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God desires that we experience an abundant life.
This would include such things as love, peace, purpose, and fulfillment.
He also desires that we experience both abundant life now and eternal
life with Him.
But we have a problem. God did not create us like
a robot who would automatically love and have fellowship with Him
in return. He gave us a will and the freedom of choice. Therefore,
not only do we have the ability to make good choices, but we also
have the ability to make evil choices and sin. Each of us will die physically, and after we die
physically, we will face judgment. So we can see that when we look
at the condition of a person apart from God, it isnít very encouraging.
We have all sinned at one time or another, and the penalty of sin
is eternal death (separation from God). Also we see that the consequences
of our sin bring about the judgment of God.
In spite of the fact that we have turned our backs
on God and have disobeyed Him, He has provided a remedy so that
we can know Him personally. He wants to give us both abundant life
and eternal life. Only one bridge can cross the gulf that exists
between a person and God, and that bridge is Jesus Christ, through
His death on the cross. God sacrificed His son to pay the price
for all of our sins and bring us reconciliation to Him.
Christ has made it possible for us to cross over
to Godís side and experience the full life that He wants us to have.
But we are not automatically on Godís side. In order to receive
the gift of Christís sacrifice for our salvation and cross over
to Godís side, we must believe Him and trust Him.
For by Grace you have been
saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift
of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ė Ephesians
Adapted from The 2:7 Series: Course 2 The Growing