The love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord is the Christian’s beginning. Life minus all the crap that use to go with it, sin, or at least the part that held us captive. God’s love is experienced in Christ. There is forgiveness and freedom, from the power of sin and death, in Christ. We could not forgive ourselves nor break the chains that bound us. Faith, on the other hand, believes God’s love in Christ will even raise the dead.
“And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.” (Acts 4:33 NASB)
“concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness by the resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles in behalf of His name,” (Romans 1:3-5 NASB)
“that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; if somehow I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:10-11 NASB)
“Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with Him for a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:6 NASB)
This is the faith we share as Christians, faith in the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8)