We all like to receive gifts, but God offers us gifts that are better than we could ever imagine. The word “gift” (in a spiritual sense) appears in about 36 New Testament verses. God’s gifts fall into three categories. Some relate to salvation, some are charismatic and some are for use in the church.
Salvation through Jesus is a gift from God. The Holy Spirit’s revelation of God’s plan that leads to salvation is a gift from God. Jesus indicates to the Samaritan woman (John 4:10) that she should be seeking God’s gift. Paul says in Romans 3:24 that our justification is a gift from God by His grace through the redemption which is in Jesus. He mentions this free gift again in Romans 5:15-17 and Romans 6:23. This is the gift promised by Peter in Acts 2:38.