The Salvation Equation

A (Your Part)  +  B (God’s Part)  =  C (Eternal Life)

7. The Free Gift of Eternal Life

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Have You Received The Free Gift Of Eternal Life?

Here’s another modern day church question we hear trumpeted repeatedly these days … “Have you received the free gift of eternal life?”  But what in the world does that mean!  How does one DO that?

Listen, simply put, term “B” in the Salvation Equation was/is the FREE GIFT!  The Apostle John wrote it like this: “For God so loved the world that He GAVE His only begotten son …” (John 3:16).  Do you understand?  No one made God, no one forced God, no one cajoled God, God CHOSE FREELY to send His sinless son, Jesus Christ, into the world to pay sin’s death sentence.  And in so doing, term “B” in the Salvation Equation became a reality!  Jesus Christ’s “death” now sits there AVAILABLE to ANYONE in the world as the payment price for the sins they’ve committed.  Put another way, this simply means EVERYONE in the world has the potential to be “forgiven of their sins” through Christ Jesus’ redemptive work, and thus to obtain eternal life.  And that AVAILABILITY of “forgiveness for sins” was God’s FREE GIFT to mankind, through Christ Jesus our Lord, as Paul wrote: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).  Pretty cool, huh?

Well, some may say … if it’s a GIFT, then why do I have to DO something to get it (eternal life)?  Look, it’s like this analogy … I’m GIVING you a GIFT of one million dollars, but I’m putting it in a safety deposit box in a bank in Anchorage, Alaska, so you’ll have to GO and GET it.  Do you understand?  Is my one million dollars now NOT a gift, because you have to travel to get it?  Are you kidding?  Of course my money is a gift, for you did NOTHING to earn it or make me give it to you.  I FREELY chose to GIVE you a GIFT of a million bucks!  BUT, again, you will have to DO something to obtain it … namely, travel to Alaska.  Likewise, God’s GIFT is eternal life (forgiveness of sins) through Christ Jesus our Lord, but you WILL have to DO something to get (obtain) it.

So, again, what do WE (as human beings) have to DO to obtain (or “receive”) this “forgiveness for sins” and obtain eternal life?  Say it with me … TERM “A” in the Salvation Equation!!!  REPENT!!!  Continually keep God’s 10 Love Commandments)!!!  NOTHING ELSE will work!  So I ask you, is THIS what a modern day churchgoer is asking of YOU when they ask, “Have you RECEIVED the free gift of salvation?”  Or are they wondering whether or not you have walked up in front of a church at one time or another, somewhere back in your life, and said some prayer?  Sadly, I think the latter is almost always the case!  And thus, this question has become yet another product of incorrect, modern day, hell-leading, salvational church doctrine.


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