“THREE GIFTS YOU WILL NEVER RETURN.”

Matthew 2:1-11

Roy Cordle

Jan. 6, 2008 P.M.

 

 

There is an additional verse of Scripture I want to read as I begin this message.  It is found in James 1:17:

          “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.’

                                                James 1:17.

  

The passage of Scripture from Matthew 2:1-11 indicates that the wise men (magi) are presenting their gifts to the “Gift Of ALL Gifts”, the Lord Jesus Christ.

  

Listen Again To John 3:16 as though you were hearing it for the very first time:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

  

Illustration.

        During the Christmas season and often into the New Year we find ourselves returning gifts to the stores where they were purchased.  The lines are usually long as other customers return their gifts.

        Sometimes the gift is the wrong size;  sometimes it is the wrong color;  sometimes it is broken or it won’t work.

 

With that thought in mind I want to preach on “Three Gifts You Will Never Return.” 

 

 

I.          FIRST:  YOU WILL NEVER WANT TO RETURN THE GIFT OF SALVATION.

 

Romans 5:15-18:

        (15) But not as the offence, so also is the free gift.  For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

          (16) And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift of many offences unto justification.

          (17) For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one;  much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.

          (18) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation;  even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.” 

 

A.               SALVATION IS A GRACE GIFT.  II IS UNDESERVED. 

 

Romans 5:21:  “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”

  

B.               SALVATION IS THE GREAT GIFT.  IT IS UNEQUALLED.

 

Ephesians 2:8:  “For by grace are ye saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God.” 

 

SALVATION IS A GIFT YOU WILL NEVER RETURN.

 

I have never met a person who regretted getting saved.

I have met many persons who said, “Preacher, I Wish I Had Gotten Saved A Long Time Ago.”  Amen.

 

SALVATION IS A GIFT YOU WILL NEVER RETURN.

 

II.          SECOND:  EVERLASTING LIFE IS A GIFT YOU WILL NEVER RETURN.

 

A.               EVERLASTING LIFE IS A PERSONAL GIFT RECEIVED IN THIS LIFE.

 

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

 

Illustration.

        A gem dealer was strolling the aisles at the Tuscon Gem and Mineral Show when he noticed a blue-violet stone the size and shape of a potato.  He looked it over, and then, as calmly as possible, asked the vendor, “You want $15 for this?”

        The seller, realizing the rock wasn’t as pretty as others in the bin, lowered the price to $10.

        The stone has since been certified as a 1,905 carat natural star sapphire, about 800 carats larger than the largest stone of its kind.

        It was appraised at $4.28 million.

It took a lover of stones to recognize the sapphire’s worth.

          It took a Lover Of Souls, the Lord Jesus Christ, to recognize the true value of ordinary-looking people like us.

 

THE LOVE GOD HAS FOR US IS SUMMARIZED IN JOHN 3:16.

 

Illustration.

        Gaylord Kambarami, the General Secretary of the Bible Society in Zimbabwe, tried to give a New Testament to a very belligerent man.  The man insisted he would roll the pages and use them to make cigarettes.

        Mr. Kambarami said, “I understand that, but at least promise to read the page of the New Testament before you smoke it.”  The man agreed, and the two went their separate ways.

        Fifteen years later, the two men met at a Methodist convention in Zimbabwe.  The Scripture smoking pagan had found Christ and was not a ‘full-time’ evangelist.

        He told the audience, “I smoked Matthew and I smoked Mark and I smoked Luke.  But when I got to John 3:16, I couldn’t smoke anymore

        My life was changed from the moment.

 

AREN’T YOU GLAD GOD’S BOOK IS MORE THAN JUST WORDS ON PAPER?

 

LET’S PUT THE MAGNIFYING GLASS ON GOD’S LOVE AS IT IS DESCRIBED IN JOHN 3:16.

 

1.          GOD’S LOVE IS EXPRESSIVE IN IT’S ACTION – “FOR GOD SO LOVED.”

 

The Greatest Lover Of All Lovers Is Found In John 3:16.

 

THE LEGISLATIVE WORK OF GOD – is summed up in the Ten Commandments.

 

THE REDEMPTIVE WORK OF GOD – is summed up in John 3:16.  Ten of the most powerful words you will ever hear in your entire life are found in John 3:16.

 

Illustration.

        In the December 4, 1989, issue of Newsweek magazine, there was an article about a little known mental disorder called “erotomania.”

        It is a mental illness in which a person has the delusion that he or she is the object of someone’s love.  Some imagine love affairs that continue for years, yet it all exists only in the imagination of the sufferer.

        The title of the article was, “The Delusions of Love.”  While romantic love may have many delusions, THERE IS NO DELUSION ABOUT GOD’S LOVE.  GOD LOVES YOU!

 

2.          GOD’S LOVE IS EXTRAORDINARY IN ITS CHOICE “THE WORLD.”

 

Notice What and Who The Word “World” Includes:

*                    It includes the unlovable and the unlovely.

