Summary: The greatest blessing that we enjoy is the gift of our redemption through Jesus Christ. Paul refers to it as God’s “unspeakable” or “indescribable” gift, gift that we can never fully comprehend but for which we should be eternally thankful.
There is so much for which you and I should be thankful. Great and manifold are the blessings that God showers down upon us every day of our lives. Everyday ought to be a day of thanksgiving for what God does and has done in our lives. The greatest blessing that we enjoy is the gift of our redemption through Jesus Christ. Paul refers to it as God’s “unspeakable” or “indescribable” gift, gift that we can never fully comprehend but for which we should be eternally thankful. It is unspeakable because…
I. It is a gift that you and I do not deserve
A. Before receiving this gift the Bible declares that we were in open rebellion to and at odds with God.
B. Ecclesiastes 7:29 “Lo, this only have I found: that God hath made man upright, but they have sought out many inventions."
C. Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
D. The human condition can be compared to a drop of poison in a glass of water: all the water is poisoned but it is not as bad as it could be. The water is incapable of being good. No matter how good we may believe ourselves to be; we too, are incapable of really being good.
E. We are unworthy of salvation, we are unworthy of God's love, we are unworthy of God’s mercy. The only thing even that we are worthy of is God’s wrath, and hell. Yet unworthy as we are, for those of us who have received His gracious gift, God has saved us from that which we deserved to have that which we do not deserve.
F. Christ died for completely unworthy people. It is the truth to the words in the song written by John Newton Amazing Grace. “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.” It is unfathomable that he would die for rotten people, “wretches” like you and me. – Randy Alcorn, Unworthy of the Cross.
II. It is a gift that we in our own strength are incapable of receiving.
A. Colossians 2:13 “you, being dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses”
B. 1 Corinthians 2:14 “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
C. Ephesians 2:1-2 “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.
D. Titus 3:5 “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit”
III. It is a costly gift you and I could never pay for and was not paid for with money
A. 1 Peter 1:18-19 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot”
B. 1 Corinthians 6:20 sates that we “have been bought with a price”
C. That price which purchased this gift was paid to God in order to meet the exact the demands of His righteousness. The human blood of the Eternal Son of God was poured out in full payment as the ransom price of our eternal redemption.
D. "Redemption! What a glorious plan;
How suited to our need!
The grace that raises fallen man,
'Tis wonderful indeed!
Twas Wisdom formed the vast design,
To ransom us when lost;
And love's unfathomable mine,
Provided all the cost.
Strict Justice, with approving look,
The holy covenant sealed;
And Truth and Power undertook
The whole should be fulfilled.
Truth, Wisdom, Justice, Power and Love,
In all their glory shone;
When Jesus left the courts above,
And died to save his own." – copied
E. It was a gift of unspeakable sacrifice
F. 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
IV. It is a gift you and I never can lose or have taken back
A. Once you receive this Gift, you will never lose it.
B. Romans 11:29 “for the gifts and calling of God are without repentance,” which means that God never regrets or reverses that He has given this unspeakable gift.