Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.– 2 Corinthians 9:15
The capstone of the Christian life is found in thanksgiving to the Lord. There s much to be thankful for; family, friends, jobs, cars, etc. Yet there is one thing that is so immense, so awesome, so incredible and so delightful, that the Apostle Paul calls it “unspeakable.”
What is this gift that is so incredible that it is unspeakable, or indescribable?
It is the gift of God’s dear Son, Jesus Christ, who came to earth, lived the life of a man, was beaten and put to death on behalf of a sinful human race! Yes, He took on the wrath of His Father to satisfy the judgment that we all deserved.
Earlier in Paul’s Second Epistle to the Corinthians, he said this of the “unspeakable gift:”
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. – 2 Corinthians 5:21
Yes, Jesus became everything that God despised when He went to the Cross. He took on the sin of every person ever. He also took upon Himself His Father’s wrath for those sins.
Possibly, the most known single verse in the Bible is John 3:16. In it we find the greatest Truth ever in the world:
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. – John 3:16
Yet, two verses later is a warning for those who do not believe the Good News:
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. – John 3:18
For the unbeliever – Receive this unspeakable / indescribable gift. Your eternal life depends on it. Or else, the judgment of God rests upon you.
For the believer – Relish the gift of salvation which you have received. Your eternal life has been secured by believing the Gospel. Now, you can live a life of thanksgiving based on what has been accomplished on your behalf. You do not have to grope through the darkness in order to find peace, joy, and happiness.
Jesus IS your peace, joy, and happiness!
Note for the believer: Paul penned this verse at the end of 2 Corinthians 8 and 9, which deal with true Christian giving. True Christian “anything” is based on the finished work of Christ! Enjoy it!