They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Romans 3;24
Have you ever paid for the person behind you in line at the drive through at Starbucks? Have you ever had someone do that for you? Imagine, you drive up to the window with your debit card out, ready to pay what you owe, only to find out that someone has already paid ??? Whaaaat???? SAAAWEET! For a coffee enthusiast such as myself, this would be a day maker.
You know, the Christian faith is kind of like that. Jesus paid what we owed, and we just accept the gift. It’s one of the major differences between Christianity and other world religions. In Christianity, we are redeemed because of what Jesus did for us, He paid the price for our sin. The Bible says..we are saved by faith and not by works so that no one can boast….we can only boast in the sacrifice Christ made for us, not in how good we are. I feel that people sometimes misunderstand Christianity. Christianity is not an exclusive religion that seeks to leave people out…rather it’s the most inclusive, …whosoever- will -may- come belief system. Christianity is the most inclusive religion. The Bible says that “God is no respecter of persons”, we’re all the same to God. God’s desire is that none should perish (spend eternity separated from Him…hell). It was for freedom that Christ has set us free, not to be shackled up to “am I good enough?” doubts for the rest of our lives. But rather, God made a way for us to know that we will spend eternity with Him in Heaven….by accepting the free gift of salvation. This frees us from wondering if we’ve done enough good to outweigh the bad, have we met the obligations, rituals and other hoops that man erects. Men go to work to complicate it, but God’s plan to make a way for us to spend eternity with Him ( Heaven) is really simple.
Now, don’t mistake free with cheap, that would be missing a huge part of this whole thing.. .God demonstrates His great love for His creation, by offering His one and only, dearest, son for us. Jesus’ gift to us cost Him everything, yet is completely free to us.
Rejecting God’s free gift would be silly… it would be kind of like pulling up the the drive thru window and the guy says…”someone has paid for your coffee and you say ….”hmmmmm let me think about that… um, no thanks, I’ll just pay for it myself. ” That’d be crazy right?? After we accept God’s free gift, then we live out the Faith, powered up by God’s spirit, it’s a very cool thing. Not cheap, no, it cost Jesus everything….. but completely free to us….to ALL of us.