No Bargaining with God
22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
I’ve been doing some spring cleaning around the house and there were some items of value that I can recoup some value. I put an ad on a classified web-site and everybody wanted to bargain and pay a lower price. In another situation, somebody posted an ad on a free exchange web-site, asking if they could trade for a flush mount light fixture for a fluorescent tube light fixture. Luckily, I was changing some of my fixtures and we were able to make a trade and it didn’t cost us anything.
When it comes to salvation, we cannot bargain with God for better pricing or conditions or make an agreement for a trade. God does not have excess inventory in which He needs to liquidate and try to offer it to anybody who wants to make an offer. Salvation is very valuable, but its supply is limitless. This contradicts our standard law of supply and demand in which costs will go down if there is too much supply. God makes the decisions on the conditions of salvation. Everything that God is supplying is free. It came at the cost of sacrificing Jesus at the cross for a high price. This means that we really did get a great ‘deal’ from God as we don’t deserve God’s grace and we could never purchase our salvation with anything that we own or with our works.