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A common question that is asked today by new Christians and non-Christians alike is “What exactly is redemption and how can we all be saved just by one man (Jesus) dying?” Well first of all without knowledge of the past this can be hard to explain. Therefore let’s begin looking for answers by understanding how sin entered the world and how we became attached to death in the first place.

In the beginning, when God created Adam and Eve, they were perfect. Genesis 2:25 states man’s perfection and innocence: “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” Understand that where there is no sin there is no shame. It was not God’s intention for Adam or Eve to die at all. They were created perfectly, and were in a direct connection and relationship with God. At this point they were not subject to death.  Of all things God had created in the Garden of Eden, He only forbid Adam and Eve of one thing: the tree of knowledge of good and evil. “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.” (Genesis 2:17)

God gave a commandment, which was to be kept, however He also created man and woman with a free will. God told Adam and Eve that they would surly die if they were to touch or eat of the tree. Take note that God did not say they would die right away, but that they would surly or eventually die. Now like Satan is present today, he was also present then. The Bible tells us that through a serpent, Satan deceived Eve into disobedience to God:

" And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die (if you eat of the tree God commanded you not to): For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons." (Genesis 3:4-7)

This was man’s fatal mistake (literally). Now the Bible also tells us that Eve was truly deceived, however Adam was not. Adam ate the fruit because he loved Eve and was in willful and open disobedience to God. When Adam ate from the tree of knowledge and good and evil, he literally, though not intentionally, made Satan his God. He disconnected himself from God and connected to Satan. This action in turn disconnected him from life (which was eternal) to death. Death (which God warned Adam about) entered into the world by sin. Now because Adam sinned, since he was the first created, we have all been born into sin, death, and imperfection. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)

So now from this we can see many things. First of all it was man’s own fault that we became separated from God, it was not God’s fault. Man created hell for himself; it was not God’s original plan for us. We chose death over life. Death, disease, corruption and all evil entered into the world because of man’s sin, therefore death, disease, corruption and evil is not to be blamed on God, but on Satan. In addition it was our disobedience to God which gave Satan the power to cause all the pain and suffering the human race endures now.

Now for the good news however! Even after all of that God still loved us. Praise God for His mercy. God, still caring for us and loving us, understood that we needed a way back to Him. He knew that there was no way possible for us to be reunited with Him unless He made some sort of intervention. He knew that all men and women, because of their sin, would be condemned to hell unless He sent someone to intervene. That someone was Jesus, His only begotten son.

Just like Satan came to take away life from us, Jesus came to give it back. By Jesus living a total sinless life, and dying as our substitute, He literally broke the hold of death Satan had on us, allowing for a way back to God through Him. Now remember only by one man we were all made sinners. Does it not make sense that by only one man will everyone have the possibility to become righteous again? “For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19)

So now from this, the purpose of this life seems ever clearer: To find the way back to God, through Jesus, before our physical death takes place. If we accept Jesus as our Lord, ask for forgiveness for our rebellion against God, and live in obedience to Him, God will recreate us once again into what we were meant to be, perfect beings. This takes place for those who have accepted Jesus Christ after the physical death.  Once we disconnect ourselves from Satan and reconnect to God we must change our ways. “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:11) A change in masters means a change in service, and that is what truly must be accomplished. Also remember we cannot possibly serve God and Satan at the same time.

Commit to memory "that our old man is crucified with Him (Jesus), that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." (Romans 6:6) Satan wants to keep the truth about redemption from us. Keeping the truth from us will keep us a damned people. Jesus is the doorway back to God, the only doorway; there is no other way back to God. Many other religions claim that we will only see heaven depending upon our works here on earth. This is not true. We are only saved by the grace of God through faith, friends. We cannot forgive ourselves from something we did to be reconciled with God. He must forgive us, and He will only forgive us, if we ask. Jesus made reconciliation with God possible. He is the only way to avoid the punishment for what mankind did and continues to do against God. We have been given a second chance. Thank God for His love and mercy!

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