The Essential Gospel 3: Salvation is free… and will cost you everything!
The first public proclamation of the gospel is found in Acts 2 and it gives us a great template for how we receive the amazing gift of salvation through faith in Jesus. On the one hand, Jesus has done it all, fulfilling the Old Testament promises and saving us despite our disobedience and rebellion. We can’t earn God’s love, forgiveness, presence through His Spirit or the certainty of eternal life – but they are a free gift that He loves to give us. On the other had, to believe Jesus is Lord and Saviour, it must mean that our lives are not our own any more. We belong to Him and we rely on Him. Seeing what that meant for the first followers of Jesus can be a great lesson in what that should look like for us too.