“But God, Who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the Heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” Ephesians 2:4-6.
This group of verses encompass the foundation of what I believe; that Jesus Christ died for the entirety of our sins, as a gift to us, and all that choose to believe and receive that gift are saved.
Out of God’s love for us, Jesus was sent to give us a chance to experience eternal life as opposed to eternal punishment. Good deeds, high character, and all other works do not save a person. We cannot save ourselves. The institution of the ten commandments and the accompanying laws proved that. We all need someone who is able to live a perfect life so that we can experience what life truly is once our spirit separates from our bodies.
Ephesians 2:4-6 tells me that God is able. These verses also tell me that Jesus is willing. Not only to die for each and every one of us, but to do so knowing that we are imperfect. He did this knowing that His love, His life, would be rejected. He did this in spite of me, knowing that I would make mistake after mistake and error and error.
In spite of all of the shortcomings of man, He loves us and continually looks for us to seek Him. His grace abounds beyond our problems, His love stretches around our pain.
Praise be to God for what He has already done, seeing that the work that Jesus did here those couple of thousand years ago is still beyond capable of saving a broken sinner like me.