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 Category:  Spiritual Non-Fiction
  Posted: February 3, 2020      Views: 38

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A Son or a Servant? Which is it?
"Is Salvation Really Free ?" by Deniz22

QUESTION: Is salvation really free? It sounds like one has to give up their life to be saved, so isn't that a price on salvation after all?

Excellent questions which I am quite sure many "followers" of Christ will leap on to assure you unless you give your life to Jesus you are not saved.

In addition, if you do not FULLY believe Jesus you are not saved. And if you don't first realize what a worthless piece of ignorant human flesh you are, you can't be saved.

This practice is called "front loading the Gospel" which means adding unscriptural conditions to the Biblical command to simply believe Jesus.

It's motto is "Jesus saves!+(the right kind of people).

Usually, this twisted theology, known as Lordship Salvation, includes back-loading the Gospel as well.

This means as soon as you check all the boxes to become saved, you must put on your soldier uniform and take a position in the front lines of the spiritual battle with no thought of ever quitting, or you are not saved.

Apparently, these "teachers" have never read the record of Peter's painful spiritual progress from ignorant fisherman to humble Apostle!

Let's get some spiritual confidence re salvation by seeing what Jesus said about this all important subject in the scriptures.

In John 4, Jesus goes out of His way, walking many miles in the hot sun, to meet a sinful woman at Jacob's well.

Let's draw near and listen closely to what He first says to her (and let us stand next to her as those who need to hear as well) about salvation.

"A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink." For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him,

"How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."
John 4:7-10 New King James Version

Please understand, "living water" was commonly known as any water which was moving, as a spring or a river. But here Jesus is giving it a spiritual meaning as the description often represents the Holy Spirit of God in the Bible.

How was she to get God in her life, according to Jesus? She was simply to ASK Him and He would then GIVE the Spirit to her!

Friends, Jesus died for our sins so He could GIVE away eternal life to anyone who would simply ask Him.

So say many other scriptures: "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13 New King James Version

Can it REALLY be that easy? Well, how hard is it to ask for a gift and then receive it?

The rest of the interview with this dear woman was to correct her incorrect thinking based on her previous spiritual instruction.

Her reluctance might have come from thinking, if this prophet knew I have been married 5 times and am now living in sin with a man, He would not be talking like this to me.

To her amazement, it turns out He not only knew all about her, He was far more than a Prophet, He is the Messiah, the Anointed One, the Son of the Living God who can forgive sins on earth! She then ran to tell others and her whole town got salvation after listening to Jesus for two days.

Who are you listening to for instruction in the unseen things of God?

Only when we realize salvation is a free gift paid for by Jesus can we truly sacrifice our own lives to Christ for His use in saving the world.

A gift must be received as a gift or it is no gift. A sacrifice must be freely given to be a sacrifice. A sacrifice cannot be a payment or given under constraint, or it loses it's true meaning.

As sinners we are invited to ask Jesus for His salvation. As saved people, we are instructed to grow in grace and understanding of what Christ has done for us and what pleases Him.

The way for this to happen is by taking in the Word of God as true food for our soul as we securely revel in the amazing love of God in Christ.

Author Notes
Romans 11:6 (NKJV)
6 And if (salvation is) by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.
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