The Most Amazing Gift
What If You Could Possess It Right Now?
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Everyone loves receiving a
gift. The greatest thing about a gift is that you get it free of cost or
obligation. To the giver, however there is a price to pay. When I give
something to you -- I loose the value I paid to obtain the gift I gave. This is
true with any gift (unless you received it as a gift from someone else). But
ultimately every gift has a cost to produce it in the first place.
What if I told you I have
a gift I possess to give away to you that I cannot lose? What’s more
is that it’s value is so immense it cannot be estimated. Sound mind
boggling? Read on!
What if, in giving this gift to you, it becomes even
more priceless to both you and me by my giving it away to you? In
fact what if it’s value continues to grow every time it is given away to someone
else to both you and me?
What if this gift could endure forever? That’s
right! No one you nor I know can explain what forever is like in a literal way
because we live in a dimension restricted to time. This gift goes beyond that
What if this gift was so special no one could pay
enough money to purchase it? Think of the biggest diamond in the universe*.
It’s worth cannot be stated because it’s size is 1x10 to the 34th exponent
carats. It is in the constellation Centaurus. But the gift I’m thinking of is
far beyond that! *[See
BIGGEST DIAMOND for more online info from Feb, 2004.]
What if this gift can be multiplied with human
activity and be made even more valuable after your receiving it?
All of the “What if...” questions are true! So now you are
asking WHAT is this amazing gift?
Quite simply it is...
"The Gift of God"
Jesus makes the understanding of this gift pretty
clear to us in John 4:10
(emphasis added by yours truly)
Jesus answered and said to her,
“If you knew the gift of God, and who it
is who says to you,
‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you
The “living water” He was referring to was Himself, and by offering Himself up
once for all mankind to pay their debt of sin to God, no further price is
required. It is thus “a gift!” It cannot be purchased with money. (See Acts 8,
The Samaritan Woman received the gift from Jesus and went home to give it to
others who knew her. Some received it just from her, and obviously many others
received the gift directly from Jesus (v. 41)
The Apostle Paul expands this “gift of God”
greatly in his book to the Romans, chapter 6:
**Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin
is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our
In this passage we see that the gift lasts forever, and it is not just “living
water.” The only way we can understand eternal is to say it never ends (as I’m
thinking about the fact I am going to die one day very likely.) Unending
seems like a long time but I can’t experience it with a reality sensation. Only
after I’ve lived say a couple decades do I begin to understand everlasting.
But how does this gift increase in it’s value? First look what James says about
gifts from God:
Jas 1:17 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.
Gifts from God are both good and perfect (meaning, ‘complete’) and the verse
goes on to say literally unchanging.
We go to Paul again for an understanding of how this gift grows:
1 Thess. 1:5 For our gospel did
not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and
in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your
sake. 6 ¶ And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having
received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 "so
that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe."
When Paul first shared the gift of God with the Thessalonians, they believed
him. Then they shared, as he did with them, it with others. This caused it to
spread all through out territories. Paul was the first benefactor. They were
second, and inhabitants in Macedonia and Acahia. He calls Philippian believers
Philippians 4:1 ¶ Therefore,
my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand
fast in the Lord, beloved."
This gift of God clearly cannot be purchased as we mentioned with Acts
8:20. Again Paul cannot make it more definite:
Eph. 2:8 For by grace you have
been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of
God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
And to reaffirm good works are still important
after the gift is received, he adds,
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus
for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
YOU CANNOT PURCHASE GOD'S GIFT OF SALVATION, but most assuredly you can receive
John 1:12 But as many as
received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those
who believe in His name:
After you have received it, however you can
apparently stir it up, and make it more reactive:
2 Tim 1:6 Therefore I remind
you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on
of my hands.
This can only mean it enables you to use it more
that when you first received it.
So accept God’s Gift of Salvation today by receiving it from Jesus Christ.
Romans 10:9 ... If you confess with your mouth the
Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead,
you will be saved. [ From "the wages of sin"
see Romans 6:23 above] ... 13 For "whoever
calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."
Tell us you have so we can help you with this Most
Amazing Gift Ever Given. Just contact:
C. Pat Lanyon, 860-528-7205 wisefavor at gmail.com
or see www.APrayerNotebook.net/giftofgod/MostAmazingGift.htm
12/12/2011, orig; updated, 11/28/2014