Christ the Gift Giver

April 23, 2017 ()

Bible Text: Psalm 68 |

Series:

Northwest Bible Church – April 23, 2017 – Christ in the OT series – Alan Conner

PSALM 68

Christ the Gift-Giver

Intro

A. PSALM 68

1. Context:

2. The outline of the psalm.

a. Exhortation to rejoice before the Lord (Ps. 68:1-6).

b. God’s victorious march from Egypt to Jerusalem (Ps. 68:7-18).

c. Praise to God for His conquest over His enemies, His blessings on His people, and a worldwide flow of worshippers to His temple at Jerusalem (Ps. 68:19-35).

3. The Messianic ascension on high (Ps. 68:18).

a. “You have ascended on high”

b. “You have received gifts among men”

B. PAUL’S INTERPRETATION IN EPH. 4:7-16.

1. Christ ascends into heaven (Eph. 4:8, 9-10).

2. Christ leads captive a host of captives (v. 8).

a. Spiritual enemies – sin, death, Satan.

b. Enemies conquered by the gospel

3. Christ gives gifts to men (v. 8).

a. Every believer receives a grace gift (Eph. 4:7).

b. Some of the gifts are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastor-teachers (Eph. 4:11).

c. These gifts help equip the saints to use their gifts for the building up of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:12).

4. Every good gift comes through Christ.

Conclusion