Imagine it’s your birthday. Your friend comes by and gives you a beautifully wrapped gift. When you open it, it’s something you’ve always wanted! After the party, you walk your friend to the door and just before he leaves, he says, “Oh, by the way, here’s the receipt. Your gift costs $500. I’ll take cash or a check” Could you really call what you received a gift?
The same principle applies to salvation. You don’t have to buy it. Salvation is a gift. It depends wholly on God’s grace.
Ephesians 2:8-9 reads, For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Jesus paid the costs in full for our salvation. Acts 4:12 says, “. . . there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven . . . by which we must be saved.”