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2 comments Posted on July 3, 2012

The Price of Freedom

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1 KJV

The price of freedom is incalculable. Yet there is a price to be paid for it. Leaving their homes, their families and their friends, the men and women who have fought for our freedom have paid this price with their time, their energy and even with their lives.

The pursuit of freedom has been a constant theme throughout history. Yet one Man’s quest for His people’s freedom reigns above all others. Before America’s fight for freedom, one Man left His heavenly home and His Father God to willingly give His life to purchase freedom for all mankind. This Man did not come equipped with earthly weapons because rather than destroy His enemies, He came to die for them.

According to Romans 5:6-10, “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. . . . For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son” (NLT).

Because of God’s unfathomable love for us, God sent His Son to give His life for all who have sinned against Him. In other words, He died for all mankind. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” This means that everyone is a sinner, and because of our sin, we cannot measure up to a holy and righteous God.

According to Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Although the payment for our sin is death, Christ came to free us from the bondage of sin and give us life. I Corinthians 15:3b-4 says that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day. While we were still slaves to sin, Christ died to set us free. He did what we as slaves could not do for ourselves. He took our place and paid the penalty for our sins through His death on the cross.

Since Christ paid the price, it is only through Him that you can be saved from the penalty of sin and be reconciled to God through His gift of salvation. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Today, you can have God’s gift of salvation! Jesus said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Will you now acknowledge that you are a sinner in need of a Savior and that Jesus is that Savior?

If you would like to have God’s gift of salvation, you may use the following prayer as a guide to express your desire to God:

Dear God,
I know that I am a sinner. Thank You for sending Your perfect Son to die in my place. I know that it is only through His sacrificial death on the cross and resurrection from the dead that I am able to have freedom from the penalty of sin and a new life in You. I now accept Your gift of salvation. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen

If you have accepted God’s gift of salvation, please let us know so we can encourage you and pray for you. To learn more about the Christian life, we suggest reading the Gospel of John in the New Testament.

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  • 07/09/2012
    Heather Buchannan said:

    What a great way to communicate the Gospel! I havfe copied this for me to use on my Facebook.

  • 07/09/2012
    Heather Buchannan said:

    …I should have looked around. Just noticed I can post to my facebook right from the article on the side! And, for the record, I know how to spell “have”. …good grief. Not my day. LOL!

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