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We can begin a list like the air we breathe, scenes of beauty that we see, the gift of our Savior or the land we live in. Upon closer examination it becomes clear that it is a wonderful life, but you can't live for nothing. We need to pay taxes for services, we need to buy food to eat so that we are healthy, and travel can be costly. No doubt the greatest "free" gift ever given to mankind is the freedom Jesus Christ has given us (Galatians 5:1).

The free gift of grace through Christ is there for the taking—but only if we pay the cost. We need to believe in this gift, repent of our sins, be baptized and then live in a way that is pleasing to God. That was the direction given by Peter when he was asked what could be done (Acts 2:37-39). Everything has a cost and we are left to judge whether the price being asked is worth the cost we must pay. Eternal life certainly is worth all.

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  • Robert and Val

    Hello John - there is no problem in your words, however knowing that God wants everyone to be saved and He so love the whole world that He sent His Son -- shows that God offers eternal life -- but, as you correctly say, accepting or taking that offer does require all that you mentioned. In a short blurb like this, some things must be left to the understanding of the reader - such as "the cost" mentioned in the article. We are on the same page.

  • J G

    Comment was made saying: "...The free gift of grace through Christ is there for the taking—but only if we pay the cost. We need to believe in this gift, baptized and then live..." etc.
    Scriptures indicate God's free gift of grace is not available for the taking. God is love. God is give, and by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6), His will is accomplished through Jesus Christ: "But to us [there is but] one God, the Father, of whom [are] all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom [are] all things, and we by Him." I Cor 8:6
    Grace begins with God the Father, and not by an individual's taking, stealing, robbing anything "of God." Neither Christ nor God's liberty are available to an individual unless/until God the Father draws/drags (John 6:44, 12:32) one to Christ, but God the Father must always first initiate the process.
    "Pay the cost" does not enter the picture, and we may be confident that God "...which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ:" [{perform: or, finish }] Phil 1:6
    God's Spirit makes us: "...believe, according to the working of His mighty power, [{his mighty power: Gr. the might of His power}] Eph 1:19

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