The Gift Acts 2:38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit Being saved is a gift . If a person could earn it by being good ---- then it would no be free ---- but it is . It is given to those who do not work for it . For God declares sinners to be good in his sight if they have faith in Christ to save them from God 's wrath . Salvation is like a gift that some one has given us and we say " Oh what a pretty package " But we put the package aside , never knowing what is inside. Likewise , Jesus has offered us salvation through the shed Blood of Calvary but if we never open our hearts and accept Him , we will never receive what He has to offer for us . If we do not accept the gift ---- the Giver cannot accept us.