Man attributes all of life’s ills and woes to an endless
list of rationale: bad environment, lack of education, lack of things –
usually on the grounds that man was deprived of something. The Bible totally
refutes that theory from page one. Man was actually set into an absolute
paradise, endowed with every attribute and blessing that he could ever hope for.
In fact, man was created saved, created in the image of God, crowned with
glory and honor and given dominion over everything.
Adam actually chose to be unsaved, (as it were) he
chose death over life! Thus, it is through "one man" that the
curse of sin and death came, and that curse would ever descend upon his
offspring. Maybe that does not seem fair. Perhaps had we been in Adam’s place,
we would have stood the test? Actually, mankind has had a choice ever since. Man
can still choose eternal life and still has the prospects of returning to the
God made a provision for every generation to be redeemed.
From the time of Adam and Eve, there were prescribed sacrifices and rituals
given whereby sins could be atoned for. Although there was no power in those
sacrifices to take away sin, they were acceptable to God for that present time.
The only way a man could approach to God was through a sacrifice. The animal was
taking the place of the offender. The blood was shed, the appeasement was
accepted, and man could be forgiven. However, the animal sacrifices of the Old
Testament were only a figure of the "Once for all Sacrifice"
that was to come.
For God so loved the world
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life." In Scripture, Christ is called "The Second
Adam." The first Adam was of this earth and because of him we all
must die. However, through the Second Adam who came from heaven we all
1 Cor 15:47: "The first man is of the earth,
earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven."
Rom 5:12: "Wherefore, as by one man sin
entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men,
for that all have sinned.."
Rom 5:19: "For as by one man's disobedience
many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many
be made righteous."
Salvation is not complicated. Our first father sinned,
bringing judgment upon the whole human race. Our Father in Heaven sends his Son,
(The Lord Jesus Christ) who also becomes a man by being born through a woman.
(God cannot die, therefore he had to become a man so that He could die.) The
whole purpose of this God/man coming was to die, to become the sacrifice, to
become the once for all appeasement on the cross. That whosoever believeth on
Him should not perish, but have everlasting life! We are justified through
- By the obedience of one shall many be made righteous (Rom. 5:19).
- But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever…
- For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are
sanctified (Heb. 10:14).
- For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man
Christ Jesus (1Tim. 2:5). (He rose from the dead and ever lives to intercede
- Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name
under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
Let us again consider what we have said; All men are doomed
because of what one man did. Yet, man can be restored because of what
another man did, the Man Christ Jesus. Jesus Christ was not just an
ordinary man. He was the Co-Creator of the universe, The Son of God. To reject
this offering is to choose eternal death.
The Bible speaks of two births and two deaths: A physical
birth takes place when we are born into this life. A spiritual birth
takes place when faith enters our heart to believe on Jesus the Son of God. [See
John 3:5-6.] A physical death takes place when this body that we dwell in
dies. However, there is going to be a resurrection of both the believer and the
non-believer. For all of those who have not experienced the second birth, there
shall be a second death where the immortal body is sentenced to hell
forever! [See Rev. 21:8.]
God so loved the world that He gave His Son... O, hear
His voice today! If you have never received His gracious gift of pardon and
forgiveness, do it now! Receive Jesus into your heart; receive the
words of His book into your heart. Let Him set a new course for your life.
Salvation is just the beginning of a new journey.
Prayer: My dear Father in Heaven, I believe your word, I
see my need as a lost sinner, and I want to receive your gracious provision of
salvation found through the cross of Christ. I pray now for Your faith to enter
my heart that I might know that I am your child, and that you have forgiven my
sins. I also pray that Your Spirit, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the
dead, might enter my heart, and enable me to follow in the steps of my Lord,
according to Thy Word. Amen!
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