Written By Eddie Vines
Eddie Vines is a former Jefferson county Judge and currently serves as President of Faith Fortress Ministries
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead [i]in our wrongdoings, made us alive together [j]with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the [k]boundless riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
When God created Adam, the first man, a very special bond was formed. Scripture tells us that he made man in his own image and breathed life into him from his very own nostrils. After Adam rebelled by eating of the forbidden fruit, his physical body suddenly became subject to aging, disease, and death. Not only was he now facing an ultimate physical demise, he also experienced immediate spiritual death. Adam’s act of rebellion had far-reaching consequences as it led to every human who has been born since, beginning life in a state of sin. Thankfully, the story doesn’t end there.
As the above passage shows, God is eager to see us reconciled to him and made alive through the sacrifice of his son, Jesus. Like any good father, he wants what’s best for his children. The New Testament brings us a message of salvation, joy, and life.
Of all the world’s major religions, only Christianity believes in a God who wants to have a personal, loving relationship with his human creatures. We are all born spiritually dead in our trespasses and sin, but there is hope. Through Jesus, we can be reconciled with the father now and remain in communion with him throughout eternity.