Who among us can examine our own thoughts, honestly appraise them, and not conclude that they are hopelessly sinful? If Christ does not save, then all of us are lost.
1 Corinthians 15:12-19, “Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.”
God created everything for His glory, and puts His love on display for all to see, in the horror, and beauty of the cross. Christ’s agonizing death, and crushing punishment, as sin on our behalf, His burial, and resurrection, conquering sin, death, and the grave, is such a foreign demonstration of love to sinful humans, that we cannot fathom its depths. We understand just an inkling, a bare notion stirs in our minds, we can and should be awestruck. Through all of this, He provides a glorious future for us in eternity, with Him, as sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and heirs.
John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
Ephesians 1:5, “He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,”
Romans 8:12-17, ” So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.”