*                    It includes those whose hearts burn in love for Him and also those hearts who spurn Him.

 

God Loves Each One Of Us As If There Was Only One Of Us To Love.

 

In fact, there is nothing you can do to make God love you more than He loves you right now!

 

The world (people) yearns to be loved, but does not realize how much the Lord loves them.

 

That’s why You and I must share with them and sow the Word in their hearts and tell them about John 3:16.

 

3.          GOD’S LOVE IS EXPENSIVE IN ITS SACRIFICE – “HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON.”

 

“GAVE” – refers to Calvary!

 

AT CALVARY:

        God Spared Not His Best.

        God Gave His All.

        God Gave His Best.

        God Gave His Only Begotten Son.

 

GOD HAS NO PLANS, NO PROGRAMS, AND NO PURPOSE FOR THE WORLD IN TIME OR IN ETERNITY THAT DOES NOT CENTER AROUND HIS SON JESUS CHRIST.

 

4.          GOD’S LOVE IS EXTENSIVE IN ITS OFFER – “THAT WHOSOEVER.”

 

Romans 10:13:  “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Amen.

 

5.          GOD’S LOVE IS EXCLUSIVE IN ITS BESTOWMENT – “BELIEVETH IN HIM.”

 

Eternal Life – is God’s gift received by believing in Him.

 

It is not based on Wealth,  Strength,  or  Might,  but by believing in Him.

 

6.          GOD’S LOVE IS EXCEPTIONAL IN ITS WORK – “SHALL NOT PERISH.”

 

The word “perish” does not mean “annihilation,” but a final destiny or ruin in Hell.

 

God’s Atonement Is Not Limited.  It Is For The Entire World.

 

Our Individual Responsibility Is To Put Our Faith In Jesus Christ For Eternal Life.

 

7.          GOD’S LOVE IS ETERNAL IN ITS BLESSEDNESS – “BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.”

 

The Gospel begins with One who had no beginning – Jesus Christ – and it ends with that which has no ending – everlasting life.

 

B.               THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE IS RECEIVED IN THIS LIFE AND WILL BE ENJOYED IN OUR RESURRECTION LIFE.

 

Revelation 21:4:  “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;  and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:  for the former things are passed away.”

 

THINK ABOUT IT:  NO MORE SICKNESS.

 

THINK ABOUT IT:  NO MORE SUFFERING.

 

THINK ABOUT IT:  NO MORE SORROWING.

 

THINK ABOUT IT:  NO MORE SADNESS.

 

THINK ABOUT IT:  NO MORE SEPARATION.

 

YOU WILL NEVER RETURN THE GIFT OF EVERLASTING LIFE.

 

III.    A THIRD GIFT YOU WILL NEVER RETURN:  YOUR HOME IN HEAVEN.

 

John 14:1-3: 

        “Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me.

          In my Father’s house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.

          And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.”

 

JOHN 14:1 GIVES US COMFORT AND A CHALLENGE.

 

The word “troubled” means “agitated,  shaken,  stressed out,  worried,  or  restless.”

 

God does not want a bunch of “stressed out, worry warts.”

 

The Greek word for “troubled” ( tar-as-s0) was used:

        To describe the stirring up of the mind\

        To describe the clouding of a pool of water

        To describe the throwing of an army into disorder

        To describe a government plagued by chaos

 

A.               HEAVEN IS A PREPARED PLACE.

 

Have you ever stopped to put Genesis Chapter One in the same sentence with the New Testament where it says, “Jesus Was A Carpenter?”

 

“Prepare” means “to make ready.”

 

Hebrews 6:20 refers to Jesus as “The Forerunner.”

The word “Forerunner” comes from the Greek word “prodromos.”

 

In The Roman Army – the “prodromoi” were reconnaissance troops that made sure the trail was safe and secure for the army to follow.

 

On The Waterfront – the ships in the harbors had “pilot boats” called “prodromos,” that went first into the harbors to make them safe for the  ships.

 

IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE -  JESUS HAS BLAZED THE WAY TO HEAVEN FOR US AND IT IS SAFE FOR US TO FOLLOW HIM ALL THE WAY.

 

Hebrews 11:16:  “But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly:  wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God:  for He hath prepared for them a city.”

 

B.               HEAVEN IS A POPULATED PLACE.

 

C.               HEAVEN IS A PROTECTED PLACE.

  

D.               HEAVEN IS A PRAISING PLACE.

  

E.                HEAVEN IS A PERFECT PLACE.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

YOU WILL NEVER WANT TO RETURN THE GIFT OF SALVATION.

 

YOU WILL NEVER WANT TO RETURN THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE.

 

YOU WILL NEVER WANT TO RETURN THE GIFT OF A HOME IN HEAVEN.

 

IT ALL BEGINS WITH SALVATION.

 

 

 




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