What is the Cost of Our Salvation?

What is the Cost of Our Salvation?

People often say, “If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” That is sound advice in the world of business where there is always someone – or crowds of someone – trying to separate you from your money. A famous quote by P.T. Barnum, “There’s a sucker born every minute” expresses the starting point of every con artist.

When talking about our salvation, people often question how it is even possible to gain eternal life just by believing in Jesus as stated in John 3:16. Modern readers ask by reflex, “What’s the catch?” There has to be more to it than just belief. It’s a simple fact that nobody gives away anything of great value. There has to be a hidden cost.

John 3:16

Still, many others are offended by the Bible’s offer of free salvation. Why? Because they don’t want anything for which they didn’t work hard and pay dearly.  If God forgives them, they want to be able to say that He had to because they earned it. You know what? That’s a pride thing.

Is God’s Forgiveness Cheap?

Is our salvation really cheap because we can have it for free? If not, how much does it cost? And why did God choose to pay for it? What would He get in return for sacrificing His only begotten Son to die on the cross for man’s redemption?

British Pastor G. Campbell Morgan who spent considerable time in the United States in the period between the two world wars shared how in one of his evangelistic meetings in England, encountered a coal miner who told him that he would give anything to believe that God would forgive sins, “but I cannot believe He will forgive me if I just turn to Him. It is too cheap.”

In reply, Dr. Morgan said to the man, “You were working in the mine today. How did you get out of the pit?” He answered, “The way I usually do. I got into the cage and was pulled to the top.” “How much did you pay to come out of the pit?” Morgan asked. “I didn’t pay anything.”

“Weren’t you afraid to trust yourself to that cage? Was it not too cheap?” The man replied, “Oh no! It was cheap for me, but it cost the company a lot of money to sink that shaft.”

The Cost of Our Salvation

In today’s world of credit cards and electronic banking, it’s pretty easy to disregard the cost of a lot of things that are rather important. This is exactly true with sin. The society we live in teaches us to enjoy temporary pleasures while ignoring the price that God had to pay for the forgiveness of our sins.

Sin is like credit card; enjoy now, pay later

The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ suffered the following for our sake:

1) Abandonment

In Jesus’ final hours, He was separated from His Father and their fellowship was broken for the very first time since eternity passed (Mark 15:34). Some might think that Jesus feared the cross which is why He was in anguish moment before His crucifixion and started to sweat blood.

Jesus was in extreme, deep anguish as He faces the reality of being separated from His Father, resulting in a rare medical condition known as “Hematidrosis.”

2) God’s wrath

At the cross, the wrath of God was poured out on Jesus because of man’s sin. Christ took upon Himself the penalty for our sins and the condemnation we all so deserved (Romans 5:9; Isaiah 53:5-6).

Although Jesus lived a perfect life of obedience to the Father, all of mankind’s sins were placed upon Him, and experienced the fullness of our guilt, shame, and transgressions.

3) Physical pain

During the hours that led to His crucifixion, Jesus was mocked, beaten, and humiliated (John 19:1-16). And in His weakened state, He was forced to carry the cross on His shoulders which He was eventually nailed to and died an excruciating death.

Closing Thoughts

When God offers forgiveness for our sins if we believe in His Son Jesus, that forgiveness did not come cheap. Jesus suffered the agony and shame of the cross as the bearer of the sins of the world (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 2:2). He gave His life in our place. That was a payment of infinite value, and it involved infinite suffering on the part of Jesus.

Jesus Christ our Savior has suffered greatly on our behalf. He shed His blood so we might become part of God’s family (John 1:12), all because He loves us so much and He desires that our broken fellowship with God be restored.

Read here: What Does John 3:16 Teach About Salvation?

In light of what our salvation costs, we are to give up the pride that insists we don’t want anything we haven’t earned. Instead, let us accept His offer of free salvation and respond to His call for us to live a sacrificial life of service, doing the Father’s business and living to please Him.

