Responding to God's Love: Contract & Contact

The gospel message is a simple one. It is a message of love, hope, and forgiveness. The gospel message, by necessity, places all the burden of the "contract" between God and man on Jesus Christ. But the gospel message places the burden of the "contact" between God and man on us Christians.

The burden of the "contract" between God and man is placed on Jesus Christ. (Eph 1:1-14) The Holy Spirit is the seal (or deposit) on that contract. We cannot wait to go to God until after we "come clean" or have "earned an audience" with God. We can never reach that state. God loves you now. Jesus bore our sins while we were still sinners. (Rom 5) We are not worthy of the price to be paid to release us from the debt of our sins. Only Jesus' precious blood can do that. So, you see, there is no effort necessary on our part to "earn" God's love or His forgiveness. Our effort would have no value. Jesus has already paid the price.

We cannot pay the price needed to redeem ourselves. Likewise, we cannot work hard enough to pay the price to keep ourselves saved and earn a ticket to Heaven. We receive forgiveness through the grace of God. God's love is a gift. You cannot put a price tag on love. You simply accept it. And then you show your gratitude for that gift through a changed life. A life of service to God and others. But your gratitude is a response to God's love, not a payment for it. Our works are a sign of our faith. But our works are not proof of our faith, or the cause of our faith. (Eph 2:8-9)

The burden of the "contract" between God and man is placed on Jesus Christ. But the gospel message places the burden of the "contact" between God and man on us Christians. We have the responsibility of spreading the gospel. (2 Cor 5:16ff) Our salvation is based on a simple response. We know that God loves us, and we respond to that love. Spreading the gospel is based on a simple response to that same love. We respond to that love by sharing it with others.

How do you respond to God's love? Have you responded by accepting the "contract", and God's unconditional love? Have you responded by making some "contact" with others to spread the gospel? Have you responded by being obedient to God's will, as set forth in the Bible?

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