We believe God loved the world so much that He sent His Son to this world to save mankind. Even though corruption and rebellion prevailed everywhere, a way for man’s redemption had already been provided.
Ephesians 1:4; 2:8 – According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love…For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.
1 Peter 1:19, 20 – But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.
Jesus Christ was born as man and was obedient to His Father in all things. Through His life and death as our Substitute, the foundation for reconciliation and salvation was laid. He was resurrected for our justification and ascended to heaven to reconcile and justify the repentant sinner to God in the heavenly sanctuary through His spilled blood and His righteousness. God’s righteousness and goodness were revealed in this saving act of redemption. Our sin was condemned in Christ, and simultaneously a way of forgiveness was revealed.
Romans 3:24 – Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
“God’s appointments and grants in our behalf are without limit. The throne of grace is itself the highest attraction because occupied by One who permits us to call Him Father.
“No sooner does the child of God approach the mercy seat than he becomes the client of the great Advocate. At his first utterance of penitence and appeal for pardon Christ espouses his case and makes it His own, presenting the supplication before the Father as His own request.
“As Christ intercedes in our behalf, the Father lays open all the treasures of His grace for our appropriation, to be enjoyed and to be communicated to others.” – Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, pp. 363, 364.
We believe that we become God’s children through His grace. It brings about our redemption, rebirth, and acceptance as co-heirs with Christ.
Titus 2:11 – For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.
John 1:16 – And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
1 Peter 1:13 – Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Grace is unmerited favor. It encompasses God’s gift of His Son to die in our place. Through His shed blood and His righteousness, the repentant sinner can stand before God.
1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.