“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” – Matthew 24:14
LIGHT FOR NOW: The only action that was required as a payment of sin was death.
The death of Jesus was a display of the love of God for mankind. In our previous studies, we saw that the very son of God was left to die; He was crucified; hanged; laid bare and naked. This is love in demonstration; this is the gospel. Recall, to pay for sins will require only one action which is death (Romans 6:23). Furthermore, Jesus’ death will bear a corporal transgression. The saviour must thus die as the price of sin paid to sin to redeem humanity under the bondage of sin. Notice Genesis 2:16-17, it reads “And the Lord God commanded the man saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die”. The result of Adam’s sin was death. Paul in Romans 5:12 echos this. It reads, “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”. In other words, we can deduce that the kind of penalty Jesus will pay will be meted out in the garden. That is, if Jesus will suffer for us, He would suffer with us and suffer like us. The state of man would remain the same if He did not.
God said sin would bring death. What kind of death was God referring to in Genesis 2:16-17? Many have taught and thought this death to be the separation of man (the spirit of man) from his body. What they describe is death in the body, and James in his epistle describes this physical death. It reads, “For the body without the spirit is death” (James 2:26). Now, it is important to note that in the garden, man was yet in his body even after he acted contrary to God’s word. If death passed upon him as spoken of in Genesis 2:16-17, then he must have died just as God had said. If the death God referred to was his spirit departing his body just like Lazarus at his demise, then perhaps the serpent was right when he Said ‘you shall not surely die’. Adam still spoke and lived naturally upon his sin. Was God’s word then a lie? Never!! God never lies. Did man actually die in the garden? This question will be answered in our next study. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Know the gospel.
PRAYER: I declare that my eyes are open up to the facts of the gospel of Christ, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The price of sin was paid to sin and that satisfied sin and sin’s wrath once and for all.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 6 EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1