“But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the Heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.”
Sin separates us from God. When Adam sinned and rebelled against God in the book of Genesis, sin entered the Human race. God is holy. Because God is holy, He cannot tolerate sin. Yet there is and was nothing we could do to fix the problem Adam started. We became Spiritually dead. Dead to the fact that we were separated from God because of our sin. Dead, because the wages of our sin, was death.
Yet when Jesus was resurrected from the dead, that all changed. When God raised Jesus from the dead, the power of hell was broken. The shackles that sin so tightly bound around us were loosed. The burdens that weighed us down were set free. When Jesus was raised to life on that 3rd day, so were and are all who put their trust in Him. We now have access again to a pure and holy relationship with Creator God, just as Adam and Eve had before the fall. Our relationship with God is no longer that of enemies but friends. Moreover, because we are are saved and alive in Christ, we are seated with Him in Heavenly places. Our position has been elevated. We are His own children, purchased with His life and perfected by His resurrection. We share in His inheritance and live in His very blessings.
What can we do to earn it….nothing!! It is a free gift to accept. It is only by God’s grace and nothing else that we are saved. Accept it, live in it and share the good news with others.