“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith” Romans 1:16-17
LIGHT FOR NOW: You can’t talk about salvation without talking about sin.
We have seen from the mission statement of Jesus in Matthew 1:21 that salvation deals with sins; that is, rescue or deliverance from sin’s consequences and punishment. You can’t talk about salvation without talking about sin, why? This is because sin is what salvation came to deal with. Now quickly, since salvation deals with sin and in talking about salvation, you can’t omit talking about sin, let’s quickly discuss this sin concept before we get back to the salvation investigation. The question is; sin? How come sin? Who created sin? Was sin part of God’s creation? What about sin and the plan of God? Who sinned; God or man? Was it God’s plan for man to sin or is it that in the plan of God, he accommodated the sin of man? What is even the plan of God? Truth is, the understanding of the above questions as touching the sin concept will let us know the necessity of salvation. And also, a careful understanding of what will be discussed as the study proceeds will let us see if salvation was God’s reaction to man’s sin or if salvation had been before man’s sin came to be.
In Genesis 2:7, the writer says “And the Lord God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”. In Genesis 2:7 was when man (Adam) was formed. Notice, man was formed of the dust of the ground. That term “out of the dust of the ground” being translated from the Hebrew lexicon is to let us see that man is of the earth, that is, man is earthy. The statement “of the dust of the ground” means man is of the earth. When you see the word “earth”, don’t always think it refers to this physical world; there are instances in scriptures where the word “earth” or “world” is used figuratively for man. Now observe “and he breathed into his nostrils the breath of life”, many have interpreted this statement to mean that the breadth of life in which God breathed into Adam was the life of God. So from here, you will hear many say “Adam had the life of God… then when he sinned he lost the life and thus, could not function in the class of God again”. But how true is this theology? Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: You cannot rush bible study.
PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name. Amen!!
QUOTE: Diligence in bible study demands consistence persistence.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 2