The Gift Who give Himself

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

“…His only begotten Son…” His Son, Whom He has appointed heir of all things, through Whom also He made the worlds; Who being the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him and He is before all things and in Him all things consist. In Whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

His Son … the Word, Who was in the beginning, the Word Who was with God, and was God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. God gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. His Son, Whom He sent forth in the fullness of time, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

This Son also give Himself for us: He gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.  For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. He gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.  Unlike the other high priests, He does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for His own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when He offered Himself… He was not a forced sacrifice, an unwilling, reluctant offering. When He came into the world, He said, “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me.  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure.  Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come— In the volume of the book it is written of Me— To do Your will, O God.”

He was the Gift Who give Himself. O come let us adore Him!

(Scripture references: Colossians 4:3-5; Galatians 1:4; 1Timothy 2:5-6; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 7:27; Hebrews 10:5-7)

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