Romans 5:15-18, “But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence 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 offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”
I really love this passage of Scripture. In our text passage we find the following phrases:
- free gift
- gift by grace
- the gift
- free gift
- gift of righteousness
- free gift
Amen! The word gift is mentioned six times in these four Bible verses. I love those two words: “free gift,” which is mentioned THREE TIMES! Could the Bible be any plainer that getting born-again is a “free gift”? I think not.
I was watching Roku today, which falsely claims to be “free.” It is not truly “free,” because they require YOU to watch 4 to 5 commercials every several minutes. That is NOT free, because something is required of YOU. if you want to watch movies on Roku, then you are required to watch their commercials. You cannot skip them. I turn my volume down and surf my mobile phone while waiting. I HATE their stupid commercials.
As a side note, Microsoft is now airing Spanish commercials only on Roku, with no English at all. I think that is very unethical, wrong and shameful, dishonoring the American people. Historically, English is the language of the land, not Spanish! It is bad enough that our ungodly government has allowed 50,000,000 illegal immigrants to flood illegally into our country since 1970, but now big companies are catering to them, so much so that they don't even broadcast commercials in English anymore! That is treason! When the Black Lives Matter mob was burning and terrorizing cities across America in 2020, dozens of ungodly stupid big U.S. corporations donated BILLIONS of dollars to their wicked cause, to defund the police. Unreal!
I digress. Back to the subject of this blog. I have noticed while listening to proponents of the “turn from your sins” heresy, Calvinism and Lordship Salvation, that they avoid using the Biblical word “gift.” It is not difficult to understand why, because their errant mindset is to focus on what MAN must do to be saved, instead of focusing on what CHRIST has already done through Calvary's cross to pay for our sins.
YOU have no function in God's simple plan of salvation. Our part is only to simple BELIEVE. We must cease from our own works, and rest in the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ. To be saved, you simply get out of the way and let Christ do the saving, all of it! You can be assured of this dear reader—that whatever changes God wants to see happen in your life, as His child, He will attend to that. God is not an absent parent (Hebrews 12:6-8).
The Holy Bible teaches clearly that eternal life is a “free gift.” Salvation is not a reward for the righteous, it is a gift for the guilty! Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith. Turning away from sinful ways would be a work. Faith puts all of the merit where it belongs, on the object of our faith, Jesus and His work. If to “repent” means to forsake our sinful ways TO BE SAVED, but Jesus already paid for our sins by dying on the cross, then what are we repenting from?
The true Gospel always points you to CHRIST; a false gospel always points to YOU.
Years ago I saw a bank sign which offered a “gift,” for anyone who opened a new bank account. Is that really a “gift”? No, it couldn't be a gift, because something is required of you to obtain it. If you must turn away from sins to be saved, then eternal life cannot be a gift. In fact, it would be a REWARD instead. But salvation is not a reward for the righteous, it is a gift for the guilty! You and I are GUILTY sinners in the sight of our holy God (Romans 3:19-23).
The inspired King James Bible reads: “Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6b). That means you friend! That means me! We are all ungodly sinners, deserving of eternal punishment in Hell's fire and torment (Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8). God's precious gift of forgiveness of sins and eternal life is a “free gift.” You don't earn it. You don't forsake a lifestyle of sinning to qualify to receive it. You don't live a holy life to prove that you have received it. It is a “free gift.” God even added the word “free,” so that no one could falsely claim that a gift must be earned.
Therefore, Roku are liars! Movies are not free on Roku, you are paying for them with your time! Any good businessman will tell you: “Time is money!” Roku is requiring your time, to watch their commercials, for which you are being paid with watching their movies. A gift by every definition of the word means something given without obligation or compensation.
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