Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation). (Ephesians 2:5)
God takes great care in reaching down to the lowest pits of sin to redeem us and make us new creatures in Christ. How often have we taken time to realize who, what, and where we were before the King of Kings rescued us from the clutches of the Prince of Darkness? Personally, I was a hot mess before Christ came into my life. Maybe you, dear reader, did not have such an intimate relationship with the world and sin as I have had, but either way, we were all incomplete, lost, and dead in sin before Christ came into our lives.
Not only does Christ rescue us, further, He invites us into a warm, welcoming fellowship with Himself and the Father. He knows what we were then, who we are now, and what we will become. Yet, He still desires to commune with us as we seek after godliness and righteousness. He raises us up from the clutches of sin and death. Then, He gives us the power to live a victorious life against sin, death, the devil, and the world.
The thing that amazes me is not that we accepted His invitation, but that He desires our company.
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