The younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.
And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. – We were by nature objects of wrath. 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. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us…For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
Luke 15:13 – 1 Corinthians 6:11 – Ephesians 2:3-6 – 1 John 4:10 – Romans 5:8 – Romans 5:10 (NIV)