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Grace Is Just Too Easy

Grace Salvation Skepticism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2021-04-22

Scripture: Romans 6:23 ; John 3:3

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Those who work hard to earn their salvation often respond to the message of grace with, “If that were true, if it really were a free gift with no strings attached, I’d accept it and then do whatever I wanted.”

What such a response reveals is that serving God isn't what they don't really want to be doing; they're only doing it to appease God.  

Of course, such a reaction fails to comprehend the nature of the gift itself.  The gift isn't a license to do whatever we want but a deposit of love that brings with it a whole new set of desires.  Those who receive this gift are energized by the presence of the Holy Spirit to love God as freely as they have been loved by God.  The gift of eternal life isn't replacing legalism with license, it's replacing legalism with love. 

APPLICATION

The lack of self-awareness among those who feel this way is truly astounding.  Without realizing it, they are freely admitting that without the threat of God’s judgment, they would lack the motivation to please God.  They are of the opinion that they need fear in order to keep them from going off the rails.  What they don't realize is that God doesn't want their fear, He wants their love.  

Just doing what we want isn’t love.  Serving God after receiving salvation as a gift is love. 

"Jesus replied, 'Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again'" (John 3:3). 

Bad Passwords

Salvation Trust (In God) Jesus, Savior

Source: "The Worst Passwords' by Michael Duduit, published Preaching Magazine, Preaching.com, October 14, 2015

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Contributed By: Lawrence Dake | Date Posted: 2020-09-18

Scripture: Acts 4:12 ; John 1:12

Author: Michael Dudui
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ILLUSTRATION

I like to keep things simple, but sometimes simple can be dangerous.

I recently read an article about the worst passwords. You’ll never guess the worst one: 123456. That, indeed, takes some creativity, as did these other examples in the top 20: 12345, 12345678 and 123456789. As a change of pace, there was also 111111.

The #2 most dangerous password? Password. Yes, the word password. So if you’ve been using that one, feel free to add this line to your Facebook page: “Please, hacker, come steal my stuff, because I have no imagination whatsoever.”

Among the rest of the top 20 worst passwords were: baseball, football, monkey, dragon and mustang. However, I was particularly unhappy with the 20th worst password on the list: Michael. Yes, somehow my name ended up being used and abused as a password. So I guess now I need to change all my passwords.

APPLICATION

Many people try to use their own name as a password to get into heaven, relying on all their efforts and accomplishments to gain access into God's domain. But only one name has been given under heaven by which we can be saved, that name is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).  

"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name" (John 1:12).

[To read more from Michael follow him on Twitter @MichaelDuduit]

Spiritual Quarantine

Cleansing Sin Salvation

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Contributed By: Shane Waldron | Date Posted: 2020-03-20

Scripture: Romans 10:9 ; Leviticus 13:

Author: Shane Waldron
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ILLUSTRATION

You may have heard the story of Carl Goldman. He and his wife were on a cruise in Asia, and one of the passengers contracted COVID-19. The cruise ship was quarantined for 10 days, and during that time Carl got the coronavirus. 

When everyone was released from the cruise ship, Carl was quarantined in a bio-containment center in Nebraska. His room was completely sealed off from other people. Cameras and two-way video monitors allowed him to communicate with people outside the room. No one came inside unless they were wearing a hazmat suit. Carl was sealed off like this for 12 days. 

Then he was released into a different area of the hospital, where he was quarantined with other patients who had the virus. So he was able to have more contact with other people. He couldn’t leave the hospital until he tested negative for COVID-19. Unfortunately, his tests kept coming back positive long after his symptoms abated. Finally, after he was quarantined for 30 days in the hospital, Carl tested negative for COVID-19 two times in a row, and he was allowed to go home. Adding the time he was on the cruise ship, Carl was quarantined for a total of 40 days. 

APPLICATION

We are in a similar situation as Carl. But instead of being quarantined from people, we are quarantined from God. Our sin separates us from Him because God cannot be in the presence of anything unholy. That's why we need Jesus - to cleanse us from our sin and release us from spiritual quarantine.

But unlike Carl, the moment we place our faith and trust in Christ, we are cleansed.  There are no stages or tests that have to be passed first.  The salvation Christ offers us is instant and it is eternal. 

"If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved" (Romans 10:9-10). 

Getting Through The Security Gate

Salvation Confession Sin

Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2019-08-11

Scripture: Revelation 21:27 ; 1 John 1:9

Author: Corey Sawyers
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"I'll Love You Forever"

Salvation Love (Divine) Parenting

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2019-02-16

Scripture: Jeremiah 31:3 ; John 3:16

Author: Neal Pollard
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Garage Sale Redemption

Redemption Sanctification Salvation

Contributed By: William Blosch | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:20 ; Romans 6:23

Author: William Blosch
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A Day In The Life Of A Pastor

Jesus, Savior Salvation False Hope

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-05-15

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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The Hidden Door

Witness Salvation Jesus, Savior

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-04-21

Scripture: John 10:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Disaster On The East River

Easter Assurance Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-03-31

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Jesus is Still the Only Way

Jesus, Savior Salvation Worldly Mindset

Contributed By: Seth Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-02-12

Scripture: John 14:6 ; John 3:16

Author: Seth Dillon
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