Recommended Resource:

Died He For Me: A Physician’s View of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ by Mark A. Marinella

Died He For Me by Mark A. MarinellaWhen you meditate on Jesus’ death, do you ever wonder what He really went through?

Offering a physician’s view of Christ’s last hours, Dr. Marinella provides historical background on crucifixion as a method of execution; and offers a medical analysis of the physical and physiological pain Jesus endured.

The incarnate Jesus purposed more than 2000 years ago to fulfill His role on earth and voluntarily submit to suffer, die, and take upon Himself the sins of the entire world.

This was the Passion of Jesus Christ. Jesus was mocked and ridiculed, spat upon, beaten with fists and whips, His back ripped to ribbons, His brow bruised and bloody from the crown of thorns pressed into His flesh, nailed to a cross, and condemned to a most brutal and agonizing death, physically and spiritually.

All for us. And He is alive today and forevermore.

It is impossible to separate the Doctrine of Redemption from the Savior’s Passion week of torture and death.

“As a Christian physician, I have not only marveled at the spiritual ramifications of Christ’s death, but also the physical and physiological aspects. To present this, I have compiled a succinct overview of Jesus’ death from a physical and medical perspective that I hope both lay and medical people can appreciate and understand.” — Mark A. Marinella, M.D., F.A.C.P.

10 Replies to “What is the Cost of Our Salvation?”

  1. Well, let’s thank Christ Jesus for the redemption of men.

    Since the day I encountered Jesus my life was better than before.

    1. You’re right!

      God gave it all for us in order to redeem us from the power of sin and death.

      We may not fully understand the depths of God’s love but we are assured of salvation when we trust in His Son Jesus.

      I am so glad to hear how God has changed your life for the better.

      Let’s keep the faith until the Lord comes back as He promised.

  2. The death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, has given me a peace of mind everfound anywhere on earth. When the word was taught to me and I accepted Christ as my Lord and savior. my life has never been the same again.


    1. Hello Bridge,

      Glad to hear that you found this short article on the topic of the cost of our salvation direct to the point. I believe we do not have to make things complicated especially when it has to do with what our Lord sacrificed for the forgiveness of our sins.

      Christ’s suffering and death on the cross is one of the most attestable facts in history. Indeed, it was tragic but it had to be done in order for man’s broken relationship with God to be restored.

      One thing we need to understand is that God does not require us to suffer and die the same way Jesus did. All we need to do is accept the Lord’s gift of salvation and eternal life which He purchased with His own blood.


  3. I absolutely love this insightful article because it is full of great information on what it took for God to redeem mankind and be reconciled to Himself. This is fascinating and intriguing to me but you did an excellent job of  explaining the cost of our salvation, written in a way that is easy to understand and providing biblical texts to support it.

    Our salvation Is not cheap; Jesus suffered on the cross just for everyone to be saved, we owe Him a lot.

    1. I am glad that you found this article on the issue of our salvation easy to grasp. Whether we admit it or not, we often forget that it is because of God’s great love for us that He gave His only begotten Son to suffer and die on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. And for that I am eternally grateful.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I realize that until a man accepts that he is a sinner and can in no way help himself, it will be really difficult to accept that there’s nothing he can do to save himself. We always like to think that we can deliver ourselves from danger and death. Even to the point of denying the inevitable. 

    Thank God that His love and mercy allows Him to overlook our pride and still draw us to Himself. When we accept His love, pride falls away and then we can begin to experience the richness of the new life that He offers us. 

    1. Hello Russell, thank you for reading the article and sharing your insight.

      You’re absolutely right; one will never acknowledge his need of a Savior until he realizes he’s lost. Last week in our Bible study, we were discussing how we can win souls for God’s kingdom and one of the things that was brought up is that in sharing the Gospel to those who are still in darkness we can never over emphasize the consequence of sin.

      But at the same time, we also need to make them understand that getting saved is not as simple as praying the sinner’s prayer, otherwise they might think that our salvation is cheap. So we need to be able to explain why only through Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection that we gain eternal life.

      Praise God for His sacrifice that made salvation available to everyone who places their faith in the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins.

      God bless!

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