The Big Picture


As you contemplate God and the purpose of life and learn about Jesus and that He is our savior, you may wonder why we need a savior anyway.  Many people wonder, “why doesn’t God just weigh our good deeds and our bad deeds at the end of the day – and, if our good deeds outweigh our bad deeds, he allows us to enter heaven?”  To understand the answer to that question, it is helpful to get a glimpse of the bigger picture of God’s plan to restore us to Himself and bring us into His house to be part of His family.   

In order to get the big picture, it is helpful to start at the beginning.  The creation of the world and the beginnings of man are described in the bible, at the very beginning, in the Old Testament.  There the book of Genesis tells us that God created the earth and everything that is in it.  After creating the heavens, the earth, the seas, the mountains, the plants, the animals, fish, birds, etc. and all things that are in the earth, he then created man – Adam – and breathed into him the breath of life.  Because Adam was alone, he then created woman – Eve – to be his wife and companion. 

As the bible makes clear, in the garden, Adam and Eve truly had "life."  God Himself had created and breathed the breath of life (His life) into Adam and Eve.  In the Garden, Adam and Eve had Life and Fellowship with God in His presence, as they walked and talked with Him daily.  Indeed, that is true "life" – to live and be in the presence of God and to have Fellowship with Him -- and Adam and Eve had this life and fellowship with God in the Garden.  

When God put Adam and Eve into the garden, He told them that they could freely eat of any tree in the garden.  But he gave them one commandment – “you must not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for in the day you eat thereof, you will surely die.”  Genesis 2:17.  Simple enough. One commandment not to partake.

The biblical account tells us that the serpent (Satan/the Devil) beguiled Eve: 

“And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  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.”  Genesis 3:2-6. 

So it was that Adam and Eve were beguiled (deceived) by Satan, the Father of Lies.  And what did Satan tempt Eve with?  He said: “Ye shall not surely die:  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.”  Genesis 3:4-5. 

So, the Devil tempted Adam and Eve with the lure of becoming “as gods.”  It is interesting that the first temptation in our world was the same as the lure and ultimate goal of some religions of today - for men to become gods.  But beware. That was the temptation of the devil.  God unequivocally declares:

"Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me." Isaiah 43:10.

He is the everlasting God, the beginning and the end and there is none beside Him. 

Adam and Eve gave in to the temptation of the devil and ate of the forbidden fruit.  As a result, Adam and Eve were “cast out” from the garden and they lost fellowship with God.  God said to the woman, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing”  (nowhere are we told in the biblical account that Adam and Eve could not have children in the Garden – rather, we are told that from, then on, God would “increase” Eve’s pains in childbearing).  To Adam, God said, “cursed is the ground for thy sake.”  Genesis 3:17. 

Because of their "sin", Adam and Eve were cast out of God's presence and sin and death entered into the world.  Death, meant not only physical death -- "death", more importantly, includes spiritual death which is life without God's presence and fellowship. In their fallen and sinful state, God could no longer walk and commune with them, because God is Holy and cannot be in the presence of sin.  Because man lost his fellowship and life with God, Satan gained power over man and the earth.  

It is sometimes said that the Christian world believes that all mankind is punished for the sins of Adam and Eve.  In essence, we all are attributed with Adam’s sin and punished for what he and Eve did.  No, we are not “punished” for Adams transgressions – we, as Adam and Eve’s posterity, lost our status of a life with access to God’s presence and fellowship, by Adam and Eve’s transgression.  As their posterity, we “inherited” that position of being without life and fellowship with God.  We, as individuals, are not being "punished" for Adams transgression.  Just as a child who is born to a drug addict mother is not being punished for the mother’s sins, the child does, however, inherit the position of being born to and being raised by the mother who is in that state, as unfortunate as it may be.  So it is as the posterity of Adam, we are not being punished for his transgression, we are born in to a circumstance that was created by his sin.  And the nature of the natural man in this fallen state is an acclimation to sin.  Whereas, in the Garden, man had the presence and blessing of eternal and sinless life, mankind now is born into and lives in a world where mankind, by nature, is sinful and in a fallen state where sin, sickness and death reign

But Almighty God, who is full of mercy, grace and love provided a way for the redemption of mankind.  The way is through faith on His beloved Son, Jesus Christ: He who was the only worthy lamb and who willingly allowed His blood to be shed and laid down His life and was raised again from the grave that we might have life - true life - in and through Him.  (The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23.) 

