Lesson 142—December 18, 2016
His Indescribable Gift
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:15
Lesson Goal: To better understand the ultimate Christmas gift.
Introduction: Have you ever received a gift that was so wonderful it was literally indescribable? As you tried to express your excitement, appreciation and gratitude you said something like: “I just don’t have the words to adequately describe how I feel.” If that has ever happened to you, you know a little of how the Apostle Paul felt when he wrote 2 Corinthians 9:15. Please read this verse again.
Verse 15 begins with something very much like a shout of hallelujah praise. Paul’s exclamation: “Thanks be to God!” is not a casual or lighthearted remark. These words are a declaration of praise and thanksgiving, expressing the most sincere pronouncement possible—Thanks be to God!
In the seemingly simple words, “Thanks be to God,” we see a fountain flowing with words of doxology (meaning “praise to God”):
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below,
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
* How do you express your praise to God?
* How does our personal, private praise affect our public collective praise?
* Please finish the following statement.
Praise is the result of
In the second portion of verse 15, we find the reason for the Apostle Paul’s great testimony of thanksgiving and praise: “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” We should read this verse in connection with 2 Corinthians 8:9. Please read.
The indescribable gift of which Paul writes is the gift of God’s own Son. Please read John 3:16. Now carefully, slowly, and prayerfully read it again listening, hearing, and receiving each word. Worship Him as you read these wonderful words of life.
We cannot fully comprehend or appreciate the blessed fact that God gave. Think on the truth that God gave. Pray on and over the truth that God gave. Literally speak aloud the word of truth God gave. Meditate on the truth that God gave. With the help of the Spirit, say the words—God gave.
Prayerfully contemplate these questions.
1. Why would God give?
2. Why would God, the Creator of the universe, give to us?
Please read 1 John 5:11, Galatians 1:3-5 and 2:20, and Titus 2:11-14.
* Read John 1:12 and prayerfully testify by writing what it means to you personally that God gave.
(15b) “His indescribable gift”
Indescribable means “not able to describe, not able to fully explain, without words of description, beyond explanation.” The ultimate Christmas gift is the one the Apostle Paul describes as “indescribable.” This ultimate Christmas gift is the gift of God’s Son to the world by which God made a way of salvation for us all (whosoever).
I ask each of you to do something very special during this Christmas season. Would you take just a few minutes, before you start enjoying the blessing of opening gifts, and read Luke 2:1-20? Then pause and thank God for “The Ultimate Christmas Gift.”
As your class comes to a close, please lift your voices in praise. “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”
O Come, All Ye Faithful
O come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem! Come and behold Him, Born the King of Angels! O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, Born this happy morning, Jesus, to Thee be all glory given; Word of the Father, Now in flesh appearing! O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord! (Wade)