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; 1 Peter 1:19, 20.
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.
“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; John 1:16; 1 Peter 1:13.
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.