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A Dominion of Gift

All is gift.

The two greatest works of God are creation and redemption. Both are undeserved, unearned, and un-asked for. Both are givens. Both are gifts. Both gifts establish ways of life that had not previously existed.

More gift than the sun is the Son, and more than breath is His blood, and more than fruit is the indwelling Spirit, and all the good is gift. The central event in human history is gift, from Christ’s coming and through His crucifixion and resurrection. The nature of God is that of generous giver. Paul argues in Romans 8 that if the Father has given His Son, how will He not with the Son graciously give us all things (Romans 8:32)?

These past two-thousand years of church history are a record of how the gospel of Jesus Christ has been leavening the lump of the world. I am not a post-millennialist for a number of reasons, but this does not deny the greater work of God’s gift in Jesus Christ, in the gospel, that has been and is changing the world.

Gift reigns At least we can say that God reigns, who gifted His Son. We can say that Jesus reigns, who gave Himself and then gifts His people with the gift of justification, the gift of sanctification, the gift of His Spirit. Jesus Christ is Dominus, Lord, and His new dominion is a dominion of gift.

From Him and through Him and to Him are all gifts (per Romans 11:36). What do we do with this? We say, Amen! We believe. We receive the gift by faith (as we receive the gift of faith itself), eating and drinking and proclaiming His death until He advents again.