When you were young, did you sneak around to open your Christmas presents before Christmas? All of us are thrilled and excited when we receive a gift. There is an eagerness and anticipation that fills our hearts when we know a gift is on its way. But the greatest gift of all is God’s gift of righteousness and eternal life.
As with all gifts, righteousness and eternal life must be received before they can be effective. Receiving God’s righteousness goes beyond salvation. Although God makes us righteous, many of His children do not understand that truth.