Salvation Is A Free Gift
Rom 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NKJV)
Salvation means to be delivered from sin and its consequences, preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss. It was purchased for us by Jesus Christ through giving His own life at Calvary, as our substitute.
Salvation is not something you earn, but a free gift from God totally by His grace. Money can’t buy it. Man’s righteousness can’t earn it. Social prestige can’t help you acquire it. Morality can’t purchase it. It is, as Isaiah said in chapter 55, “without money and without price.”
God holds in His omnipotent hand the priceless, precious, eternal gift of salvation, and He bids you to take it without money and without price. The best things in life are usually free, are they not? The air we breathe is not sold by the cubic metre. The water which flows from the mountain stream is free. Love is free, faith is free, hope is free.
Humans have invented many religions with all kinds of rules, trying to make themselves acceptable to God. But being right with God is not something we can achieve by our own efforts. God loved us so much that He accomplished it for us, and provides it as a free gift available to all who receive Jesus.
The Bible tells us we will be rewarded for the good we do. But it is not by doing good deeds, performing certain rituals, or by keeping a list of rules, that we are saved from sin and its effects. Salvation and having a home in Heaven are not rewards - they are gifts.
God gives everyone an opportunity to be saved. He doesn’t want anyone to perish.
2 Peter 3:9 - The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
The thing to know and remember is that God loves everyone but it is us who reject Him. We must come to the knowledge of what Jesus did for us, repent (turn away) from our sin and accept Him for us to be saved.