The Pre-Creation Conference, Part 4, Light will replace darkness.

Many theologians and other people regard the ‘fall’ of man in Genesis 3 as the most tragic event in history.  It is there that man moved from the light of God’s presence to the darkness of Satan’s kingdom.  

History revolves around Genesis 3

We believe that the whole of the Bible and the whole of human history revolves around Genesis 3.  Why? 

  • The Godhead decided before creation that Jesus would be the Lamb of God.  Why would He be the Sacrificial Lamb if nothing happened?  They foresaw the event that would impact humanity greatly.  
  • The fact that the Godhead made those decisions before creation is a demonstration of their omniscience.  They are never surprised by anything.  Nothing ever happens unexpectedly to them.  Even the events of our time are no surprise to them.  
  • As mentioned, nowhere does the Bible give a hint that the creation of the physical universe was discussed  before creation.  God’s ‘problem’ was with man.  Everything the Godhead discussed had to do with man.  
  • In the Garden of Eden, Satan deceived Adam to disobey God.  This had some effects, which the Godhead provided for in Scripture.  Man, bound to darkness, under the rulership of Satan, will be redeemed by the Son of God.  
  • Therefore, God’s major promise in Genesis 3:15, 

‘…I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.’ 

  • It is a precious, amazing promise: somebody, born of a woman, will crush the head of

 ‘that ancient serpent, the devil or Satan.’  Revelation 12:9   

  • Scripture unveils how the promise of Genesis 3:15 has been fulfilled and is being fulfilled as more people come to Christ.  Finally, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah will finish off the kingdom of darkness, and the Kingdom of Light will be established permanently on the new earth.  (Revealed in Revelation)  

Genesis 3:15 makes sense

  • The ‘fall’ of man, as it is called, makes perfect sense.  No man, with a free will, can choose if there is only one choice available.  So God gave man the opportunity to choose between two candidates (not three choices, because that would just complicate matters).  It was only between the King of light and the ruler of darkness. 
  • God knew man’s choice to obey the ‘serpent’ would plunge them into spiritual darkness and that would call for a Redeemer/Saviour.  It would be Jesus.  
  • That makes sense in the light of the Kingdom.  All people are born in darkness in the devil’s kingdom.  Since the Light, Jesus, arrived, all people can decide whether they want to take hold of that ‘lifeline’ or not.  There is no force from God’s side.  The choice is voluntary.  
  • What does God achieve with this ‘arrangement?’  He makes sure that nobody who is not interested in Him, is forced to be part of His Kingdom.  It has to be by free will.  Nothing else will suffice – no domination.  God will never force His will on people.  
  • With this strategy God accomplished something very important.  Because salvation (to be saved out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light) by the blood of the Lamb would be by grace and mercy, nobody is excluded.  Nobody!  People can rant and rave against God about hell.  It is a waste of time, because all can come to God through Jesus.  Nobody is excluded.  People who refuse to enter the Kingdom are themselves responsible for their final eternal destination, hell.    

Conclusion

Although God did not pre-programme Adam to disobey, it happened.  The Godhead prepared for it.  Genesis 3:15 is the verse that ties the Bible message into one coherent practical unit.

Why did Jesus have to suffer and die?

 

50 Questions

Guy Harrison wrote, ‘Christians often juxtapose [place together] the horror of Lamb of GodJesus’ crucifixion with the love God shows us by allowing His Son to suffer and die.’ 1 He basically says, ‘How can God show His love to us, by letting His own Son suffer and die?’ To answer it we have to begin with Genesis, not with Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

 

Adam and Eve were originally with God in the garden. They ‘heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day.’ 2 It sounds as if they regularly visited with God face to face in their innocent state. Now we come in contact with God’s brilliance that is seldom mentioned. In His wisdom, God did not want another Lucifer or Judas in His eternal Kingdom. Adam and Eve were going to be tested. God gave them a very easy command: they may eat of all the fruit, except the fruit from one tree. If they ate of it, they would surely die.3 Most people know the story. They ate and were expelled from the garden, away from God’s presence and the agent who incited them to disobey God was ‘that ancient serpent, called the devil, or Satan’. 4

 

This episode in Genesis 3 illustrates one of the most profound miracles of God. He shows that He is both just and merciful. He has to judge their sin. But He wants to save Adam and Eve. So He clothed them with skins of animals. Why? Because of the principle of exchange. The innocent animals were killed. They paid the death penalty for Adam’s sin, and Adam and Eve were forgiven. God was just because the sin was punished, but He was also merciful because the guilty were pardoned.

 

Animal lovers will probably cry their hearts out, but it is to no avail. They can do nothing about it because it happened in the past. Today we know that Jesus was the Lamb who was sacrificed,5 because without blood, there is no forgiveness [of sin].6  In Psalm 89:14 we read, ‘Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne, love and faithfulness go before you.’

 

So if Jesus died for the whole world’s sin, is God righteous to send billions to hell? The answer is: His fair exchange of mercy for judgement is available to all people. By grace we are saved, by faith in what God did.7 The guilty can transfer their condemnation on Jesus and go free. Yet they refuse it. They insist that they will pay for their own sins with eternal punishment. They throw God’s supreme act of mercy, back into His face.

 

This answers Guy’s question about Christians believing God sent His beloved Son to die on our behalf. That is justice and mercy in action, unparalleled in the history of mankind.

 

References

  1. Kindle edition, location 189,199 of 5739
  2. Genesis 3:8
  3. Genesis 2:16 -17
  4. Revelation 12:9
  5. Hebrews 9:12,14,28
  6. Hebrews 9:22b
  7. Ephesians 2:8

 

 

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