Salvation Is A Free Gift

Sunday, January 16, 2011 , , , 1 Comments

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Salvation is a word we use for being set free from the effects and the penalty of sin. It includes being delivered from the dominion of the devil. It was purchased for us by Jesus Christ through giving His own life at Calvary, as our substitute.

Salvation is not something you earn, but a free gift from God totally by His grace.

Humans have invented many religions with all kinds of rules, trying to make themselves acceptable to God. But being right with God is not something we can achieve by our own efforts. God loved us so much that He accomplished it for us, and provides it as a free gift available to all who receive Jesus.

The Bible tells us we will be rewarded for the good we do. But it is not by doing good deeds, performing certain rituals, or by keeping a list of rules, that we are saved from sin and its effects. Salvation and having a home in Heaven are not rewards -- they are gifts.

ROMANS 3:21-24 NLT
21 But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago.
22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard.
24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

You cannot earn salvation and being right with God. You can only receive it as a gift of love from God. It comes in the form of a Divine Person, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Outside of union with Jesus Christ, there is no salvation.

12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved."


Gary said...

FAITH: the little word that prevents evangelicals from understanding that "free" really does mean FREE!

If you are sitting in your living room, watching television, and you see a promotion for entering a contest to win a "free" prize, but down at the very bottom of the television screen, for maybe two seconds, in small, faint print, you read this statement: "$15 entrance fee required" this prize really free?

No. Why? Because you had to do something to receive it!

If you go on vacation to a luxury resort and are told that the resort is giving away a free steak and lobster dinner...and all that you have to do to receive this free dinner is to sit through an hour and a half time-share that steak and lobster dinner really free?

No. Why? Because you had to do something to receive it!

So when an evangelical Christian tells you that salvation is a free gift, and that all you have to do to receive it, is to make a free-will, mature, informed, adult or older child “decision” that a free gift?

No. Why?!

So why do so many evangelicals require a decision if they believe that salvation is a free gift from God; when they believe that salvation is not based on any good work or good deed of the sinner???