• Glory Barn Branson

“Free Gift”

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God [that is, His remarkable overwhelming gift of grace to believers] is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom. 6:23 Amp. Bible

The free gift of God, many translations just render this “the gift” of God. They feel it redundant to emphasize that the gift is free seeing that it is a gift and as a gift it can only be free. The word “gift” here is translated from the Greek word “charisma” which is from the Greek word “charis” (grace), which would translate “gracious gift”. Now the gift itself is Eternal Life and it is found in Christ Jesus. Pause and think upon this amazing gift and that there is nothing that can be compared to this gift. Bill Gates or Elon Musk could not buy this gift (you know they would if they could) with ALL their wealth. It is Free to those who believe in Jesus the Christ. Thank you Jesus. It wasn’t free to Him, but it is free to you. He paid for it so that you might have it and He offers it as a gift to you. Take it from His hands, receive it and say, Thank You!

In this season of gift giving I thought it appropriate to touch on the subject of giving gifts. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35. See if you can, (you may find this hard), give a gift without any self interest or completely without any self benefit. With no expectation of return, try to accomplish something that is “pure” benevolence. You can’t tell anyone you did it or talk about having done it. Like I said you may find it harder than you think. You get no earthly credit for it. Jesus laid down His life for all, the ones who appreciated it and the ones who could care less. Rom. 5:8. Think about it and get back to me. You might just change a life.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Pastor Rusty

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