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If You Pay For Anything, You Pay for Everything

Grace Works Salvation Atonement

Contributed By: Allen Snapp | Date Posted: 2019-06-07

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8 ; Romans 11:6

Author: Allen Snapp
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ILLUSTRATION

I have a pastor friend who received a very generous offer from a family in their church. This family was going to Disney World and they wanted to take my pastor friend and his family with them. In fact, they wanted to treat them to everything: hotel rooms, meals, tickets into the park, everything they could possibly need to enjoy this trip as much as the host family did.

The guy offering this trip told my friend that he had one condition and one condition only: If you pay for anything, you pay for everything. In other words, try to pull out your wallet to pay for anything, and you are going to owe for everything. He insisted it was to be entirely his treat or none of it would be his treat.

That had the effect of keeping my friend's wallet in his pocket! He never tried to pay for a thing!

 

APPLICATION

Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins; to pay the debt we could never pay; to earn for us what we could never earn for ourselves. And the resurrection of Jesus Christ declares that Jesus’ payment was accepted by God the Father.  As a result, everyone who places their complete trust in Jesus receives eternal life – and a place in heaven with God – as a gift. 

So when it comes to your salvation, it is important that we all keep our wallets in our pocket; that we place your complete confidence in Jesus' finished work on the cross. We must not attempt to add anything to the finished work of Christ, lest we empty the cross of its power.  If you attempt to earn your salvation to any degree, you are beholding to earn the rest.  As the Apostle Paul explained, "If by grace, then it (salvation) cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace" (Romans 11:6). 

In other words, if you pay for anything, you pay for everything. 

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Flat Tire Delayed 50 Miles

Works Salvation Salvation False Hope

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-22

Scripture: John 3:3 ; Matthew 7:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Bridgestone has introduced a new technology; a tire that gives you an extra 50 miles before it goes flat. Their promotional explains it this way:

“DriveGuard tires are specifically engineered to be able to take a puncture and keep you moving. Their supportive and tough reinforced sidewalls help ensure your mobility for up to 50 miles at speeds up to 50 MPH.”

APPLICATION

Here’s the problem with this new technology: You can be driving down the highway and not even know you have a flat! Isn’t this really just false assurance, only serving to delay the inevitable?  It helps no one to have a flat and not know it. 

Religion can do the same thing; it can be used to give us a false sense of assurance that everything is just fine as we cruise along to our final destination. And like a prick of the conscience, we even ignore the low-pressure light. After all, we go to church every week!  We drop a few bills in the offering plate!  We do these and many other things, only to arrive before God and find out that we have been relying on a false sense of well-being. 

Make sure you know the true state of your soul before you meet God. 

Don’t wait until it’s too late to find out you’re driving on a flat.  

“Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).

“Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” (Matthew 7:23). 

Woman Has Plastic Surgery To Avoid Debt

Responsibility Salvation Works Salvation

Source: “Chinese woman accused of undergoing plastic surgery to evade $4.6M debt,” By Staff, Reuters

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-15

Scripture: Colossians 2:14

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

The Staff at Reuters reports:

A 59-year old woman from the central Chinese city of Wuhan transformed her appearance through plastic surgery in order to avoid 25 million yuan (around $4.6 million CAD) of personal debts, state news agency Xinhua said.

In a case highlighting the challenges facing China as it tries to establish a “credit society,” police officers were reported to be “astonished” after apprehending the woman, who fled to the southeastern Chinese city of Shenzhen after a court in Wuhan ordered her to pay off her debt.

“We were very surprised at the scene,” the official Xinhua news agency quoted a policeman as saying. “She looked in her thirties and was different from the photos we had.”

The woman, identified as Zhu Najuan, also confessed to using other people’s identity cards to travel across the country by train. She financed her plastic surgery using borrowed bank cards, Xinhua said late on Friday.

APPLICATION

Some people seem to think that if they just change themselves, they can escape the responsibility of their past.  

But if our financial debt remains our debt until it’s been paid, so much more our spiritual debt. No matter how we reform our behavior, our past transgression must be paid, either by us or by Christ.

“He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14). 

Never Try To Catch The Catcher

Grace (Pictures of) Jesus, Savior Works Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-01

Scripture: Acts 16:31 ; John 19:30

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Which Is Harder To Get Into, Harvard or Heaven?

Salvation Works Salvation Grace

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-18

Scripture: Matthew 7:13 ; Ephesians 2:8

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The World's Most Perfect Food

Grace God's Care Works Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-12-04

Scripture: Romans 5:8

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The Undeserved Award

Grace Works Salvation Eternal Life

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-22

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8

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When Free Is't Free

Salvation Works Salvation Deceived/Deception

Contributed By: Jimmy Kiker | Date Posted: 2015-06-06

Scripture: Romans 6:23

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Sleep Tight Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite

Salvation Grace Works Salvation

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2015-01-12

Scripture: Ephsians 2:8

Author: Larry Lewis
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Burial Does Not Cause Death

Baptism Salvation Works Salvation

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2014-06-18

Scripture: Colossians 2:12

Author: Thomas Bevers
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