Contrasts dot the landscape of Scripture. Light and dark. Heaven and hell. Love and hate. Faith and works. Freedom and bondage. Life and death. Between every one of these contrasts, God alone makes the difference. Between love and hate stands God. Between heaven and hell stands God. Likewise, were it not for what God has done for us in Christ, death would be all we had to look forward to, while life eternal with Him remained a distant dream. Because of God's work on our behalf, Christians now have the hope of redemption by grace through faith.