Eternal Life Instead of Everlasting Death
Christian brothers and sisters,
This is the week, and Sunday is the day, to commemorate what we have received: eternal life instead of everlasting death. Let us remember, we have not received life by what we have done or said, or by any goodness within ourselves, but by a benevolent act of God. And let us proclaim that this eternal life is offered to all who are willing to receive Jesus Christ. Finally, let us give thanks for this great kindness by thinking, speaking, and living that good which He has prepared for us to do.
Here is a reminder of these from a letter by Paul the Apostle:
From Ephesians 2:1-10 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. (NIV)