Note: 1 - We did not have to "clean ourselves up" in order for God to love and save us!
2 - Jesus Christ died, shedding His blood, for us - God's enemies!
3 - Without His sacrifice, we were destined to suffer the wrath of God!
4 - We were reconciled with God by Christ's death!
5 - We are saved because God raised Him from the dead!
6 - We "joy in" God (no longer fear Him); because Jesus is now our Lord!
7 - Bottom line: Jesus atoned for us - He satisfied our debt!
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 - "...if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the Word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."
Note: 1 - Believers are baptized into Christ by the Holy Spirit (Gal. 3:26-27)!
2 - Believers have been born again; we are truly new creations (Jn. 3:1-18)!
3 - Believers are no longer alienated from God (Col. 1:21)!
4 - Believers have been given Christ's righteousness (Rom. 4:6; 2 Cor. 5:21)!
5 - Believers now represent God as His ambassadors (Mt. 28:19-20)!
6 - Believers' sins were placed on sinless Jesus (Heb. 4:15; 1 Pet. 2:24)!
7 - Believers have chosen to allow Jesus to be their Lord (Rom. 10:8-13)!
Do you believe Jesus died for your sins, that He was buried, and that God raised Him from the dead to become both your Lord and you Savior? If so, He has work for you to do!