“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of Lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).
Gifts: (Gr. Dosis, from Didomi): a giving, to bestow or grant
Good: (Gr. Agathos): well, beneficial, beautiful, valuable, virtuous in appearance and use
The Father gives, bestows and grants His favor out of the purity of Heavenly Light. Out of the Divine Light from above comes forth the rare beauty of virtue that is of great value and benefit; that brings wholeness, wellness to the Body of Christ. In this brilliance of Light there is no variableness, no changing of the mind; it is fixed, permanent and steadfast without variation.
The Father gives, bestows and grants His favor from His own will, or own good pleasure. It was out of His own will that “He begat us with the Word of Truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures” (James 1:18).
First Fruits: (Gr. aparche): a compound from apo and archomai: before, to commence in the order of time. A beginning of sacrifice.
Giving is a form of sacrifice; we give of that which we have in possession. The act of giving is a sacrificial release of possession to another to whom we wish to show favor, blessing, kindness and goodness from our own free will. The Father is a Gift Giver and His Gifts are Good and Perfect; they are given in sacrificial Love from above.
It is in the Nature of the Father to Sacrifice. We see this manifested from the days of Abel. “And Abel also brought of the firstfruits of his sheep, and of the fat of them, and the LORD had respect unto Abel, and to his offering” (Genesis 4:4). We see this manifested in the Son, as we look to “Jesus, the Mediator of the New Covenant and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel” (Hebrews 12:24). The Gift of the Father is always sacrificial; and the sacrificial gift offered to the Father is acceptable in His sight.
“I beseech you, therefore, Brethren by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service of worship” (Romans 12:1).
The Gift of the Father comes from above. Jesus said, “I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him Who sent Me” (John 6:38). The will of the Father is sacrifice, and the offering up of His Son in sacrifice is the Atonement for the sins of the whole world. The Gift of the Father is unchanging; it is an eternal offering, once for all.
What is a Gift, if it is not received. It lays under the Tree unclaimed. Your Gift of Eternal Life is under the Tree with your name on it. Receive it today.
“Behold, what manner of Love the Father has Bestowed upon us, that we should be called the Sons of God. . .” (I John 3:1a).
The beautiful gift of Sonship, born again by the Word of Truth, offered back to God in like manner as a sacrificial gift, a “living sacrifice, holy and acceptable” in union with Him Who offered Himself for us: the circle is complete. The Gift of the Father is fulfilled in purpose by the good pleasure of His will.