But God was merciful!
We were dead because of our sins,
but God loved us so much
that he made us alive with Christ,
and God's wonderful kindness
is what saves you.
God raised us from death to life
with Christ Jesus, and he has given us
a place beside Christ in heaven.
God did this so that in the future world
he could show how truly good
and kind he is to us
because of what Christ Jesus has done.