A Free Gift
A "Free Gift" from God to YOU
- "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned —
- (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
- Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life." (Romans 5:12-18)
One of the primary words that God uses in the Scriptures to describe His salvation is the word "gift." The fact that this word is used so often teaches us some significant things about how a person gets to heaven.
"Free Gift" means God paid for salvation
The priceless gift of salvation that God offers to all people was purchased "with the precious blood of Christ" (1 Peter 1:18,19). It cost God the sacrifice of His only begotten Son, who died on Calvary's cross for our sins and rose again. Though the richest of men on earth could never pay salvation's cost, God now makes it available to rich and poor alike as a free gift:
- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
"Free Gift" means we cannot earn salvation
- "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Trying to pay someone for something that was given as a gift would be considered an offense. So it is an offense to God when people reject His free gift of eternal life by trying to earn salvation with their good works.
"Free Gift" means the believer is saved forever
- Jesus says, "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand" (John 10:28).
Just as a true gift will never be asked back, so the free gift of salvation, once it is received, can never be taken away from us.
This "Free Gift" must be received
- "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name" (John 1:12).
Since a gift does not belong to the receiver until it is first accepted, so God's gift must also be "received." Salvation is a gift and therefore is not a process. You do not become saved over a period of time, but rather at the moment you accept the free gift by trusting Jesus Christ alone for salvation.
Jesus died on the cross to pay the debt for sin that you owe. If you realize that you are a sinner and that you are not worthy of being saved, then you are ready to be saved. All you must do to receive this gift is call upon the Lord.
- Romans 10:13 says, "Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
- Jesus promises "the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out" (John 6:37).
If you have never received the free gift of eternal life, confess your sins to God and ask Jesus to be your Savior now.
Take this gift in faith, believing Jesus Christ died for your sins. Then you will be able to say,
- "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" (2 Corinthians 9:15).
Then you will know the gift of God is able to meet every need of your soul and fill your life with peace, joy, and every good gift and every perfect gift from above (John 4:10-14; James 1:17).
[Bible quotes are from the New King James version, emphasis added.]