What Do You Buy Without Money?

Hand counting moneyThat’s a strange question, isn’t it? How do you buy without money? You may be thinking, “I can’t think of anything we can buy without money.” And you’re right; I can’t either . . . but God certainly can!

Come all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. (Isaiah 55:1)

So how do you buy when you have no money? You can buy when God is providing all of the “cost,” which is the truth of the Gospel as it relates to our salvation. There are many who have perverted the Gospel by saying that God simply “makes up the difference” for those who don’t have enough holiness. They say that God bridges the gap between their good works and His perfect holiness by making up the difference in their merit. But don’t you believe it!

The “good news” of the Gospel wouldn’t be good news if all it did was make up the difference for those who did not have quite enough to get in to heaven. Why? Because we are broke. We are spiritually bankrupt. We have nothing! We are dead in our trespasses and sins, and our only hope is for God to provide His amazing grace to those who have no money but are invited to come, buy, and eat!

What a powerful truth when rightly understood! But it can only be understood by those who know their condition before Jesus shows up. If you are like most people, who feel they are not really that bad, and certainly not as bad as the really bad, then you believe you have what is necessary (the currency) to secure your mansion in heaven. But if you see yourself as the Bible sees you—as a great sinner in need of an even greater Savior—then you are invited to come and buy without any currency because your currency is to be found only in Christ.

We are not, as many people believe, basically good. We are bad, because we have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). And the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), which means we have absolutely no hope apart from a Savior who will pay our way, not merely make up any shortfall we are lacking. And that is exactly what Jesus did on a cross on the hill Golgotha: He paid the debt of our sin in full with His precious blood and secured for us our place in heaven.

So . . . how do you buy without money? You simply transfer your trust from your own personal merit to the Master and receive His grace, rather than relying on your good works.

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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