“And the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come, so that my house may be filled.’ Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:23,27).

While separated by only three verses these two statements express very different truths about God’s redemptive plan. Specifically, while God’s salvation is unlimited in scope–available for anyone and everyone who responds by faith and trust–it is not unconditional in demands. Salvation may be free but it’s not cheap. It will cost you your life.

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