THE GIFT OF GOD! 11-13-2011

posted Nov 13, 2011, 5:48 AM by Dale Barnes
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Ro.6:23 NIV)

“...all have sinned...” (Ro.3:23)  Everyone has sinned and the payoff is death; eternal separation from God; a lake of fire.  No matter how you paint it, it is a terrible, eternal state of being.  The Bible talks of those who “because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath.”(Ro.2:5 NIV) Those who, with a hard heart, resist and reject God’s help; only store up their terrible wages for the judgment day to come.  It is so important to consider and act on God’s love gift.

The gift of God is eternal life.  At the age of 12 years, my wife heard about God’s free gift of eternal life.  In fact, the person sharing with a group of young people had a picture of a gift box with a big, colorful bow on top.  God was offering her, that day, this gift, and she stepped out and received it.  You see it is a gift. You can’t do enough to earn it, but you must receive it.

This gift is found in one place (person); in Jesus Christ.  It is found no where else. You only access God through Christ.(Jn.14:6)  You need to trust God’s word and turn to Christ, ask and receive his free gift of eternal life.

What is included in this eternal gift?  You receive the forgiveness of all your sins; they are never to be remembered by God.(Col.1:14, Heb.8:12) You also receive a new life; you are born of God. (Jn.1:12)  As you continue to trust in Christ, he will work in and through you his very life given freely to you. When you leave this life in physical death, you will go into his presence forever.(2 Co.5:8)  The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord!