A friend recently told me that sickness in his family had created a hospital bill of $3.5 million. He told me: “That is more than I can pay the rest of my life.” He has a debt that, no matter how hard he tries, he can never pay.
It made me think of what Jesus paid for us.
We sing a song entitled He Paid a Debt. The lyrics of the first stanza and chorus are:
He paid a debt he did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay.
I needed someone to wash my sins away.
And now I sing a brand new song:
“Amazing Grace.” All day long.
Christ Jesus paid the debt that I could never pay.
Jesus paid our debt when he went to the cross and died for us. We see this when we read Romans 5:8 NKJV: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.
God’s great love for us is shown in Ephesians 2:4-8 NKJV:
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
We are saved by grace through faith. That is indisputable. However, God has given us certain commands we must obey in order to avail ourselves of His grace. We must:
Hear the word. Rom 10:17
Confess Him before others. Mt 10:32, Rom 10:10
Without heeding these commands we will be lost. When we are faithful and obey His commands, we then enjoy the love of God expressed by His grace. It is His grace that saves us eternally.
Jesus owed no debt, but He paid ours.