The Gift

 A very important word that God uses to describe salvation is the word Gift.  The fact that this word is used so often teaches us some significant things about how a person gets to heaven. 

 

 A “Gift” is only significant if it meets a need.

According to God’s perfect standard we are all in need of rescue. Have you ever told a lie? If so, this makes you a liar. The Bible says all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire. (Revelation 21:8 ). Have you ever been angry at someone? The Bible says that being angry with someone brings the same judgment as murder (Matthew 5:21,22). Have you ever lusted? The Bible says that you have committed adultery in your heart. No adulterer can go to heaven (Matthew 5:28, 1 Corinthians 6:9). According to the Bible it only takes one sin to merit a Holy God’s judgment (James 2:10). God is so holy that sin cannot be in His presence (Psalm 5:4,5, Habakkuk 1:13). This creates a genuine need for forgiveness for each one of us.

 

“Free Gift” means God paid for salvation

The priceless gift of salvation that God offers to all people was purchased “with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18,19). It cost God the sacrifice of His only begotten Son who died on Calvary’s Cross for our sins and rose again. Though the richest men on earth could never pay salvation’s cost, God now makes it available to rich and poor alike as a free gift. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life though Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

 

“Free Gift” means we cannot earn salvation.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9)

Attempting to pay for something that is offered as a gift, is really a rejection of that gift. It is an offence to God when people reject His free gift of eternal life by trying to earn salvation with their good works.

 

This “Free Gift” must be received.

“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name”(John 1:12).

Since a gift does not belong to the receiver until it is first accepted, so God’s gift must be “received.” Salvation is a gift and therefore is not a process. You do not become saved over a period of time, but rather at the moment you accept the free gift by trusting Jesus Christ alone for salvation.

Jesus died on the cross to pay the debt for sin that you owe. If you realize that you are a sinner and that you are not worthy of being saved, then you are the perfect candidate for salvation. All you must do to receive this gift is call upon the Lord. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Jesus promises “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).

If you have never received the free gift of eternal life, cry out to God asking Him to save your soul. Believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins. Now thank Him for freely giving you His great GIFT!