Every Good Gift Comes from God

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

James 1:17-18

It is impossible for God to give us bad things. The gifts from God will always be good. There are numerous promises of God in the Bible, which are meant for those who love Him, those who follow His Word and believe Him. If these good gifts do not reach our hands, it is not because God changed His mind, but because we do not do our part. It will always be God’s will for the well-being of His children.

The first good gift that comes from God is salvation, of which Ephesians 2:8 says, For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Salvation is something we cannot do for ourselves, but a gift that comes from God. And this gift opens the doors to the other gifts, such as the gift of righteousness of which Romans 5:17 speaks, For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

Being unjust because of our sins, God justifies us by faith in His Son. And makes us partakers of communion with Himself by giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit, as Acts 2:38 tells us, Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. And having the Holy Spirit in us, the spiritual gifts that are described in detail in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 come to us with Him.

God does not change, as James says about Him: with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. So He expects that when we receive His call and the gifts He gives us, we will accept them and walk in that direction from that time forward. This is borne out by the Word in Romans 11:29: For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. If we have been delivered from bondage to sin, saved and endowed with spiritual gifts, it is not for us to renounce all that and to return to the old life.

Paul says in 1 Timothy 4:14 that we should not neglect the perfect gift that descends from above, Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Instead of neglecting the gift of God, it is our duty to stir it up, as 2 Timothy 1:6 says, Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

The gifts of God are not to be neglected or used in a selfish way, but are to be used within the body of Christ. Scripture says in 1 Peter 4:10, As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Thus the gifts received serve to edify the church as 1 Corinthians 14:12 says, Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel. If we are blessed with the spiritual gifts, let them not serve as excuses for our ego to inflate, but for us to recognize that they are given by God to enable us in the work of the expansion of His Kingdom. God bless you.

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