DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I think Ive heard you say that salvation is a free gift, but how can that be? Doesnt God expect us to try to get our lives in order before hell let us into heaven? J.G.
By BILLY GRAHAM
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DEAR J.G.: The Bible is clear: God offers us our eternal salvation as a free gift and this is a wonderful truth that I hope youll come to understand.
Let me explain it this way. Not too many weeks ago, we celebrated Christmas, and if youre like most people you probably received a number of gifts. How much did you pay for them?
I suspect youre smiling at my question because you know you didnt pay anything for them, no matter how costly they were. Someone else paid for them, and they gave them to you freely and without charge.
The same is true with our salvation. We couldnt pay for it; the cost is too high. In addition, Gods standard is nothing less than perfection, and no matter how good we try to be, we can never be good enough.
But someone has already paid for it and that someone is Jesus Christ! He did for us what we could never do for ourselves, by taking upon himself the judgment that we deserve.
But what did you do with your Christmas gifts? Did you simply admire them and leave them under the tree? No, of course not. You reached out and received them, and thats what we must do with Jesus.
Dont trust your own good works or doubt what he has done for you, but reach out and by faith receive him into your life today. The Bible says, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).
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