The greatest gift that will ever be given
The greatest gift that will ever be given is not simply a reference to the birth of Christ, and His death and resurrection from the grave.
Yahshua the Messiah, that many refer to as Jesus Christ was sent into the world, not by the Father but He proceeded forth from the Father. The failure to understand this mystery that is spiritually discerned results when a certain gift has not been given. However, when this precious gift has been received the discernment regarding the true identity of God is revealed (Acts 8:20).
Yahshua said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me. For I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but of the same I am sent (John 8:42).
What was presented to the world through the body of the Messiah, as the Lamb of God, would be the final sacrifice that was sent forth to take away the sins of the world.
Heb 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins
So then the Messiah gave himself for us, and this offering at Calvary would allow for the greatest gift ever to be received at his second coming. Yahshua raised Himself from the dead and He will also raise up all of his children at the last day.
Heb 10:12 But He offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, and now dwells as the right hand (or power) of God
Although giving gifts or presents is a popular tradition shared by many Christians, it is not a biblical custom related to the birth of the Messiah. This practice does not come from the three wise men who visited Yahshua in the manger.
Below we present the reader (pun intended) with three verses where the word gift is used even though offering is the correct interpretation.
Matt 8:4 And Yahshua said unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, show thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them
This verse is in reference to the offerings presented to those cleansed of leprosy (Lev 14:1-4).
Luke 21:1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury
Yahshua told His disciples that the offering that was presented by the poor widow was greater than those given by all who were rich (Mark 12:43, Luke 21:4).
Matt 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh
The three wise men came to worship the King of Judea, and they presented Him with offerings of their treasures (Mat 2:2, 6). This child, who is the image of Yahweh, came forth from God. He would one day rule the true Israel of God as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (John 16:27-30, Rev 17:14).
The greatest gift ever given will be Eternal Life
Although the wages of sin is death, what is more is that the gift of God is eternal life through Yahshua the Messiah who is also the Everlasting Father (John 10:30, Rom 6:23, Mat 1:23, Isa 9:6, Mat 12:29-34, 2 Cor 4:4, Col 1:15, Heb 1:3, Isa 9:6).
Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation
The greatest gift, which is the salvation of our souls, is to be received upon the return of Yahshua the Messiah.
Once you are saved you are always saved represents a factual doctrinal premise, therefore it is impossible to lose the gift of Salvation. We cannot lose what we don’t yet possess. The redemption wherein we are clothed with immortality and incorruption is our Salvation, and it occurs at the second advent of Yahshua the Messiah (Luke 21:28).
So then the Messiah with a single offering did bear the sins of many; (and unto them that have patiently) waited for him shall he appear the second time (not to deal with) sin (but to provide) salvation (Heb 9:28).
Matt 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved
This greatest gift of them all (to become saved) is what we strive for, however, the other gifts given enable us to endure.
Heb 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance by faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water
The gifts of Yahshua’s Holy Spirit allow us to experience true love, joy and an enduring faith that is not easily shattered (Rom 10:17, Gal 5:22-23, 1 Cor 2:5).
Heb 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance
The faithful followers of Yahshua receive His Spirit as a down payment unto their redemption from the flesh. Those who are sealed with the Holy Spirit are justified by grace and are made heirs according to the hope of eternal life (Heb 9:12, Eph 1:13-14, Titus 3:7, 2 Cor 1:22).
Salvation in Christianity is shared by all of the faithful descendants of Abraham, united through the same Spirit of Yahshua (Gal 3:3-9, Heb 8:9).
Our assurance of Salvation is based on faith, and this too comes from the Holy Spirit. Yahshua is the author of our faith, which provides us with the surety that His promises to us are true (Heb 10:22, Col 2:2, 1 Thes 1:5, Heb 6:11).
Heb 10:38-39 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul
The end result of true faith is the Salvation of our souls (1 Peter 1:9).