Sunday, January 3, 2016

How He Explained That God's Forgiveness is Paid For

Sometimes we make the simplicity of the Gospel too complicated. Here is a story of how one man simply explained God's forgiveness to his old boss.

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Blake had been concerned for his old boss who had retired.  Mr. Crawford was burdened with the guilt of many wrongdoings and was anxious for God's forgiveness; so Blake paid Mr. Crawford a visit and the conversation quickly turned to the subject of the fear of facing God after living a life of regrets.

"Look," Blake said, "Suppose I go to a shop and buy something for you.  I pay for it and tell you to go to the store pick up desk to get it.  Are you going to take money with you to pay for it?"

"No," said the old man, "You already paid for it."

"Well, do you need to make any promise to pay for it later on?"

"No, it would be mine for free."

Then Blake said, "It is the same way with forgiveness of sins. The Lord Jesus already paid the full price for it.  He took all the pain and punishment that sin deserved.  He paid the whole thing. So all you have to do is take the forgiveness he already paid for."

"Oh," said the old man with tears in his eyes. "I see it now.  This is forgiveness that cost nothing from me.  Christ has bought it and he gives it to me!"
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