Original Posting At http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2020/01/an-open-invitation.html
“But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV)
God’s goal for all of us is life, not death; His aim is salvation, not punishment. In Ephesians 2:4-10, Paul outlines what God has done about it.
God has made it plain in Christ that, even though we don’t believe in Him, He still believes in us and wants us to live and work with Him. Grace is not merely forgiveness for or freedom from our past, it is an open invitation to begin to lead a new life according to the Spirit.
— John and Adrienne Carr in “The Power and Light Company: Participant’s Guide”