Monday, January 16, 2012
The Grand Story
Moral - Man was never meant to live this life without God. There are two paths - the narrow one, following after God and His Goodness. Or the wide one - man following his base nature. Driven by lust and greed. It doesn't end well for these goats.
In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth and eventually man. All was good. Man and woman walked with God, until the evil Satan tempted them. Lying to Adam and Eve, the Serpent told them God was holding out on them.
The first lie - God is not good. You lack and deserve more.
Adam and Eve swallowed the lie, were cast out of paradise, entered the life of death.
BUT God wasn't finished. He knew what would happen and had already made provision to woo his creation back into fellowship with Him. He promised the woman her seed would crush the enemy's head.
And Adam and Eve believed and waited. Their sons and daughters waited. And at the right time, God sent His only begotten Son that whoever believed on Him might not perish and have eternal life.
And the Son died for the sin of the world, and rose again from the dead on the third day, defeating the enemy of God and man. Through God's Son, Jesus, man was assured of eternal life. Entrance to the kingdom of God and the promise of right standing in the eye of the Father by believing on Jesus.
Restoration of mankind through Jesus. In Christ, you have all you need. In fact He came to give those who believed abundant life that would never be taken away.
Jesus defeated the enemy.
Little battles continue as the Believers, the Church, learn to overcome the evil one.
But one day, soon, Jesus returns and the last great battle is fought. Satan and his followers will be thrown into the lake of fire. And the Believers will enter the New Jerusalem.
God is Good. Know this, believe it, and live as overcomers.
The end? Well, there is no end. Life everlasting. Eternal life has no end.
Posted by Patricia PacJac Carroll at 9:37 AM