Thursday, December 27, 2007

Gifts!

Last night we had a very impromptu bible study with some friends. The topic was Gifts of the New Testament. I thought it was very fitting, considering that we are in the gift giving season. The main gift we talked about was the Holy Spirit.

We started out in Romans 6:23 and read about the gift of God being eternal life. From there we went to Romans 6:3-4 and read how we receive this new life through baptism.

In Acts 2:38 we read that we obtain the gift of the Holy Spirit at baptism. Acts 5:32 talks about how the gift is the Spirit himself, who intercedes on our behalf (Rom 8:26). We talked about what an intercessor does. It is humbling to know God gives us a gift that speaks on our behalf even when we don't know what our hearts want to say.

Then in I Corinthians 12:4-11 we read how not only is the Holy Spirit himself a gift, but he also is a spiritual gift giver. Paul talks about how the Spirit gives us an inheritance in God's kingdom (Gal. 4:6-7). Gal 3:26-27 speaks of how we become sons of God when we are baptized, and as a result (Eph 1:13-14) we are marked with a seal and that the Spirit is our deposit protecting our inheritance. That seal shows that we are authentically God's.

In a season where I love to give gifts, I am learning that there is no gift greater than that which God has given me. I will never be as thoughtful in my gift-giving as He is.

**Sherry, this one's for you!!! And we didn't have any fun. We sat around with pouty faces talking about how it is no fun without you!

6 comments:

Lisa said...

yeah, it was miserable.

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Sarah said...

Sherry, did I mention that we sat in ashes and sackcloth in addition to the pouty faces??? Well, we did...and it was sad!

Lisa said...

so . . . so very sad

cemotosnack said...

I commented on here yesterday but it disappeared. Very strange!

I mainly just wanted to tell Sherry that it was a horrible night, I'm glad she didn't have to be there.

Sherry Fisher said...

Yall are hilarious!!

I'm back home...THANK YOU LORD!!
Padre was nice, but my heart wanted desperately to be at the Open.

Sounds like a horrible Bible study...glad I didn't have to learn about that stuff ;-)

Looking VERY forward to the next time we are together!!