In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. At the centre of God’s creation, He formed Adam and Eve from the dust of the earth, and commanded they be fruitful and multiply upon the face of all the earth. Taking advantage of the free choice God gave them, Adam and Eve chose to disobey by eating of the forbidden tree. As a result of this seemingly innocent event, all mankind was condemned to suffer the cancerous effects and sin. So instead of living with God in a perfect environment, they were cast out of the Garden of Eden to fend for themselves. During the following centuries, a story unfolds of how the descendants of Adam and Eve grew into great and mighty nations and kingdoms. The many stories weaved like a thread through the bible are part of the redemptive story of God for mankind. Throughout scripture, we learn how God works with us to conform our hearts, minds and actions to His will, forgiving our transgressions and having mercy upon us. We are also clearly shown how God deals with sin, disobedience and all who chose to do evil.
Just as God gave Adam and Eve the free choice of whether or not to obey Him, so are each one of us given free choice as well. Each human being has the freedom to follow either God or Satan, one leading to eternal life and joy, the other to death and destruction. [Jesus is the only way] In John 14:6 we read, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”. Clearly, it is not possible for man to come to the Father without Jesus Christ, His Son and our Saviour. The central theme in God’s plan of forgiveness and redemption, is for us to live with Him in a renewed and perfect earth.
[God giveth them light] Revelation 22:1-5 “And He showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielding her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curses: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”
The bible says all men are sinners and wholly incapable of cleansing themselves of sin without a Saviour. [All have gone astray] Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” [We are justified by grace] Romans 3:23-24 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ.” [The wages of sin] Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The bible tells a story, our story, of our struggle with sin and how helpless we are before the Almighty God. How the story ends is personal to each one of us and how we respond to God’s word. If we choose to follow our own lusts, willingly living in the sins and evil of this world, then we are destined to the Lake of Fire. However, choosing to accept Jesus’ free offer of salvation, we may be granted eternal life and live with the Father and Son forever and ever. How will you choose?