But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Romans 5:15-17
Free will brought sin and death into this world and free will brought salvation and righteousness back to the world. Adam freely chose to disobey God and in his disobedience brought death and a separation from God to all his descendents. Adam was created without a sin nature just as Satan was. Both chose to disobey God and this disobedience led to sin.
Then God came down to earth, took on flesh and freely chose a death on a cross as payment for the sins of the world. Just as Adam freely chose to sin, Jesus freely chose to pay the price for sin. This death allows each of us to be reconciled with God. Our eternal salvation cost us nothing, it is a free gift from God.
When someone gives us a gift we have two choices. We can either accept the gift or reject it. What we don’t do is pay for it. Yet, too many want to somehow pay for the gift of God’s grace. In doing so they actually are saying that Jesus’ death and resurrection were not enough to get us into heaven. Many have to do something in addition to merit salvation. So they end up with a Jesus and… salvation. It becomes Jesus and works or Jesus and tithing. Maybe Jesus and attending church on certain days but it is always Jesus and something else.
We tend to think of free things as not worth much, but sometimes we get something for free not because it is not worth much but because we could never afford to pay for it ourselves. God’s grace is like that, priceless.
Have a blessed day,