He is the unchangeable, holy, and eternal God of Glory. Regardless of what happens, this will always be true.
1. Jesus Christ is the Only Way to Eternal Salvation with God the Father
Genesis chapter one gives to us the account of the creation, including the creation of man. We read in Genesis , "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. It's an image of absolute holiness. God did not create man in a sinful condition. It would have been foolish to do so! Luke tells us that this first man, Adam, was actually "the son of God. Being absolutely sinless, Adam was now ready to carry out God's plan. So He needed a physical being to rule over the earth. Couldn't God manage to run things for Himself?
Sure He could, but He wanted something more. God had a very special reason for creating man. Notice how clearly the reason is given in Isaiah "Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. God wanted to form a living being out of the ground and have that being live in close fellowship with Him.
God wanted to see His children prosper! He didn't want them to fail; He wanted them to prosper.
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This would bring honor and glory to His name. Just as any respectable father delights in watching his own children live right and succeed in life, God wanted the same for His children! Like any responsible father, God knew what was best, and He had a wonderful plan for His children. So God created man and placed him in a perfect environment. Would man be obedient and fulfill God's will, or would he become disobedient? God had to put man to the test. He had to give man a choice. Rather than populate the entire universe at once with newly created humans, God, in His infinite wisdom, placed one man and his wife in a garden and gave them a choice.
You know the story. Adam and Eve chose to disobey God by eating of the forbidden fruit Gen. Satan's way seemed more pleasant at the moment, so man fell into sin by disobeying God.
Man was now a transgressor against God. Man had failed the test. In his sinful condition, Adam could not carry out God's divine plan.
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He was no longer qualified, for he was now a sinner. He chose to redeem fallen man. Being the merciful God that He is, God chose to work out a wonderful redemption plan for fallen man. But wait! This will be no easy plan, because Adam and his wife aren't the only sinners. All men are natural sinners upon being born into the world:.
Men are no longer made in God's image. God is not a sinner, so sinners are not God's children. Sinners are natural-born children of the Devil. Paul writes in Ephesians that lost sinners are "children of disobedience. In addition to this, we must also realize that we cannot rid ourselves of this corrupt sin nature. We are "stuck" with a fallen image of unrighteousness.
Unless God works a miracle in our lives, we are absolutely hopeless--forever doomed to the eternal fires of Hell. We cannot earn our Salvation by performing righteous works, because our righteousness is no good. Isaiah tells us that our righteousness is like "filthy rags! God is holy, but we are unholy. He is Godly, but we are ungodly. He is righteous, but we are unrighteous. Our sin nature stands like a brick wall between us and God, separating us from His dear fellowship. Contrast the two in your mind. You see, there must be a separation. Just as you keep your clean laundry separate from your dirty laundry, God must keep Himself separate from ungodly man.
God is not a sinner, so He cannot fellowship with sinners. Unless sin is somehow removed from man, there is no hope. Unless man is somehow redeemed from his fallen nature, God has no choice but to sentence him to Hell forever. The sin debt must be paid so that man can regain his original righteous image and his fellowship with God. Someone must pay the price. There once was a king who had a very strong reputation for enforcing the law in his kingdom. He never compromised for anyone. If someone broke the law a penalty was always required.
Then one day this king sat upon his throne hearing case after case, when suddenly a very shocking thing happened. A young man was brought in for judgment. He had been caught red-handed in theft. The whole kingdom stood in silence to hear the king's judgment. You see, this was no ordinary case: the young man was the king's son!
Being as broken hearted as he was, the king knew that he still must give judgment. Justice must be done.
One hand would have to severed. He chose to pay the penalty himself! All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Just as the king suffered and fulfilled the law for his son, God came to this earth and fulfilled the law for us. Jesus Christ was God manifested in the flesh I Tim. The law demanded a payment for sin.
Either man could spend eternity in Hell, paying for his sins, or God could make the payment Himself. God, because of His love for lost man, chose to make the necessary payment Himself. He gave His only begotten Son as a payment for our sins:. All men are born under "the law of sin and death" Rom. We are under a curse.
But the Lord Jesus Christ came to our rescue by dying and paying for our sins. Hebrews says, "For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified. Now that the payment has been made, all men can be "perfected" through Jesus Christ! Through Christ, and Him alone, we can escape the curse! Through Christ, we can be saved!