He paid a debt He did not owe.
I owed a debt I could not pay!
And I got Jesus to wash my sins away!
Freely Jesus gives to me, and this I know with all my heart. Salvation is a free gift from God (Hallelujah!), and you must not insult Him by trying to earn it!
I cannot earn my salvation, and neither can you. By definition, it cannot be earned. There is no such thing as working your way to heaven. All your best works on their best day are just filthy rags that can never measure up, never satisfy the debt. But praise God, we have Jesus, who pays our way for us. A perfect sacrifice upon whom you can depend, and on whom you must learn to depend despite your fleshly impulses to the contrary. You will never make it on your own strength. You must be “empowered” by the Holy Spirit to learn dependence on Jesus to pay your debt or you cannot be saved.
This is the core of the message my church lives by. It is the reason we exist. And if I had not learned this gospel message, I would be a damned sinner bound for hell today! This gospel practically is the law of grace.
It is so easy to get entangled in the flesh and fall into sin. It is so easy to fall into a fleshly mindset and try to work your way to heaven. To try and make it so God owes you salvation, but that is a lie. It is the devil’s lie, and it entraps you and makes you into a pharisaic legalist that does not have the Spirit of God who is fit only for hell.
That’s why I thank God we are not legalists!
(Of course none of this applies to benevolence and charity programs, you know… No. Of course not. These people need to work their way out of poverty, and we mustn’t deprive them of their dignity by “enabling” them in their laziness and addiction. If you’re not careful you will create dependence that will harm both them and you, and you sure don’t want that! Jesus doesn’t want THAT! They must learn to appreciate the value of a dollar… of an honest day’s work. You know… like the rest of us. Ain’t nuthin’ in this life comes free! If it seems too good to be true; it probably is. Suckers and sloths fall for that gimmick, but if we are to bring Jesus to the poor, the broken, the sick and homeless, then we must tell them to GET A JOB! It’s like the law of gravity; if you wanna get right with God, you can’t break it.)
But thank God WE aren’t legalists!
***DISCLAIMER: (For those reading here who haven’t figured it our yet… Yes. This entire post (from start to finish) is facetious, and does not reflect my true beliefs AT ALL.)***