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March 11, 2015, 10:10 AM

There is Hope



Adam and Eve once had it all. Their Creator had given them life. They were in the paradise of God and walked with Him in the cool of the day. There was complete communion with the one who knew them better than they knew themselves. They were blessed beyond all comprehension. No fears or pain. No need or worries. The land in which they lived had only one boundary. They were commanded to abstain from the fruit of only one tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It seems clear that in the midst of such a vast paradise, one tree would eventually fade from daily concern. Besides, when the penalty of crossing this one boundary is death, who would risk it?

However, there existed one who had already transgressed divine jurisdiction. His life had already become a hopeless one. He rejected the Creator’s authority and wisdom. Overcome with disdain for the God of all gods he sought to lead astray the crown of His creation, man. It seems that evil desires company. His plan was to deceive the woman into thinking that God had held back blessings from them. He wanted them to believe that God was deceitful. He wanted her, for a moment, to think for herself apart from God.

The result was death. Death means that she (and her husband) could no longer walk in communion with God. From this point, man would continually second guess the wisdom of God. He would begin to trust his own judgment. As a result of this corruption man would live a life of futility and disappointment. Adding to this pointless existence man would physically die and his soul would be cast into darkness.  

Oh how sweet it is that God did not leave us to ourselves. Knowing we would be deceived He had a plan in place to rescue us from despair. We look back now at God’s infinite wisdom as we see the Gospel unfold throughout history. Praise be to our glorious Creator and Savior.

  1. The inevitable end to our enemy and the mode of our salvation (Substitution).
    1. Genesis 3:15, 21
  2. Fellowship being restored through God’s eternal plan
    1. The tabernacle (later the temple and presence of God), the mediator (the priest), and the sacrifices
      1. Deuteronomy 12:5-7
  3. Jesus is the culmination of God’s eternal plan.
    1. Hebrews 2:9-18, 4:14-16
      1. Through Him we are united with our Creator.
      2. He is our mediator and He becomes the eternal sacrifice.
      3. He destroys Satan, our enemy.
      4. He frees us from fear of death.
      5. He frees us from slavery to our sinful corruption.
      6. He becomes a faithful, merciful Way into the presence and fellowship of God.

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