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For those who’ve never heard, this is the Gospel:

For those who’ve never heard, this is the Gospel:

One day around 2000 years ago God, our Maker our Creator sent his own Son to come and spend time here on earth. I want to read you a statement that Gods Son said concerning himself while he was here.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 

We clearly see God loves us and does not want us to perish. He wants us to believe in his Son and live. Did mankind ever trust God?... and if so when did they set out on this track of perishing unbelief?

How does Gods Son fit into all this? To find out it’s pretty simple. Lets go back to the beginning of Creation. 

In The Garden -

According to Gods word, after he created the earth: he created the first man who he called Adam. He took a part of him and created his wife who he called Eve. He put them in a wonderful garden with everything they needed. 

They were believers -

In the beginning Adam and Eve were fulfilling the purpose of their Creator. They had wonderful fellowship with God and each other in the Garden. They worked the garden and delighted in their Creator. They believed and trusted him and they were alive in him and there was no sin or death.

They quit believing God and perished -

God told them not to eat of one tree in the garden... the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That was the only rule God gave them. Eating from the tree would bring death to them. They would perish.

Gods word teaches throughout its pages that the payment due Man for going against God is death.

Romans 6:23 says: “For the wages of sin is death”… 

 

One day, satan the devil came to Eve in the form of a snake and told her that God was a liar and that she should believe him and disobey God. Actually, before this, satan had wanted to have glory like God and had rebelled against him. He was cast out of heaven and now wanted Adam and Eve to believe the same lie and turn against God like he had. Heres his words:

Genesis 3:4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 

And so, both her and Adam believed satan and quit believing God… they ate of the tree God commanded them not to. So would death now come to Adam and Eve? Yes indeed.

Two kinds of death - 

This may be interesting to some of you, it is to me; there are two kinds of death. When a man dies physically his spirit separates and leaves his body. We all know this kind  of death; it happens to everyone. The body has no essence of life and is dead. The second kind of death is even worse than when a mans spirit separates from his body. It is when Gods spirit leaves Man. This person has no fellowship with his Creator; there is contention and he is cut off from relationship with God. 

Both of these two kinds of death would come to Adam and Eve. 

First off, Adam and Eve’s sweet fellowship with God died. Later, their sin would also bring physical death as it does now to all people.  All their descendants would be born disconnected from the Creator in unbelief. That includes you and me.

Because of mankind’s sin, all possible hope seems to have disappeared. Adam and Eve would die physically one day and for now they would be cut of from Gods fellowship spiritually. They fell out of good relationship with their Creator. 

 

But wait! God said something interesting right after Adam and Eve first sinned. He gave a promise for mercy and grace that became clearer and clearer throughout his inspired word. Through the offspring of the woman one would come who would be the only hope for Adam and Eves sin and the sins of the whole world. 

Where Adam failed… where he was broken and turned against God, this promised one would succeed. He would believe every word God said. He would never sin against God in any way. He would be the only man ever to truly live a righteous life.

Remember the text in Romans: “For the wages of sin is death”… This promised one would not have to receive death as wages for sin because he would never sin. Still yet, it would be him who would willingly lay down his life for us as a gift. He would pay for our sin and give us his righteousness. It would be for all who believes in him.

Who was this promised one?

In its entirety Romans 6:23 says: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Who is Jesus?

Let me repeat our beginning text that came from Gods word for it contains the answer: 

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Jesus is Gods Son through whom the Bible says the world was created, and being Gods Son he is also God. He came to pay the wages of our sin with both kinds of death… physical and spiritual. As Gods Son was dying physically for us, he was also forsaken spiritually and he lost fellowship with God…who he had loved and been with from eternity. God turned his face away from his Son so that we might receive Jesus righteousness in exchange and have fellowship and a new Spiritual life through him. 

Justified -

Three days later something amazing happened. Jesus defeated the hold of death which is the power sin holds over us who have sinned. God raised him up from the dead. His resurrection was first foretold just after Adam and Eve sinned. Jesus arose and walked among men for many days and then ascended into Heaven to be with his heavenly Father, sending his Holy Spirit to be with all those who believe in him.

One day Jesus will return and raise up our dead bodies to be incorruptible, no longer cursed by Sin with death and we will forever be with him. He died for us in both kinds of death. On Judgement day the risen Jesus will be alive to stand up and defend us saying he paid our debt for sin and we now have his own righteousness and stand approved before God and his law.

Our Purpose -

Today, we all have failed like Adam. We are self centered. We know because we don’t love our neighbors as we ought. Do you fall short of fulfilling the purpose your Creator has for you? Is there eminity or discord between you and your Maker? Is there sweet fellowship between you and God? Do you delight in him and what his word says?

Where Adam and Eve quit believing God and perished… because of Jesus we can believe and receive eternal life.

We can delight in him like Adam and Eve did before they quit believing him. He wants us to turn from walking toward evil and walk toward him… to love and be pleased exceedingly by his words, have fellowship with him and be overjoyed to the maximum. He wants to be our peace and full satisfaction.

Again, for us to obtain his righteousness Jesus had to take on our sin and make them his own that he might pay the penalty due. 

In 2nd Corinthians 5:21 Gods word says: For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 

Accept the righteousness Jesus died to give you. Call on him, turn to him, look to him, delight in him… Believe and don’t perish. Worship him with great joy in fellowship and share him with others. That is our purpose. Don’t raise your chin and turn away. 

 Remember Jesus words in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Article by Robin Aylor