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Grace Is Free Because Jesus Paid the Cost 
By Rick Warren

“Many people received God’s gift of life by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:15 (NCV)

If you looked in your mail today and found a free gift waiting for you, it wouldn’t really be free. Someone paid for it at some point. 

The same is true of God’s grace. It’s totally and completely free to you—but Jesus paid for it.

It cost Jesus his life. 

That’s why salvation comes through Christ and Christ alone—because he’s the one who paid for the grace we receive. The Bible says, “We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved” (Acts 15:11 NIV).

Nobody else but Jesus volunteered to pay for your sins. And nobody else but Jesus paid the price for all the blessings God brings your way. 

Romans 5:15 says, “Many people received God’s gift of life by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ” (NCV).

When you receive the grace of God through Christ alone, you are “in Christ.” That phrase is used more than 120 times in the Bible. And being in Christ changes how God looks at you. 

You may think that when God looks at you, he sees all your sins, failures, and rough spots. But when you’re “in Christ,” God just sees Jesus. You may see all of your scars, messes, and problems—but God sees perfection in Christ. 

That’s grace, and it can only be found in Christ.

God’s love for you isn’t based on what you do. It’s based on who you are in Christ. In fact, there’s nothing you could ever do to make God love you any more—or any less.

When you come to God through Jesus Christ, he won’t reject you. The Bible promises, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13 NIV). 

God is ready and willing to give you his grace and secure a future for you in heaven.

You just need to accept his grace!

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