Nothing in Life is Free
“For the wages of sin is death; but the GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Eternal life is a gift, complements of the Godhead, i.e., God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Nothing in this life is free, not even salvation. That’s right, not even salvation! Jesus paid a great price with His own precious blood. It is Jesus Who has the scars in His hands, feet, head, back and side. Jesus was beaten beyond recognition... “As many were astonished at thee; HIS VISAGE WAS SO MARRED more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men” (Isaiah 52:14)
Listen to the Prophetical Words of king David concerning
Jesus Christ... “For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have
inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all MY
BONES: THEY LOOK AND STARE UPON ME. They part my garments among them, and cast
lots upon my vesture” (Psalm 22:16-18). Jesus' skin had been torn right off His
bones. Perhaps this was from the cat-o-nine-tails whip (a whip with nine
strands of leather, each with a piece of glass, rock or jagged metal at the
end). Perhaps the bones Jesus spoke of were in His wrists, pulled apart by the
nails and the weight of His body hanging on the cross. Most of the pictures of
Jesus hanging on the cross show a little blood, but this is not accurate. Jesus
must have been bathed in blood from head to toe, hanging naked upon the cross
in shame for our sins.
The Roman soldiers ripped Jesus beard out, smote Him over
the head repeatedly with a rod to drive the crown of sharp thorns into his
scalp, He was physically beaten with their fists, stripped naked, spit upon,
scourged with a whip and mocked. Jesus did this for us because He loves us so.
Oh, yes my friend, Jesus paid a great price for your salvation. The gift of
eternal life which is freely offered to us cost God a great price. I bid you,
please do not say “no” to Jesus. The trifle sufferings of this life cannot be
compared to the eternal damnation of those who die in their sins without Christ
as Savior. Hell is forever. The sad thing is that no one needs to go to Hell,
Jesus has paid the price.
Eternal Life is Offered as a FREE GIFT to All Humanity
Eternal life is a gift. Even though a gift is free, it
MUST be accepted. If I buy someone a gift and place it under the Christmas
tree, the gift will sit there until someone claims it. Jesus has purchased you
a gift, it is sitting in Heaven with your name on it, but you MUST reach out by
faith and receive it. If you don’t, then it will go unclaimed. Eternal life is
a FREE gift from God... “But not as the offense, so also is the FREE GIFT.
For if through the offense of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and
the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by
one to condemnation, but the FREE GIFT is of many offenses unto
justification” (Romans 5:15,16). How much plainer could the Bible be concerning
the gift of eternal life?
Let’s say you go out and buy me a nice gift. When you
offer it to me, I open my wallet and try to pay you some money. You say, “no,
no, it’s a gift!” I continue to try to pay you for your gift, but you refuse.
This is no different than the person who seeks to impress God with their own
self-righteousness. Eternal life is a gift my friend and there’s nothing you
can do to buy it. If you try to earn it, then it is no longer a gift. You had better receive the gift of God, so that Christ's
righteousness will be imputed to your record. We need HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.