October 29, 2011 No Comments
Hands down, the God of the Bible is the most generous being in the universe. He loves to give good gifts to his children.
For example, The Holy Spirit is a gift from the Father in response to Jesus’s prayer. “I will ask the Father,” Jesus says, “and he will give you another Counselor” (John 14:15).
James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.”
Of course, virtually everyone has heard of God’s generous love expressed this way in John 3:16: “He gave his one and only Son.”
But he also gave us his Holy Spirit.
In a parable about prayer, Jesus mentions how willing the Father is to give away the Holy Spirit. Luke 11:13 says, “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”
There’s a lot behind those words “how much more.” The Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit is no small matter. Jesus suffered a grueling death on the cross so that we could live and have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. That’s how willing the Father is to give us the Holy Spirit.
Acts 11:45 says, “The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles.” The Jews were blown away that the Gentiles also received the Holy Spirit.
Think of the most incredible gift you could receive, multiply it by ten billion, and you might come close to understanding how precious the gift of the Holy Spirit is.