Jesus came not to condemn, but to save!
God created man in His own image. (Genesis Chap. 1 & 2) He was without sin and lived in a world created perfectly for him. In that perfect world there was no death, no sorrow, and no pain. God and man had a wonderful relationship, where they would commune with one another in the cool of the day. Then, man was tempted by Satan in the form of a serpent. (Genesis Chap. 3) Although God had given man everything he needed, man chose to listen to Satan’s lies and ate the forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in his desire to be like God.
Adam, the first man, sinned and brought upon the earth, and all of mankind, a curse. Sin entered the world, and with it, death. (Romans 5:12) Sin, and the cost of sin, death, were passed on to all mankind (Romans 6:23). The earth and everything in it suffered from the curse that sin brought (Genesis 3:17-19, Romans 8:19-22). Sin separated man from God (Isaiah 59:2).
Every man, from Adam’s first son on, was born in sin (Romans 5:12-21, 1 Corinthians 15:21-22). There is not one man born upon this earth who is free from sin. God knew before He created man that he would fall into temptation and be cursed by sin. Before He created the first man, God in His great love, provided a way to free man from sin.
He sent His only Son, Jesus, into the world to be the perfect sacrifice for sin (1 Peter 1:18-21). Jesus Christ did what we can’t do for ourselves (John 14:6, Ephesians 2:8). He paid the price for our sins, giving His life freely to die on the cross (1 John 4:9-10). God raised Him from the dead three days later to live eternally. He is seated at the right hand of God, the Father in heaven. Through His death and resurrection we also may be raised unto eternal life.
There is only one way to be saved from sin and to receive eternal life, and that is to believe that Jesus is everything He says He is, and to accept Him as your Lord and Savior. (Romans 10:9-10, John 1:12). God wants you to be saved and not condemned to death, an eternal separation from Him. He loves you and has sacrificed Himself for you (John 3:16, 17). He wants you to live a rich, meaningful life by: first, accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and second, learning from Him how to live a life of love (1 John 4:11, 2 Peter 2-3).
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