Free…..there’s not a person that I know that doesn’t like to receive something for free. I looked up the definition of the word “free” on dictionary.com and found 49 definitions for this one little four letter word! I think the one that we identify with the most is “without cost, payment, or charge”. But is it really free? To the recipient yes, but to the giver there is a cost.
The Scriptures record salvation as God’s gift to man. It is free for the taking; the receiver of that gift is given eternal life with no strings, no cost, no payment or charge. But what about God, the Giver? It cost Him all of Heaven as He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the cost of that free gift.
Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but make Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
The “free” gift that you and I have been offered for eternal life cost Jesus His life…..He gave that we might receive!
Free….another definition “enjoying personal rights or liberty, as a person who is not in slavery”. This gift of salvation that Jesus gave His life for has released us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of God. (Colossians 1:13) The price He paid for our free gift gave us “personal rights or liberty, as a person who is not in slavery”. Wow! Satan no longer has a hold on us! He has no legal right to exercise his authority or power over us! What a price Jesus paid for us to walk in freedom! Again, free to the recipient!
How about this definition of free: exempt from external authority, interference, restriction, etc., as a person or one’s will, thought, choice, action, etc.; independent; unrestricted. The recipient of God’s free gift of salvation is free from external authority, interference or restriction. Jesus said it this way: “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36) There is no external authority that can take the place of the freedom that we have in Christ Jesus! There are those around the world that would like to impose their will’s over ours, but He has made us free from the force of another’s will! That’s freedom in it’s fullest; to be free to follow Him and not another person, ideology or culture. We are free to be God’s children, to hear His voice and to walk in His ways, rather than to be servants of those who would try to control us and force us to serve them or a dead god that they have idolized!
Free….given readily or in profusion; unstinted. God’s provision, His gift of salvation was given readily or in profusion! It is like an all-expense paid trip! Nothing was left out. God gave His best that you and I might receive the fullness of all that He is and has! It’s not just a ticket to heaven, it’s an all expense paid trip through life including eternity. Life goes on and on and on! The benefit package that we have in Christ Jesus is referred to as His “covenant” of promises. Hebrews 8:6 describes Jesus as the “Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises”. Colossians 1:20 says that “the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” These promises include freedom from demonic oppression, sickness, financial dis-ease! Jesus said that the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but that He came to give us life and that more abundantly! (John 10:10) You can look at the life of Jesus and see the provision that God has made available to His children. Hebrews 1:3 says that Jesus is the “express image of His person”, or of God. When we see Him going about healing and delivering people we see the will of God in action. When He preaches that the kingdom of God is at hand and that we need to repent or “turn around” it is God speaking through Him for us to turn our lives over to Him, to be saved. This world is just a chapter of life and God has provided for all our needs here on earth, but there is a life after the death that we experience here on earth that goes on throughout eternity. Provision has been made for all of life, in the here and now and in the hereafter!
1 John 5:11, 12 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life.
Eternal life as defined by dictionary.com is “life without beginning or end”. It is also described as “everlasting life”. Eternal life will be experienced by both those who know Jesus as Savior and Lord and those who don’t. The difference is in the quality of the life that they will experience. When the Bible says that those who have the Son have life it is referring to having that great salvation that Jesus died to give us because it is rooted and continued in the relationship that we have with Him. Having the Son is described in Scripture as being “in Him” or “in Christ Jesus”. The first chapter of Ephesians gives us a lot of “in Him” examples: “just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world…” (vs. 4); “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins…” (vs. 7); “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance…” (vs. 11). Verse 13, 14 of that chapter give us the key to being “In Him”: In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
God chose you to be His before the foundation of the world. His intention was that you might have the freedom that He sent Jesus to die to purchase for you. He desires that you might live forever in His presence, to enjoy the fullness of all that He died to give you. It is a free gift to you, but it cost Him all of Heaven! Will you receive it or will you live your life eternally separated from Him? You are free to make the choice and your choice determines how you will live in your earthly life and throughout eternity.
John 1:12, 13 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Romans 10:12, 13 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
God has given each one of us an opportunity to be “free”. It is in calling on the name of the Lord, in receiving Jesus as the supreme sacrifice that paid the price for our salvation. Will you choose to be free today?
Father, I pray for those who have not made that choice to be free, that have not prayed to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord. I pray that today they will make that decision to pray and ask Jesus into their hearts to be their own personal Savior and Lord. Father, open their eyes to see the goodness that You have made available to them through the crucifixion of Jesus. Pull down the blinders that Satan has hung over their minds that has blinded them to the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ and bring them to salvation. May today be their day of salvation!
And for those who are not walking in the fullness of the freedom that You have provided I pray that they will search out Your word and see the promises that You have given to them for an abundant life in this earthly realm as well as in eternity. May they know the truth so that the truth can set them free! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.