Thursday, June 30, 2016

alive together with Christ

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
Ephesians 2:4-5

Oh the mercy of God, found in Christ alone, offered in abundance to all sinners! In that mercy I am saved. It reached out to me and by the pure grace of my Lord Jesus, that mercy upon my sinful soul saved me! God's rich mercy and great grace has saved me and made me alive again.

For I could only be saved by God's action on my behalf, because I was dead. I had no spiritual life. I could not move toward God for I was in a spiritual grave. But Jesus did the work. He came to earth. He lived among mankind. He willingly let Himself be delivered up to to the cross for our transgressions.
He died for dead men.

And in His death sin was atoned. In His resurrection I was guaranteed eternal life. In the faith that I have in Him, I too am made alive with Christ by God's rich mercy and saving grace. This is the core of who I am as a Christian. It is the message of my life. The gospel is deep and transformative.

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