“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten so, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world: but that through him the world might be saved” John 3:16-17.
LIGHT FOR NOW: The goodness of God is seen in salvation.
We have seen that before man sinned in Genesis 3, God accommodates Genesis 3 in Genesis 1 where we have His salvation plan. And even after man fell in Genesis 3, God in verse 15 still announced His redemption plan, “…the seed of the woman shall bruise thy head…” This is God’s promise of redemption in which Satan will be defeated and his authority rendered redundant or better still God will become a man to pay the price of sin in His death, burial and resurrection to free humanity from the bondage and authority of sin. Remember that man sinned and sin birthed death. Paul says in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. The word “wages” here is the Greek word “opsonion” which means salary, payment or retribution. Man sinned, so man received a payment called death. For man to receive this payment, then it means man worked for it. And this is what we have seen in the Garden of Eden scenario, man worked for sin, how? By his choice of unbelief to God’s word. So man worked for sin and sin paid man wages called death; so man was in a grave state after his choice of unbelief to God’s word. But God loves man and in that love, He had mapped out plans ahead of time to redeem man before man even conceived sin.
But man sinned, so the legality of redemption is that man must redeem man. But God loves man. However, in His form as God, He cannot die because God cannot be killed and He cannot redeem man as God because it will be illegal, in that legality demands man to redeem man. But man is already dead in sin and trespasses. Man is helpless and thus, cannot help himself. So what did God do in man’s state of helplessness? God became a man to save man. God changed form, He changed shape, He took on flesh; that is, He incarnated, why? For the purpose of executing the blue print of redemption. The seed of the woman (in Genesis 3:15 prophecy) took on flesh so that as a man, the legality of redemption can be met as He pays the price of sin to sin and redeems the fallen man from the captivity of sin. This is the goodness of God. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Live in the goodness of God.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your goodness in my life; thank you for the life I have in you in which I am saved to the uttermost, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Jesus’ incarnation was necessary for salvation because it was to establish the legality of redemption.
DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1