Through sin, man was separated from God, the Source of life; and, unless he avails himself of the provision that was made for his restoration, he must die the eternal death (extinction). Isaiah 59:2 (cf John 1:4); Romans 5:12; 6:23 (first part). But he does not have to perish, unless he chooses to. He can find his way back to God, and enjoy eternal life, through Christ (John 6:35, 40, 47, 48; 14:6. By dying on the cross for our sins, Christ redeemed us from the death sentence pronounced by the holy Law of God, which we have transgressed. More than that. Christ imparts to us divine power to unite with human effort. Thus, by faith in Christ (as we accept His life and death for us, and place ourselves under the guidance of His Spirit), and by repentance and regeneration, we regain that which was lost by our first parents.
The plan of redemption was motivated by the love of God for the fallen race. Full provision has been made for our salvation. Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 12:2; 45:22. The accusation that the Pharisees hurled against Christ, “This man receiveth sinners,” is our great hope. Luke 15:1; John 3:15; 1 Timothy 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:9, 10; Titus 3:3-8.