Who doesn’t like a free gift? A gift that is so much more than any other gift ever received. One that will not only bless you in this life but in eternity to come.
If you feel yourself saying yes I want a gift like that. Well, you can have that gift because that gift is Jesus Christ who came into the world for us.
John 1:14: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Jesus came and died in your stead so you can live eternally (John 11: 25-26) if you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ you will be saved (Acts 16:31).
This is all possible because Jesus came and died, was buried, and rose again on the third day for the forgiveness of your sins (1 Cor. 15:3-4). This is the grace and truth He is full of.
This gift, you see, is predicated upon the work of one. This one being Jesus Christ. It is because of this why we do not work for our salvation. Jesus has completed the work.
We see this in Hebrews 10:11–14, “And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.”
The work has been accomplished. The gift is offered. Paul states, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8-9). Not of works. Salvation is a gift. We receive this gift through faith. This is when we believe we receive it right then.
This is made clear in many passages of Scripture. Many stated above, but when we believe everlasting life is our present possession. We have it right then and will never lose it (e.g., John 3:16; 5:24). It is ours and Christ is faithful to keep us.
This last statement is clearly seen in 2 Timothy 2:11–13 where it reads: “If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, He remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.”
He cannot deny Himself. He is faithful to us and our salvation forever. This is an amazing gift that He gives us. Now, one need not say this gives license to sin. No, it does not.
We see in that same Scripture if we deny or fail to remain faithful we will not rule with Him. We lose out on amazing benefits and inheritance if we are not faithful workers in Christ’s work.
So, even though the gift is free to all who believe, let us strive to be as the Apostle Paul was right before he died.
He said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Tim. 4:7-8).
May we all be found that faithful. May we all strive to be able to say this. Not to keep it prove our salvation, but because we live our Savior who gave us this amazing gift. So, let us serve the Lord with diligence and passion every day. After all, He died so we can live. So let us live for Him every day for His glory and our love to Him and the right to reign with Him.