Romans 4:18–24; 8:24–25; 15:13
It was a rare moment when the apostle Paul couldn’t find the right words to express spiritual truth, but when he put his pen to parchment to describe Jesus, no word came to mind. “Thanks be to God for. . . .” Paul must have paused to contemplate what to write next. The great theologian’s vocabulary could have filled a dictionary, but he lacked the language to express the wonder of Jesus. So Paul penned, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”
(2 Corinthians 9:15 NASB, emphasis added).
What puts Jesus beyond description is His divine nature. In Jesus, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, “lives all the fullness of God in a human body” (Colossians 2:9). He “radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God” (Hebrews 1:3).
- Jesus embodies God’s grace—divine favor toward underserving humankind.
- He embodies God’s truth—reliable principles for living.
- And He embodies God’s love—infinite compassion for sinners.
God offers these gifts to us in the person of His Son, and as we receive them, we discover another gift in Jesus: hope.
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