With the way the world is trending today, I decided it was a critical time to be reminded of the fall of man and our great need for Christ. Human beings were God’s ultimate creation, and He put them in a perfect place, but Genesis states that man sinned and ultimately needed a savior to forgive them of their sins. Sin is defined as “any failure to conform to the moral law of God in act, attitude, or nature.” The first sin in the human race was when Adam and Eve disobeyed in the Garden of Eden. They ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God had explicitly told them to enjoy anything they wanted, but this tree would lead to death. Eve decided to doubt God, and they both succumbed to the temptation to “be like God” (Gen.3:5) and attempted to put themselves in God’s place.
Their sin had consequences not only for themselves but for everyone who came after them. They were thrown out of the garden and caused evil to fall upon everyone who came after them. Paul explains this inherited guilt in Romans 5:12 as he says, “Therefore…sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all have sinned.” He is saying that all people are counted as guilty because of Adam’s sin. God thought of all human beings as having sinned when Adam disobeyed. Life did not have to be this way. God created man with the choice to believe Him. His creation was good and had a perfect plan for their lives, but Adam and Eve chose to listen to lies from Satan instead. They could have trusted what He told them and obeyed, but they decided to be disobedient and sinful. This created a problem for all of humanity—the only cure for that problem is Christ. This is the good news or the Gospel.
The key to understanding the Gospel correctly is understanding who God is. There are several attributes that the Bible uses to describe God. One attribute that most people recognize about God is His love. The Bible says God is Love. This means that His love moves Him to freely and selflessly give Himself to others for their benefit. “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy” (Psalm 103:8)
Another attribute that is often mentioned is God’s holiness. This means God is above all creation and is totally “separate” or distinct from anything created. Humans can never exhaustively “know” God because he is so “separate” from anything human. It also means he is above moral corruption, so He cannot sin, take pleasure in sin, and have fellowship with sin. “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5), So you see the colossal problem already and the great need for Christ.
God is also righteous. This means He must judge wickedness and sin. Because He is righteous, he must provide “justice” for wrongdoing. People can certainly understand that wickedness and evil cannot go unpunished. “For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, Whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14). A God who would refuse to judge wickedness would not be loving, holy, or righteous right. Sin must be punished, and the Bible explains that the punishment results in death. Romans 3:20 says, “nobody is justified by the works of the law,” which means no one can save themselves. Scripture teaches that the only way to be saved is to believe on the name of Jesus. “For salvation is in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Jesus’ work on the cross is necessary for people to be saved from their sins.
The entire Bible points to Jesus. Scripture says that no one can come to the Father but through Jesus. For a person to be saved, they must repent of their sins and put their trust in the work of Jesus on the cross, and believe He was raised from the dead, defeating sin and death once and for all. In His work on the cross, He restored the right relationship with God the Father. The hope and forgiveness found in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection is the narrative of Scripture. God’s offer of reconciliation is why Jesus willingly gave His life for the sins of the world. God restored the sin-breaking fellowship with God through Christ Jesus. What great news that we can know Jesus and have a relationship with Him. Do you know Jesus today?