A Free Gift?
This immeasurable sacrifice that God and Jesus
made...was given to us as a gift. We didn't earn it
or deserve it. Jesus died for us even though we were
still enemies of God. A free and undeserved gift is
called grace (literally defined as unmerited favor).
Will We Choose to Accept or Reject this Gift?
Gifts can be accepted or rejected. Jesus gave us
the free will to decide whether or not we want to
accept this gift.
What does the Bible say that we must do to
accept this gift? There are many things to
consider...and we will focus the balance of this
lesson on these things given in scripture. It
is important that you complete the
What Must We Do? Let us first look at our
relationship to Jesus and the gospel:
Paul, writing to Christians, says in Romans 10:8-10:
But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your
mouth and in your heart"-- that is, the word of
faith which we are preaching, that if you confess
with your mouth Jesus as Lord*, and believe in your
heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall
be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting
in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses,
According to Romans 10:8-10, as we begin to
accept the gospel...how does our relationship with
Jesus and the gospel message change?
Jesus is no longer just a name out of
history. Jesus becomes the true Lord* of
that person's life and that person confesses
this fact. The gospel message is not just viewed
as some event in history, but it is truly
believed in the heart of that person.
People now call Jesus their Lord, but
don't necessarily have to obey what Jesus says.
People now call Jesus their Lord,
even though they really don't believe that He
died, was buried, and then rose from the grave