But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Everything in creation is held together by God’s Word. If God were to ever lie the impact of creation would be devastating. When God told Adam and Eve that they would die as a result of eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; He put mankind in a precarious position.
We know from Genesis that they did eat. As a result death entered the scene and every person born since Adam and Eve and had it in their DNA. We have all been born with a sin nature as a result of their eating the forbidden fruit.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)
It is that sin nature which has caused us to sin and fall short of God’s holy standard. God is holy and just and no sin can enter into His presence. The only just response to our sin nature is for God to judge us guilty with a penalty of death.
The only conclusion to sin is the penalty of death which left mankind in a bad position. Adam and Eve introduced sin into creation and every man, woman, and child inherits the consequence.
Many Christians take their salvation for granted and never spend time thinking through issues like this. To understand the nature of God though, we must first understand His love and redemptive work. This will require us to first understand why Jesus had to come as the Savior of mankind.
The first thing we must understand is that God is just. He is holy in His dealings with humanity and will always cross every “t” and dot every “i”.
As we come to understand our sin nature and God’s holiness it will start to appear as if we were left without hope. I a sense this is true because hope is lost outside of Jesus.
Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. (Psalms 85:10)
Please notice that this verse tells us that righteousness and peace have “kissed each other”. When we look at the nature of man it is hard to see how righteousness and peace can come together for our good.
And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:20)
Jesus paid the penalty that was due for our every sin. As a result He was able to provide an avenue by which mankind can now approach a righteous and holy God. This is possible because we are able to enter into God because of the blood of Jesus.
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