A Free Gift

Duane Vander Klok

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.
But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.

Romans 5:12,15

When sin entered the world through Adam, it created a chasm between God and man. Adam was the first representative of mankind, and through him we lost our connection to God. The sin of man separated us from the righteousness of God.

But God would not be kept from His children. He sent a second representative who was blameless and pure to bridge that gap for us. See, we could not reach God by ourselves— the chasm was too deep and there was no path back to righteousness. But through the second, and last, representative—Jesus—we now have a bridge back to the Father.

The devil may have tried to destroy our connection with God through Adam and sin, but what God did to restore that connection was so much greater! The free gift of salvation was not like the offense of sin because salvation holds so much power. Salvation offers a relationship with God Almighty, the creator of the universe!

Remember that salvation is not passed down to you like the sin of Adam was. You are not saved because your parents took you to church or because you know about Jesus; you have to accept the free gift. Establishing a relationship with God and choosing Him as the Lord of your life is a choice, or an action, you need to initiate.

God is a meticulous planner. He made a way to reconnect with His children even after we were separated from Him, and He will follow through on every promise. His plans will not be broken or unfulfilled, thwarted or forgotten.

That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9

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