Christmas is full of wonderful things. Time with family & friends. Delicious cookies. Beautiful lights. And, of course, gifts. For many people, Christmas is a time to gather with others to give and receive gifts of all kinds—from toy trucks to gift cards to t-shirts that we’ll never wear—no doubt; this Christmas will be full of gifts.
The Apostle Paul knew a thing or two about gifts. In 2 Corinthians 9, Paul is urging the church at Corinth to be a generous people for the sake of the gospel by reminding them of the generosity of God’s grace towards us in Christ. And as he is reminding them of God’s grace in the gospel, he writes, v.15, “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” It’s as if Paul, upon reflecting on Jesus coming to save sinners, sat back in his chair and said in amazement: Thank You, God, for this gift!
To say that God’s love for us in Christ is inexpressible is to say that there will never be a day when it will cease to amaze those who know it.
How great is this gift, you ask? It is “inexpressible,” which tells us two things about God’s love for us in Christ:
1. It never runs out.
The word “inexpressible” literally means, “beyond comprehension.” He uses this language again when he writes to the Ephesians in Ephesians 3:19 prays that they might know, “the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.” In other words, if the gospel were a body of water, Paul says, “You can swim as far down as you can, but you’ll never reach the bottom.” That is how great God’s love for us is. And that is the very gift that those of us in Christ have received—God’s inexpressible love.
2. It never grows old.
To say that God’s love for us in Christ is inexpressible is to say that there will never be a day when it will cease to amaze those who know it. This isn’t true of any gift you and I have ever received. Food eventually expires. Clothes shrink and fade over time. Toys get dull and boring. But those in Christ have God’s love—a gift that will never grow old. Such that ten thousand years we will still be saying with the Apostle Paul, “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”
This Christmas, celebrate the only gift that never runs out and never grows old. The very gift that we will be talking about for all eternity—that Jesus saves sinners. So, may God bless you this Christmas season as you reflect on God’s inexpressible gift. Merry Christmas!