Romans 5:10 (NIV)
10 For if, while 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!

The apostle tells us we were enemies of God. We were traitors and rebels against our benefactor; and our enmity towards God is also a mutual enemy against ourselves. God provides reconciliation and redemption through His Son Jesus Christ. If we are provided this saving redemption as enemies of God, what a great salvation we have been offered through the eternal life of Jesus Christ.

Bryan Chapell writes in Holiness By Grace (Crossway Books), An old tale speaks of a man who died and faced the angel Gabriel at heaven's gates. The angel said, "Here's how this works. You need a hundred points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you have done, and I will give a certain number of points for each of them. The more good there is in the work that you cite, the more points you will get for it. When you get to a hundred points, you get in."

"Okay," the man said, "I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her, even in my heart."

Gabriel replied, "That's wonderful. That's worth three points."

"Three points?" said the man incredulously. "Well, I attended church all my life and supported its ministry with my money and service."

"Terrific!" said Gabriel, "that's certainly worth a point."

"One point?" said the man with his eyes beginning to show a bit of panic. "Well, how about this: I opened a shelter for the homeless in my city, and fed needy people by the hundreds during holidays."

"Fantastic, that's good for two more points," said the angel.

"TWO POINTS!" cried the man in desperation. "At this rate the only way I will get to heaven is by the grace of God."

"Come on in," said Gabriel.

Because of God�s love for us we are provided with His redeeming Grace.