What We Can Receive From God

God is gracious. God is eternal. God is eternally gracious, there is no end to His desire to give gifts.

People are given the option of receiving these gifts or rejecting them. Most reject them, as denoted by the road to destruction being broad. The world does a good job of looking like it’s better than all God’s gracious gifts. The many choose temporal gifts in exchange for eternal gifts.

Perhaps this decision doesn’t look that bad until eternity starts.

God, as the giver, offers gifts to people. People then can become receivers. Here is a list of all that we can receive from God:

Romans 1:5—grace and apostleship
Romans 5:11—atonement
Romans 5:17—abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness
Romans 8:15—the spirit of adoption
1 Corinthians 2:12—The Spirit of God
1 Corinthians 3:14—reward for his work
1 Corinthians 15:1—the Gospel
2 Corinthians 4:1—mercy
Galatians 3:14—the promise of the Spirit
Galatians 4:5—the adoption of sons
Ephesians 6:8—good things
Colossians 2:6—Christ Jesus the Lord
Colossians 3:24—the reward of the inheritance
1 Thessalonians 4:1—how to walk and please God
Hebrews 9:15—the promise of eternal inheritance
Hebrews 10:36—the promise
1 Peter 4:10—the gift

A fine looking receipt!

Oh the tragedy of man who chooses temporal dirt over all this.

15 thoughts on “What We Can Receive From God”

  1. You for got the most important thing we receive from God, “faith” without this we can receive none of the other things that were listed.

  2. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, Eph. 2:8

    Salvation given by grace, is received through the gift of faith, all of these are a gift actually, grace, salvation, and faith. None of these are of our own doing, as God’s word tells us.

  3. Here is three more verses that tell us that the faith to believe, is granted or received.

    “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake.” (Philippians 1:29)
    “And he said, ‘This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.'” (John 6:65)
    “And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed,” (Acts 18:27)

  4. 1 Cor. 13 – Love is the greatest gift that God gives us. John 10:17 – And laying it all down again for others, and to do His will, is the greatest gift we can give back to Him.

  5. Here are a few more:
    Philippians 1:29, “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe, but also suffer for His sake.”

    Galatians 5:22 says “But the fruit of the Spirit is . . . faithfulness.” [Literally “faith” (pistis)]

    Acts 13:48, “And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the Word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.”

    Also regeneration (or new birth) precedes (or causes) faith:

    1 John 5:1, “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God.”

    The Bible also teaches repentance is a gift: 2 Tim 2:25; Acts 5:31; Acts 11:18

  6. I know it is pointless for me to say anything and I also have no desire to argue over this again with you guys, but none of those verses say God gives us saving faith.

    My curiosity was over what verses you’d use to try and prove that God gives faith and you listed most of the verses I assumed you would use. Thanks for satisfying my curiosity.

  7. James 2:5
    Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?

    1 Thessalonians 1:4
    For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you,

    1 Peter 2:4
    As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,

    If God doesn’t grant saving faith, then how does He choose? And if He doesn’t in fact choose as you seem to be saying, then these verses and many more must be wrong then. Pleases help me understand.

  8. Because God chooses does not mean He gives us the faith. “Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” It does not say “God believed God and it was counted unto Abraham for righteousness.” Man has choice and is ever accountable for that choice. God desires, and the word desire is the word “wills,” all men to be saved, but not all are, therefore man can resist God’s will.

    God does choose and He does elect and this election is based on foreknowledge. What He foreknows is not said. God tells everyone they can believe, call on the name of the Lord to be saved. Some do not. It is not because God did not choose them, it is because they did not receive His gift of salvation that is potentially available for all.

    The reason people debate the issue is because both free will, our choice, and God’s election are both in Scripture. man is accountable for his own choice and it is not God’s fault because God didn’t choose Him that a man is in hell.

