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“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. – John 3:16-18
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. – Ephesians 2:8
The Gift, Salvation is a gift, that gift is found in the birth, life, and death of Christ. The Gift was not just the birth of a child it was the giving of a life!
The gift of the babe in the manger is the promise, the true gift was given to us at Calvary, that is where our sin was nailed to a cross. For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). It is at the Cross that a life was given for us so that we could be reconciled to God. It is there that the blood fell so that we could be justified…
Our sin, our wrong being, was imputed to Jesus, He took on our sin and His righteousness was imputed or given to us… IF we believe.
Justified – Sanctified – redeemed –given New Life. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17). The problem with that is a lack of believing… and
“In the kingdom of God, believing is a prerequisite to receiving.” – Henry & Richard Blackaby, Experiencing God Day by Day
The Gift is accepted by our belief in Jesus that He came to earth as a man, died and rose on the 3rd day. Believing is not a onetime thing that was done one Sunday Morning or at a conference or after an emotional experience. Believing is an everyday action. It is taking the knowledge that Jesus is the son of God, and, that the words He spoke are God’s to us, and applying them!!!!
The Gift is opened by belief and is accepted by, and in, our obedience… baptism is an act of obedience; should be our first act of obedience after repentance. Peter said “Repent and be baptized.” Repentance…
If we have accepted that Gift, we are told to put it on… for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ (Galatians 3:26-27). Baptized? Romans 6…
Accepting and Receiving…
In Romans the Holy Spirit tells us to Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires (13:14).
Under the New Covenant, we are given the opportunity to receive salvation as a free gift (Ephesians 2:8–9). Our responsibility is to exercise faith in Christ, the One who fulfilled the Law on our behalf and brought an end to the Law’s sacrifices through His own sacrificial death. Through the life-giving Holy Spirit who lives in all believers (Romans 8:9–11), we share in the inheritance of Christ and enjoy a permanent, unbroken relationship with God (Hebrews 9:15) as believers; Christians, Christ followers…
Romans 5:15-17, Romans 6:1-4: What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? we either live in sin or in Christ… Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
What is keeping you from accepting the Gift? Is there some sin, some attitude, some weakness… now is the time…
What is keeping you from accepting The Gift? (He will accept you as you are where you are NOW.
“In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. – 2 Corinthians 6:2 Accept the Gift God gave to us so long ago.
What is keeping you from walking in that Gift?
Further Reading: John 12:44-50
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