Mankind was perfect in the Garden of Eden after God created them. They walked perfectly and peacefully until Eve met the serpent in the tree. Satan, the serpent placed doubt in the mind as they talked, then she did the very thing that God warned her and Adam not to do. This act of disobedience of God caused them to fall from the perfect fellowship with God and He put them out of the Garden. Over the period of thousands of years, no matter what mankind did they could not renew their fellowship with their CREATOR. It needed a perfect sacrifice, man did not have a perfect sacrifice, only God did, and that sacrifice was His only begotten SON. Jesus only Jesus could atone for our sins! Let’s look at the following verses and underline the words that speak out to you.
*John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.16 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.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.[ John 11:25-26 ] 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
*Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
*1 Corinthians 1:16-18King James Version (KJV)
16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
*Colossians 1:21-22King James Version (KJV)
21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
*Titus 3:3-7King James Version (KJV)
3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
[ prepared by Winston Staples ]