Is the "free gift" of salvation really free? - Honestly?

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Brakelite

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Forgive me if I've missed it, but it appears that everyone is overlooking something. Everyone's favourite scripture tells us the cost.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son...,"

There you have it. Salvation costs us nothing. But it cost God everything.
 
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Was that really ALL that God had? A son, nothing else?

Is that it? Nothing expected from us? Life goes on as usual?

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Oh, we need to die also. But all we are sacrificing is crap lives lived for selfish pleasure and useless ambition. Compared to what God sacrificed.... Redemption costs us nothing. Ultimate salvation is another story.
 
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Nothing expected from us?

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God expects us to learn some Bible.

For example..

Hebrews 13:9 and Romans 3:21-28.

God expects us to understand that we didnt save ourselves and once we are saved, we still can't do it.

That is : Understanding #1,..... and most never comprehend it, and that is why they are "confessing sin" and live AS this verse..

= Hebrews 6:1.
 

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This is the evangelical bait-and-switch.
Where's the ethics in that? Should people be tricked into the kingdom?

Do we lead someone to Christ and then cut them loose? Nope.
They need to be discipled, right?

So we pile on the expectations.
- Daily Bible reading and prayer.
- Regular church attendance and tithing.
- Sharing the Gospel.
- Discipling others.
- Good works.

So much for a free gift.
It's a free gift... it will cost you everything.

To anyone who may be insulted by this post, consider this...
Jesus said to count the cost, to take up the cross daily and follow.

When we lead with the "free gift" of eternal life, are we being completely honest?
"Here's your free gift; goodbye; see you in heaven."

Or if someone isn't interested in our "free gift",
we warn them that eternal hell fire awaits those who refuse the "free gift".

What sort of "free gift" is that? (extortion)
If someone gave you a costly exotic plant, that plant is a free gift.

If you did nothing with the plant, it would die.

Does that mean the plant cost you money?

Free of cost and free of effort are two separate things.

No matter what you have to do to fully enjoy the life of the plant and get the full benefits, that plant cost you zero dollars.

I agree that churches need to be more honest about the cost in terms of difficulty and effort. But salvation is still a free gift.
 
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Free of cost and free of effort are two separate things.

The Effort to save a Believer, is Christ on the Cross.

This is both the GIft and the Effort, combined.

Jesus is Salvation.

John 14:6

We can't "do that one".. but after we receive it, we can give God our LIVES, in appreciation, as Paul teaches this as our "reasonable service".

That is defined as : Discipleship.........not Salvation.