Under the old covenant (Old Testament), before Jesus was born, cleansing from sin was temporary and had to be made on an ongoing basis through the shedding of the blood of animals and presented to God as a sacrifice by the High Priest on behalf of all of the individual children of Israel.  This had to be done on a regular and ongoing basis until after Christ’s death and resurrection.  And until Christ's sacrifice had been made, God’s presence could only dwell in the tabernacle (later the temple) that was built, as instructed by God Himself, as the place for God’s presence to reside on earth – in the Holy of Holies (the innermost and most holy place in the temple).  The veil of the temple separated and covered the entrance into the Holy of Holies, the most sacred place.  No one other than the High Priest himself could enter into the Holy of Holies where the presence of God dwelled, and then only once a year and always with blood to offer as a sacrifice for himself and for the sins of the people.  Hebrews 9:6-7. 

Under the old covenant that God had made with the children of Israel, atonement had to be perpetually made by the shedding of blood and offering the same as a sacrifice for sin.   But Jesus Christ, the great High Priest, entered in once and for all to the make the full and final sacrifice for sin, once and for all, by the shedding of blood – His own blood.   Christ, “the Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8) “did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.”  Hebrews 9:12.  (Read Hebrews 9 and 10 for a full explanation).  

Thus, Jesus, through His blood, restores us to true "life." (I am come that they might have life.”  John 10:10; Ephesians 2:4-10).  Not just “resurrection” to a new body after our physical death, but “life” in Him, in the present and in the eternity to come.  The veil was torn, the separation from God was abolished and the ability to have access to life in God’s presence was restored through Christ for those that believe in Him.  God no longer dwells in temples made by men.  Acts 7:48; Acts 17:24.  God’s spirit now dwells in the hearts of true individual believers on earth who have accepted God’s gift of grace and received Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  1 Corinthians 3:16.

Christ sets the believer free from the law of sin and death:

“There is therefore NOW no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus HATH MADE me free from the law of sin and death.”  Romans 8:1-2. 

When we put our faith in Christ, our natural man (the sinful nature that came into the world by Adam) is removed as we are reborn spiritually and the Spirit of God now dwells in us:

“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.  Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”  Romans 8:9-11. 

Through Christ we are made new creatures in Him and we are reconciled to God: 

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.   And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 2  Corinthians 5:17-20. 

When we are cleansed from sin and reconciled to God through Christ, we again have Life and Fellowship with the Father: 

“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  For through him we both [Jews and Gentiles] have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.”    Ephesians 2:13-19. 

The real truth is simple and pure.  God’s word and His plan are clear and make perfect sense.  The gospels of men (religionist religions), on the other hand, tend to be confusing and sometimes even contradictory.  Such “religionist” religions, while using the name of Jesus and may call themselves “Christian”, detract from Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life – and instead may claim that receiving God’s gift of His Son, putting our faith in Him and making Him the Lord of our life, is not enough. We have to belong to their religion and receive the ordinances that only they are authorized to minister.  But no, God’s word clearly declares:

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  John 14:6

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:1;9-10

That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.  Romans 10:9-10

[W]hat must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved . . .     Acts 16:30-31

[K]now this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is " 'the stone you
builders rejected, which has become the capstone.
 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.  Acts 4:10-12 

It is as simple as that.  God loved us – He loves YOU – so much that He gave His one and only Son as a sacrifice for your sin.  Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the only worthy lamb, suffered and paid your debt and mine by the shedding of His own blood.  Because He was the Son of God, He laid down His life of His own free will and He was raised again on the third day by the power of God – triumphant over sin and death.  We can have life – eternal life in God’s presence – because He lives! 

But be assured, God loves you and is drawing you to come and receive life and salvation, by His gift of grace, through faith in His Son.  He wants to bless you:

“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  Romans 8:32omans 8:32

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him . . “ Revelations 3:20


“Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  And ye shall seek me, and find me,  WHEN YE SHALL SEARCH FOR ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART.”  Jeremiah 29:12-13


May you seek Him with all your heart, that you may find Him and that He may bless you with Eternal Life.

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