I am yet to find someone that does not love receiving gifts. What if I told you that there is one gift that surpasses all kinds of gifts in every way. Unfortunately, some people have chosen not to get this most amazing and powerful gift. Maybe it is because of a lack of understanding of the gift.
This post will help clarify some things about this special gift. If you are wondering, I am referring to the gift of salvation that comes through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross. Salvation, in this case, means being rescued from sin and its consequences. Let’s dive in!
Who is the amazing and powerful gift from?
Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that by grace we have been saved through faith; and that not of ourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. This precious and most amazing gift of salvation is from God Almighty.
Who is God Almighty?
- God is spirit. He does not have a body like humans do. (John 4:24)
- God is Holy. (Revelation 4:8; Leviticus 19:2; 1 Samuel 2:2)
- God is the only God, and He exists in three persons of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Mathew 28:19; Mathew 3:16-17; II Corinthians 13:14; Isaiah 45:6; I Timothy 2:5; Isaiah 44:6)
- The Almighty God is infinite, everywhere, and eternal. Nothing can be hidden from God. (Psalm 139: 7-12; Psalm 90:2; Proverbs 15:3; Job 34:21)
- There is nothing impossible with God. He can do all things. (Mathew 19:26)
- Nobody made God because He was there from the beginning, and He created all things. God lives forever. (Revelation 4:11; John 1:1-3)
- God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Malachi 3:6)
In case you are still struggling to believe that God exists, I pray that you are not counted among the people referred to in Psalm 14:1(“The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God…”) because I know you are wiser than that.
God is so mighty beyond words. Why would He then care about mere human beings? He cares because God is also love. (1 John 4:8)
We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) Sin is anything you think, say, do, or don’t do that offends God. Now, you may be thinking that you will try to be as careful as you can—doing and saying only good things.
But, unfortunately, God’s standard is perfection, and it is too high for people to attain. (Mathew 5:48) Worse still is that the payment for sin is death. (Romans 6:23; Ezekiel 18:4)
God being Holy, really hates sin. However, God being Love, wouldn’t want to punish us. Imagine yourself in this situation: you are hurrying to work, wearing a clean suit or your work clothes and your child who has dirt all over him runs to you, wanting you to carry him up.
Would you carry him? If you did, you would have to take more time cleaning up and changing clothes—but you are already running late. So what do you do because you love your child, but you may get into more trouble if you get late?
In the same way, God loves us but hates our sin—which is the dirt that He sees on us. To fix this problem, God sent His son Jesus Christ to become human, come to earth and die for the sins of all humanity.
Who is Jesus Christ?
- The Bible tells us that Jesus is not only the son of God, but He is also God. That means that He is Spirit but became human so that He could dwell amongst us. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God.” John 1:1. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us….” John1:14. Even when He came to earth, He remained without sin. (II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 9:11-14)
- Jesus Christ was sent into the world not to condemn but to save it. ( John 3:16-17)
- Jesus Christ is the King of Kings. (Revelation 19:11-16)
- Jesus Christ is the High Priest. (Hebrews 5:5-6)
- Jesus Christ is a Prophet. (Acts 3:22-23)
- Jesus Christ is our Saviour and the way to God the Father. (Acts 4:12; John 14:6)
Jesus Christ died a very shameful death. (Luke 23:33-38; Philippians 2:8); but He did not remain dead. He rose from the dead and went into heaven and is at the right hand of God. (1Corinthians 15:1-8; 1Peter 3:22)
We also know from John 3:3 that except one is born again, they cannot see the kingdom of God. God loved humanity so much that when we were still sinners, Jesus Christ died for us, justifying us with His blood and saving us from God’s wrath. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we are reconciled to God. (Romans 5:8-11)
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How do you get this amazing and powerful gift?
The gift of eternal life (Heaven) or salvation is easy to get. You do not have to work for it—it is free and is available for everyone who wants it. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Why then do we have to do good and have high moral standards? After receiving the gift of eternal life, we do good deeds as a way of glorifying God. It is also God’s will for us to do good things. (Mathew 5:16; Titus 3:8; Ephesians 2:10). Living in God’s will is important for life in Jesus.
To get the gift of eternal life, take the following easy steps:
- You must believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins, that He was buried, and that He rose again from the dead according to the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 16:31)
- Accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour (Revelation 3:20; 1 Peter3:18)
- Trust Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life, meaning that you shift your trust from yourself to God. You trust and depend on His guidance. (Revelation 19:16)
- Repent of your sins and forsake your bad ways. (Isaiah 55:7; Titus 3:5-7)
- Tell someone about your new relationship with Jesus. (Romans 10:10)
I want the amazing gift of eternal life
The best decision you will ever make is to get your amazing and powerful gift of eternal life. If you have made that decision, here is a suggested prayer that you can say:
“Lord Jesus, thank You for Your love and the gift of eternal life. I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I repent of all my sins. I believe that you died on the cross to pay for my sins and was resurrected from the dead. I transfer my trust from myself to you. Would you please take control of my life? I receive You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You, Jesus. In Jesus’ name I have prayed, Amen.”
Congratulations!!!!! You are now a child of God. (“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” ) John 1:12-13
You also have the assurance of eternal life—the amazing and powerful gift I have been telling you about. (“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.”) John 6:47
At the end of this article, you will find your ‘Salvation Certificate’ as a reminder and celebration of the day that you were born into God’s kingdom. Fill in the blanks and keep it in your special place.
(Please note that the certificate is part of the PDF version of this article. It is a welcome gift for when you subscribe to my newsletter. Don’t worry, you can unsubscribe whenever you want.
If you are not yet ready to subscribe to the newsletter, please contact me after you say the prayer to receive your gift of salvation, and I will celebrate with you.)
What next after receiving the gift of eternal life?
You now need to learn about how you can live as a child of God who has also received the assurance of eternal life. In addition, you need to learn more about your heavenly Father and how to grow in salvation.
Wow! These seem like a lot, especially when you are just starting. Well, you don’t have to learn all these in one sitting. Instead, you will learn little by little every day throughout your entire lifetime—so, no worries.
The list below is a guideline that you can use. Doing no.4 (attending a Bible-teaching church) will help a great deal:
- Find a Holy Bible and begin by reading the Gospel of John. If you do not have a physical Bible, you can read the Gospel of John here. I highly recommend that you get your hard copy of the Holy Bible. Having your personal copy makes reading the Bible fun; you mark highlights and notes as you want. (“…as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby…”1 Peter 2:2); (…but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18)
- Pray (Philippians 4:6). Prayer is talking to God like you would talk to your friend. Luke 11 can help you get started.
- Praise and worship. (Psalm 92:1)
- Attend a Bible-teaching church near you for growth in your salvation. (Psalm 122:1; 1 John 1:3). To emphasize the importance of this, I will give an example of firewood. If there are three or more pieces of firewood together, you will have a good fire that will burn for a long time. Supposing you removed one piece of firewood and placed it alone on the side, would it continue burning? No. It would eventually stop burning. Likewise, if you do not fellowship with other people that have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, you too will eventually grow cold and lose the way of God. Therefore, it would be best to find a Bible-teaching church that you can attend.
- Share your love for Jesus with others. It can be as simple as your salvation story. Your story is powerful because it is unique to you, and you don’t have to be perfect. Your story is your story. (Acts 1:8)
Tip: While reading the Bible, it is best to read the whole chapter to understand the context of the verse.
Scripture references in this article are from The Holy Bible New King James Version.
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