Costly—and Yet Free
the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification
of life. Rom. 5:18.
buy it, intellect cannot grasp it, power cannot command it; but to all who
will accept it, God’s glorious grace is freely given. But men may feel
their need, and, renouncing all self-dependence, accept salvation as a gift.
Those who enter heaven will not scale its walls by their own righteousness,
nor will its gates be opened to them for costly offerings of gold or silver,
but they will gain an entrance to the many mansions of the Father’s
house through the merits of the cross of Christ.
men, the highest consolation, the greatest cause of rejoicing, is that Heaven
has given Jesus to be the sinner’s Saviour. . . . He offered to go over
the ground where Adam stumbled and fell; to meet the tempter on the field
of battle, and conquer him in man’s behalf. Behold Him in the wilderness
of temptation. Forty days and forty nights He fasted, enduring the fiercest
assaults of the powers of darkness. He trod the “winepress alone; and
of the people there was none with” Him (Isa. 63:3). It was not for Himself,
but that He might break the chain that held the human race in slavery to Satan.
in His humanity sought strength from His Father, that He might be enabled
to endure trial and temptation, so are we to do. We are to follow the example
of the sinless Son of God. Daily we need help and grace and power from the
Source of all power. We are to cast our helpless souls upon the One who is
ready to help us in every time of need. Too often we forget the Lord. Self
gives way to impulse, and we lose the victories that we should gain.
If we are overcome let us not delay to repent, and to accept the pardon that
will place us on vantage ground. If we repent and believe, the cleansing power
from God will be ours. His saving grace is freely offered. His pardon is given
to all who will receive it. . . . Over every sinner that repents the angels
of God rejoice with songs of joy. Not one sinner need be lost. Full and free
is the gift of saving grace.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 209, 210.