Pristine Grace

The Freedom of Christ to Save
by Scott Price
The Freedom of Christ to Save

"That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth." Deuteronomy 23:23

"If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD." Leviticus 1:3 

    The religion of man is humanistic in that it has man as it's center point of reference to be the deciding factor in salvation resulting in man getting ultimate credit, honor, and glory. The religion of man rejects the truth that if man must be saved it must be done by God from start to finish without any help, aid, or conditions to be fulfilled on man's part. This humanistic religion of today brags of their "freewill" as being the difference in the salvation of man's soul. They are hard pressed to present any scriptural proof of their boast.

    The Bible does actually use the English word freewill. It is used 17 times. The overall teaching of the scripture is that man does not have a freewill in salvation (John 1:13, John 6:65, Romans 9:16), so what do the references using the word freewill refer to? The texts using the word freewill refer to freewill offerings given in the Old Testament. A freewill offering was voluntary on the part of the one presenting the offering as opposed to sacrifices that were mandatory. In other words the freewill offering was not mandatory.

    The sacrifice of Christ to the Father is pictured in the two introductory texts above. The LORD Jesus Christ voluntarily entered into a covenant agreement with the Father in which He promised to save His people who He loved from eternity. These Old Testament freewill offerings pictured Christ who was the male lamb without spot or blemish freely giving His life on the cross as a sacrifice to put away sin. Christ came into the world for the reason of freely dying for His people. The freedom in salvation is not credited to man but rather to God. Salvation is of the LORD.