The verses from the previous two posts focused on the church body and today’s verses focus on the individual believer.
7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says:
“When he ascended on high,
he took many captives
and gave gifts to his people.”
9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)
As individuals, we are given gifts by God through His grace. In verse 8, Paul is quoting from Psalm 68:18 with one difference. “The Psalm speaks about the conquerer receiving gifts. Paul changes it to read, ‘gave gifts to his people’. In the Old Testament the conquering king demanded and received gifts from men: in the New Testament the conquerer Christ offers and gives gifts to men.”1 What a difference in perspective. Jesus wants to give us gives rather than demanding them from us.
We are so blessed by the gifts God has given us. What gifts has the Lord blessed you with? We need to take the time to acknowledge the ways the Lord has blessed us and then thank Him for those blessings. Take some time today to think about all the ways the Lord has blessed you, thank Him and give Him praise.
- Scripture from http://www.biblegateway.com
- Quote from “The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians”, The Daily Study Bible Series, William Barclay, The Westminster Press