15 But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many (Romans 5).
God’s “free gift” is free because it is a “gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ.” Without grace there is no gift. We love our children and out of that love we give them gifts. Christmas comes and we give them presents — even if they’ve been naughty, and not nice. The gifts are free and that means they are by grace.
We give gifts to our children just because they are our children and we love them. We don’t give them gifts, thinking about all the good things they do. No, we give them gifts just because it pleases us and we deem it good to do so. And our children don’t do something good in order to receive the gift — they know it’s coming.
God gave us the gift of His Son, and (as the next verses will say) He gives us justification and righteousness. Why? Just because in love He “chose us in Him [Christ] before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4).
Thank You, Lord, for the grace given to us! Thank You that You love us — just because. Thank You that we never have to try to earn salvation. Help us This Day to walk with confidence in Your grace and may Your grace keep us from stumbling. Amen.