Do you love receiving gifts? It is always fun to watch our gift being opened and the expression of joy of the face of our receiver.
There is only one condition put on a gift–it has to be received. When our gift is rejected, it causes sorrow in our heart. We gave it out of love, but it was spurned.
God’s gave the greatest gift ever to be given John 3:16 says that He gave us His Son because He loved us. Romans 6:23 says, “…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
What does John 1:11 say about Jesus? It says, “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.” The Jewish people rejected God’s gift.
Verse 12 says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” The only condition God the Father put on His gift was to believe.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says that we are saved by grace through faith without works. Our salvation-gift cost us nothing. We receive His gift through a yielded believing heart. Yet, it cost Jesus everything. He gave His own life that we might live eternally with Him.
The gift-receiver gains everything through Jesus’ death: His love, redemption, mercy, grace, righteousness, justification, and sanctification. The list is endless and wrapped in abundance.
Romans 5:17 says, “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”