Free, but not cheap!
Your salvation is a gift freely given and received from God,
but it is not cheap. It is the most expensive gift you will ever receive.
God comes and offers us
free salvation. But He does not change His standard. He remains a
righteous and holy God.
How could it be possible that Jesus Christ could
die as a substitute for my penalty as a sinner? It is because He is the
infinite God, not a sinful man, that He could die for an infinite number
of sinners. Because He is God He could pay the eternal punishment for
all of our sins.
Second Corinthians 5:21 tells us it was not enough
that He should only die and pay the penalty of our sins, but that His
perfect righteousness would be counted in God's eyes as our
righteousness. All of the pure righteousness of Jesus Christ is now
available through Him to the believing sinner.
Based upon the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ,
God can now come and offer the great invitation to all sinners to come
and join Him in heaven.
How do I know that this is absolute truth? Look at
the empty tomb! Christ is alive! The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the
proof that God is eternally satisfied with the sacrifice of His Son on
Now you and I can take the righteousness of God and go boldly or trembling to the scales
of justice and put it over against all the perfection God has demanded
and that He must demand. The balance is immediately made. The Christian
believer stands before God justified. God can never have anything
against you and me forever.
You are justified when you trust in that perfect righteousness of
Jesus Christ, rather than in your own self-righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21). You will never be
justified in the eyes of God if you cling to your own good works.
We can sing with great profound theology: "Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling."
We are justified by faith alone, through grace alone, in Jesus Christ
However, we are not justified by a faith that is alone.
Therefore, if you really go to that cross, believing in the saving work
of Christ, you
will be abounding in the works of the Lord.
If our salvation is received as a free gift someone had to pay for
it. Since you and I did not, who did?
The apostle Paul tells us that Jesus Christ redeemed us, not with
perishable things like silver and gold, but with precious blood, as of a lamb
unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ (1 Pet. 1:19).
Our salvation is an expensive gift which we do not
deserve and cannot merit! We were redeemed
meaning to release, to purchase a release by a ransom, to deliver by the payment of a
price. Our spiritual freedom was purchased with the great payment of the blood of Jesus
Christ. Thus, the grace that saves us is not cheap.
The blood of Jesus is precious. It is of great value,
precious to God. The most precious thing to God is the blood of His Son Jesus.
Therefore, how precious you and I are to Him!
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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