Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning
Today’s Morsel: Christmas is a time of sharing and giving gifts. The giving of gifts extends back into the Book of Genesis. When a man wanted to marry a daughter, he brought gifts to the father. Many of the principles and practices that we do today, when it comes to giving, are handed to us from times past, and many are based on biblical principles. Even Solomon, the wisest man, said that a gift given in secret pacifies anger (Proverbs 21:14). The wise men were the ones who brought gifts to Jesus. What is it about gifts? Why do we give gifts at birthdays and at Christmas time? Because it’s a part of sharing with others what we have. It is a principle of giving.
James told us that every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from God. The best gift, the perfect gift, comes from God. Paul said, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: but all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will” (I Corinthians 12:1-11). They are of the Spirit. God is good, and God is perfect. Have you received that good and perfect gift? If not, Peter told you how you can receive it. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:38-39). The Holy Ghost is the good and perfect gift because it is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Sing: Immanuel, Immanuel, His name is called Immanuel. God with us, revealed in us. His name is called Immanuel.