Luckey Baptist Church
Monday, November 19, 2018
Knowing Christ, Growing Together, Making a Difference for Eternity

God's Free Gift

Q: I've heard preachers say that God gives us salvation as a free gift. But if that's true, then why doesn't God go ahead and give it to everyone? I guess I don't really understand this.

A: One of the Bible’s greatest truths is that God offers us our salvation as a free gift. It isn’t something we can buy, nor is it something we can earn by our own good works. The Bible puts it this way: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

But the Bible also tells us two important truths about God’s gift of salvation. First, it tells us that it is a costly gift. Think of it this way. Suppose you wanted to express your love for someone by giving them a very fine gift. What would you have to do? Well, you’d first have to go to the store and buy it—and the finer the gift, the more it would cost you. To your friend, it’s a free gift, but it wasn’t free on your part.

The same is true with God’s gift of salvation. To us it’s free, but it cost God the life of His Son. The reason is because on the cross, Jesus Christ became the final sacrifice for our sins. He paid for our salvation with His blood.

But the Bible also tells us a second truth: Like any other gift, God’s gift of salvation doesn’t become ours until we accept it. Just as we can refuse the gift someone offers us, so we can refuse God’s gift of salvation. But why would we? Don’t let this happen to you, but by faith reach out and accept Christ into your life today.

You can know Christ today.


 STEP 1

God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

 Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” — a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10).

 

 

Step 2

Here's the problem: man is sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the bible calls “sin.”

The bible says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God
(Romans 6:23).

 THE GOOD NEWS?


STEP 3

God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever.

 “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

 But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives!

“Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

 Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). 

 
STEP 4

Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude .

 

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