From: Daily Devotionals | In Search of the Lord’s Way
We are Made in God’s Image
Consequences – Favored by God, we are still sinners. The crowning achievement of God’s creation was mankind. God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (Genesis 1:26). He made them male and female in His own image (Genesis 1:27).
The Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. From the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man (Genesis 2:21-22).
God united the two in the first marriage. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed (Genesis 2:24). So innocent were they that they could be naked and not feel shame. They had access to the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Consequences – Tempted by Satan, we Disobey God
The evil serpent, the devil, tempted Eve through creating doubt in God’s command, lying, and presenting a sinful alternative. So the shrewd devil easily led Eve astray, and a foolish Adam followed. They disobeyed God and found the consequences severe. Adam and Eve were forced out of the Garden and separated from the tree of life; they would have to earn their bread by the sweat of their brow; the ground was cursed with thorns and thistles; humans from that day forward would know death; God multiplied the pain woman had in child-bearing; and the woman was to desire the man but be ruled by him.
Hope and Redemption through Jesus Christ
Every action has consequences, and the first Adam brought death to us all. In the midst of this tragedy, however, is the promise of the seed of the woman (Genesis 3:16) who would overcome the seed of the serpent. This prophecy of Jesus gives hope and redemption.
In Search of the Lord’s Way
In Christian Love,
Bill Arnold, Minister
Ridgeway Church of Christ
YOU MUST DO THESE THINGS to Become a Christian
Becoming a Christian, Saved, Born Again, In Christ, or becoming a new creature all talk about salvation.
1) You must believe and confess that Jesus is the son of God. John 8:24 Jesus said you must believe that He is the Christ the Son of the living God. Matthew 10:32-33, Acts 8:36-37 further tells us to confess that Jesus is God’s son.
2) Luke 13:3 Jesus said you must repent of your sins.
3) Mark 16:16 Jesus said you must be baptized.
4) Live faithfully unto death. 1 John 1:2
As a new creature, a Christian, we will live faithfully unto death and then arise to live forever with God. This is the God who loves you, who wants you to be his child. You can become the child of a King!
Won’t you heed His word?