The Greatest Gift

Saturday, Mar. 21

“The greatest thing that God can give us is Himself.”—Doug Burch. This statement in the midst of a study by John Piper really grabbed me. We constantly refer to all the riches poured out on us at the point of conversion and throughout the rest of the sanctifying process, but rarely do we think of the gift of God Himself. Piper brings out that Christ is in us and the Holy Spirit is in us. There is no conflict here because both Christ and the Holy Spirit are included in the “one God” of the trinity. We could also include the Father in that on the same basis. This is awesome and has some huge ramifications. This event—God living in us—is referred to as spirit baptism. We are so totally identified with God that we can never be separated from Him. I like the modern buzz word that pictures the same thing. We are “morphed” with Him. And it’s a final and permanent thing. As Paul says in Rom. 8, we are justified, sanctified and glorified. Then he says in verse 31 “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? After raising the question “Who can separate us from the love of God?” he closes with a rhapsodic paean to answer the question. Paul really caught the magnitude of this gift. And all the other riches that are spoken of in the N.T. stem directly from the gift of God Himself. It can’t get any better than that. We’re not just in “good hands,” we’re in God and He is in us!

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