How can you understand that grace is a free gift from God?
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|Why is it important to be sure where you will spend eternity? Is the faith that people have in God going to get them into Heaven? Matthew 7 says, “I’m sorry. I never knew you,’ here’s what His message is.” What are two ways that Jesus talked about misplaced faith.
Copyright: 2003, Number of Programs: 4, Cat. No. YBS1
Keywords: Unmerited favor, Gift, grace
Ankerberg: Well, we have to talk about what grace is. Yes, it’s free to us. It’s a gift that God prepares and makes available to us. But, Erwin, it cost God a lot to provide this gift. You have a great story that has a lot of different angles that it hits. Tell us about grace via this story.
Lutzer: Well, there was a missionary who made friends with a Hindu. And the purpose of the friendship was, of course, because we respect one another, but also the missionary was trying to explain to the Hindu that salvation has to be a free gift. Maybe I should just pause there and emphasize why it has to be a free gift. It’s something to which we can make no contribution. And Jesus Christ paid it all. Now, the Hindu was not buying this because, in his mind, there had to be some works connected with it. But before the missionary left on a trip, the Hindu gave to this missionary one of the most beautiful pearls that anyone could ever possibly see. And the Hindu said, “This pearl was captured in the water by my son who drowned in the process.” And the missionary, who was so grateful, said, “Thank you very, very much. I’d like to pay you for this.”
And the Hindu, of course, was offended. “What do you mean, pay?! Is there any price that you could possibly put upon this pearl that cost me the death of my son?”
And then the Hindu began to understand. That’s why we can never pay God for what Jesus did for us on the cross. How can we even begin to pay for the love of God and the grace of God where Jesus would become a sacrifice for us and become our sin-bearer? And we’re going to be emphasizing that particularly in the next program, what that means. But how can we possibly pay God back? That’s why throughout all of eternity we’re going to be debtors to God. And that’s why I think Heaven is going to be so filled with praises is that we are going to see more beautifully than we can even imagine here on earth the fact that we were saved by God’s grace and entirely by God’s grace.