"The Gift of God is Eternal Life" Meaning
Paul says that the wage we deserve is death. It is only by God’s grace through the death and resurrection of Christ that we can hope for anything but death. Through Christ we are given a gift of eternal life. The only way to escape our sin is through Christ, and because it is a gift, it is incredibly simple to receive:
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
Paul makes a strong contrast between what we deserve and what we have been given. What we deserve, and what we have earned, is sin and death.
A gift is not something we deserve or have earned, but rather something that is given to us out of love and grace especially when we don’t deserve it.
We only receive life and hope and peace in Christ through a gift freely given by the grace of God. Jesus paid sin’s penalty of death on the cross in our place. This turns our attitude from complaining about what we deserve to one of thankfulness for what we have been given that we could never deserve.
Because of Jesus, we can know what love looks like. We can know what grace looks like. We can know what eternal life looks like.
We can live a life better than we could ever hope to deserve, a life that is abundant regardless of circumstance and filled with grace and thanks.
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Jason Soroski is a homeschool dad and author of A Journey to Bethlehem: Inspiring Thoughts for Christmas and Hope for the New Year. He serves as worship pastor at Calvary Longmont in Colorado and spends his weekends exploring the Rocky Mountains with his family. Connect on Twitter, Instagram, or at JasonSoroski.net.