    The Bible makes it abundantly clear that our response to God’s goodness is what determines our eternity. God is not good if He offers a Gospel to all men when He knows it can only save the few He chose. God has elected and chosen and all those who are chosen show their election by coming to Him. Foreknowledge is a big word in all this. To throw it out or change the definition to make it mean predestination does not satisfy me.

    Same thing with prophecy, David prophesied Christ’s resurrection, according to Peter and his Pentecost sermon, because he knew it was going to happen because “he saw it before” Acts 2:31.

    Foreknowledge. It means something.

  9. Jeff,
    Thanks for taking the time to answer my question. I’m discouraged to read you believe that God is not good, if He offers salvation to all, but chooses whom He wills to draw to Himself.

    “God is not good if He offers a Gospel to all men when He knows it can only save the few He chose.”

    Because of God’s amazing grace, He does save some, when in complete honesty all should perish, for all have sinned and fell short of the Glory of God.

    I do respect you and your opinion Jeff, I believe you are a great man of God, one of the few men I read on a regular basis, God bless.

  10. Just so we’re clear: I do believe God is good. I do not believe the God of Calvinism is good, but that’s fine, because I don’t think the God of Calvinism is entirely consistent with the God of Scripture, but that only opens a can of worms that I’m not sure I want to open up again.

    I do thank you for your kind words.

  11. Yes we are very clear on the point that you trust that God is good. In fact I would say many, perhaps even most people believe God is good.

    Only when it comes to bending their knee to Him and admitting their utter sinfulness, and rebellion towards Him they won’t. Because we all are lovers of self, it started with Adam, and every person born since, is under that curse, that what is born of flesh is flesh, and that what is born of Spirit is Spirit.

    The flesh cannot comprehend what is truly “good” because it was conceived in sin. Calvin didn’t invent the theology of man’s depravity, it’s God’s word that tells these things.

    Even after tasting God’s goodness, we still struggle to trust Him to totally satisfy our heart, and seek the things of this world to fulfill the void. Sin is powerful and God is the only One who can defeat it’s hold of a man’s heart, it’s something we cannot do on our own ability.

    We are not light years apart in our theology, only we see God as being good, for much different reasons.

  12. The last sentence of this post is the most important for this discussion. Why does one turn to the gifts of God and others reject it?

    The Armenian view say that there are some people out there that are good enough to see Gods holiness and accepted God’s grace. The Reformed view says that we are all dead in our sins and seek nothing of God but by Gods grace He saves some.

    God receives all the glory this way in the Armenian way of salvation it is God and man. Scripture does not show a God sitting in heaven hoping that people will turn from their sins and follow Him. This is not a Sovereign God.

    You have heard the terms effectual call and gospel call before. Unlike the effectual call, the gospel call can be successfully resisted by sinners. All those whom God has not elected will and do resist the gospel call and consequently further their condemnation before a holy God. Scripture teaches that when the gospel call goes out to all people, God secretly, irresistibly, and effectually calls his elect and only His elect through this gospel to new life, faith, and repentance. The reason for transformation is not found in man’s will but in God’s effectual grace.

    The truth is God owes us nothing, but by His grace he saves some! This is not a mean God but a God of mercy. Until God speaks into our hearts and says, “let there be light”, there will only be darkness. Only after God gives us life do we desire Him and His gifts.

  13. I ‘ll make one final comment, when it comes to praying for people to be saved from their sins, and God’s wrath, how do we pray? Don’t we in fact ask God to change their heart, and cause them to turn from trusting in this world, and turn to trust in His Son.

    Knowing that God can change even the most harden heart gives me hope for those whom I am praying for. Because most of the folks I lift up in prayer, if my only hope was that they would come to Christ on their own accord, well it would be very disheartening, and quite honestly hopeless.

    Only God can give someone a new heart, and bring what is dead, back to Life.

  14. You guys say the same thing to me every time we have this discussion. It’s not that I can’t hear you, it’s that I don’t agree. You don’t agree with what I say. I’m content to leave it there. Why you, who believe people can’t change unless God makes them change, are not content with this, is beyond me. Let us press on in peace.

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