Made Alive in Christ
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
This is God’s gift…freely given to all those who put their faith in Jesus. This is the gospel message, the DNA that we have inherited God’s handiwork). God who is full of mercy and love rescued us from our broken humanity and restored us to our original design… the image of God. Through Jesus and nothing else we have received life and abundance as God intended it. It is so good; it is so free I am not sure how this wonderful news got so distorted over the years. When I think about how good God is, how loving and merciful He is I can’t help wanting to live my life in accordance with His will. This is too good to keep all to ourselves which is why we have good works prepared before us. Not only has God loved us beyond measure, He has also prepared a way for us to respond to His love and mercy. It is time for us to start to live a little; we receive life…not a form of death by monotony. We love you God.