The Greatest Gift

Liberty Legal Journal, Spring 2014

4 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2017

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Tory L. Lucas

Liberty University School of Law

Date Written: Spring 2014


John 3:16 stands at the heart of the Christian faith through God’s making the greatest gift — eternal life. This Article offers a legal analysis of the greatest gift in John 3:16 in the context of the law of gifts in property law. To constitute a gratuitous transfer of property rights, gift law requires three elements — donative intent, delivery, and acceptance. All first-year property law students know this law. Building on gift-law principles, this Article conducts a thought-provoking analysis of God’s donative intent and delivery of the greatest gift, satisfying the first two elements. The Article does not analyze the third element for a completed gift of eternal life. Instead, the Article leaves the analysis of acceptance to each individual reader.

Keywords: John 3:16, gift, gratuitous, donative intent, delivery, acceptance, Gospel, eternal life, Jesus Christ, God, grace, Billy Graham, Tim Tebow, Christian, Bible, property, law, Liberty

Suggested Citation

Lucas, Tory L., The Greatest Gift (Spring 2014). Liberty Legal Journal, Spring 2014, Available at SSRN:

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