Receiving this Gift
This gift is received by faith.
Faith is the only key that opens the door to heaven. Many try to use the key of their good works to get in, but will fail. The Bible says that "God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
But what is saving faith? FAITH IS BELIEVING THE GOOD NEWS. Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Do you believe that He died for your sins? Do you believe He rose again on the third day? Do you believe He offers you forgiveness and eternal life?
If you said Yes to these questions you have the first ingredient of faith, called intellectual assent, which is believing certain historical facts. But this alone will not save you, for the Bible says the devil believes in God and in these facts. So just believing in God is not saving faith. Something else is required and that is a personal response to Jesus Christ. Faith must be from the heart as well as in the head. SAVING FAITH IS TRUSTING IN JESUS CHRIST ALONE FOR ETERNAL LIFE. FAITH means TRUST. If you really believe someone, you put your trust in them.
Now perhaps you have prayed and trusted God for temporary crises such as financial, family or physical needs. Now this is good, but it is not saving faith. Saving faith is trusting in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, forgiveness and eternal life. It is entrusting your whole being to Him for your eternal destiny. It means resting, depending and relying upon Christ alone and what He has done, rather than what you or I have done to get us to heaven. Believe (trust) on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved (Acts16:31). Faith is like the hand of a beggar receiving the gift of a King. We don't deserve the gift of eternal life and we cannot pay for it, but we can have it today if we reach out and receive it by faith.
You have just read the greatest story ever told about the greatest offer ever made by the greatest Person who ever lived - Jesus Christ. The question God is asking you now is: "Would you like to receive the gift of eternal life?" It's up to you! It is the most important choice you will make. Because this is such an important matter, lets clarify what this means: It means putting all your trust in the resurrected living Jesus Christ, receiving Him into your heart and life as your Saviour and Lord.
Jesus said: "Behold I stand at the door (of your heart) and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and dine with him and he with Me (Revelation 3:20). When He comes in, He comes as your Saviour. He forgives your sins and gives you eternal life. He also comes into your life as your Lord for He is God. There is a throne-room in your heart, and that throne is rightly His. He made you. He bought you with His blood and He wants to take His rightful place on the throne of your life. So trusting in Jesus Christ as your Saviour also means surrendering to Him as your Lord.