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So,” he continues, “salvation is a free gift. ‘For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.1’ Now, what if I was to give you a gift, but told you that you had to give me five dollars for it?”

Then it wouldn’t be a real gift,” you answer.

Right; in the same way, we can’t pay for our salvation. Now what if I gave you a gift, but told you that now you had to wash my car for me?”

Then it still wouldn’t really be a gift,” you repeat.

Correct, because you would be working for it. In the same way, we can’t do works to earn our salvation.

Now,” he goes on, “salvation is eternal or never-ending. So, what if I gave you a gift and told you that it was yours forever, but then I came back three days or even three years later and told you I needed it back?”

Then you weren’t telling the truth when you said it was forever.”

Exactly,” he replies. “Similarly, if we accept God’s gift of eternal life, it lasts forever and we can never lose it. Jesus, the good shepherd, said this about his followers: ‘My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and nobody will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and nobody can snatch them out of his hand.2

So one more thing: what’s stopping you from accepting this free gift?”

What do you say?

a. “I actually can’t think of any good reason why not to accept

it. In fact, I think I really need it!” Go to page 23.

b. “The fact that I don’t believe it.” Go to page 21.

1 – Rom 6:23, 2 – John 10:27-29