Sep 22, 2012
Read | John 3:2-3
Adam and Eve's wrong choice impacted all of humanity. As a result of their disobedience, every person since that time has been born into sin.
Because our hearts are sinful (Jer. 17:9), we're not fit to be in God's holy presence. But He nevertheless desires a relationship with us. For this reason, Jesus--who did no wrong--bore our iniquities and suffered the death penalty we deserved. Then He rose from the grave, proving that everything He'd promised would surely come to pass. In this way, He provided His followers with access to the Father. Salvation is a free gift to anyone who places trust in Jesus and personally receives His sacrifice as the atonement for sin.
Several changes occur in us when we receive this amazing gift. First, we are made new (2 Cor. 5:17). Though fleshly patterns of behavior will linger, salvation results in forgiveness, a purified heart, and adoption as God's own children. Second, we become a part of the body of Christ. In other words, we belong to the precious family of past, present, and future believers. Third, we belong to the kingdom of heaven, which means that even though we continue to live on earth in nations run by human leaders, we operate under the authority of Jesus Christ.
What amazing grace is available through God's Son! Christ died to take our punishment and give us access to our heavenly Father. Then He makes us new, gives us a family of believers, and invites us to participate in His kingdom work. Bask in His love, as it gives us worth and purpose.