The Bridge - Part 2
God became man in the person of Jesus Christ. Because we have sinned against God, only God can forgive us. Christ came that we might have fellowship with God once again. Romans 5:8 - "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Although Christ was crucified and killed, He came back to life on the third day. 1 Peter 3:18 - "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit."
Christ did this for us because we can't. Ephesians 2:8-9 - "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that one can boast." This is reiterated in Titus 3:5 - "He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit."
- A gift is something that is given and not earned. God has given us this gift free of charge; we only have to accept it. There is also no "halfway" in accepting a gift. In this illustration, a person cannot be somewhere between the two sides. Once God's gift is accepted, that person is on "God's side". If the gift has not been accepted, that person is still on "man's side".
- Eternal life:
- This is not only spiritual life, but physical also. Even though our bodies may die, our souls are, at the moment of death, immediately in the presence of the Lord, in conscious and perfect joy. We can also look forward to the day of our bodily resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:15-58, Romans 6:4-5, John 17, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18)