of justice. That is to say He will judge the unbelieving godless. He will give them there just due. The next time that Christ, the Lamb of God, returns He returns as Christ the Warrior King ready to give His justice upon His enemies- Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end (Re 22:12–13).” He will give His justice and in doing so He will demonstrate His holiness and righteousness.

The Christ- rejecters will get what they have boasted of. They will have it their way- without Christ and in their lawlessness. They have boasted in their accomplishments, lawlessness, righteousness, “good-works,” and that is to trample underfoot the cross of Christ. The next time the Lord comes He will bring with Him His recompense and the lawless shall stand before the Lawgiver to receive His wrath, for He will give it.

When God gives His justice it is no pretty picture and when He does so He does is without any regrets or remorse:

2 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. 2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. 3 Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 

6 He will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality (Ro 2:1–11). 

God is indeed a giver of love, mercy grace and righteousness, justice and judgment. The question then becomes what shall you receive from the hand of God? Will you receive the gift of Christ who embodies all those things? Will you repent and believe in Him? Will you Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him (Ps 2:12).” Or will you receive from Him, yourself, His  justice and judgment? Dare you think you can reject and scorn the Son of God and not endure His wrath? There is only one hope for you- repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ!

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