In my post titled Beguiled to Believing part 2 we covered Genesis 3:7-19 and “The Captive”-Eve. We saw that Satan baited Eve into thinking God’s word wasn’t true, his character couldn’t be trusted, that she had the right to decide what was right and wrong and she didn’t need God’s restrictions.
She chose to forfeit her fellowship with God, Adam does the same, and they take the entire human race down with them. We are all born in bondage, enslaved to sin, spiritually dead, and destined to an eternal home in hell.
But on that dark day of rebellion, hope was on the horizon. God made a way for us to be forgiven and free through his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. We see some references to Jesus even though he’s not named, in Genesis 3:15 and in 21.
There are two things to notice here:The Prophecy of a Savior, and the Pattern of a Sacrifice.
Prophecy of a Savior–Genesis 3:15~And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. This is the prophecy of the virgin-born Savior of the world. You can read Luke 1:26-38 to get the story of the angel coming to the virgin Mary to announce her future conception and birth of the Messiah.
Jesus is the Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin to save his people from their sins. He lived a perfectly sinless life because he was also God in the flesh. 1Timothy 4:16 says “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” Only God could crush the serpent, so God became a man. Jesus is the God-man.
Pattern of a Sacrifice–Genesis 3:21~ Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God made coats of skins, and clothed them. Hebrews 9:22 says that “without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. A sacrifice had to be made to provide the skins to properly cover Adam and Eve. This is the first of many animals killed to cover the sins of the people.
The example God started continues throughout the OT with animal sacrifices that foreshadowed the perfect and complete sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Read Hebrews 9:12-14. By his blood he obtained eternal redemption for us. His blood had to be shed to make atonement for the sins of mankind. A perfect and just God can’t sweep sin under the rug, he must deal with the injustice of sin or he is no longer a just Judge. My sin put Jesus on that cross and so did yours. His blood had to be shed so we could be forgiven of our sins, and reconciled to God.
The blood of Christ on the Cross:
- Pays the penalty for our sins-This is called Justification. At the moment we believe the gospel, we are made right with God, we are saved from the penalty of sin. When God looks down on us, he’s sees the shed blood of his Son covering all of our sins. He completely forgives us for every single sin we have ever committed and wipes our slate clean. An easy way to remember Justification is-Just as if I’d never sinned.
- Provides peace with God– Read Romans 5:8-10, 2Corinthians 5:18-21, Colossians 1:20-22. If you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you’re an enemy of God. No matter how sweet you are, if you aren’t saved, you’re at enmity with God. When you repent of your sin and put your faith in Christ alone to save you, you have peace with God.
- Purchased our freedom-Read 1Peter 1:18-21. The word “redeemed” means to free from captivity by payment of a ransom. When Jesus died on the cross, he paid the ransom so we could be set free from our bondage to sin. If we have accepted Christ, sin is no longer our slave-master. At salvation, that bondage we’re born into is broken. We are free, but that doesn’t mean we are free to run off and do what we want, we’re free from sin to serve our new Master.
1Corinthians 6:20~For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s
So Christ has paid the penalty for our sins, provides peace for us with God, and purchased our freedom with his death on the cross. But the good news doesn’t end there! Read 1Corinthians 15:1-8. On the third day after he was laid in the tomb, breath came back into his lungs, his heart started to beat again pumping blood throughout his body, and Jesus came back to life.
Some of you may find this hard to believe, or you may run into people who want to try to tell you it didn’t happen so you’ll want to read my next post titled 6 Proofs of Christ’s Resurrection.
The resurrection signifies that the debt had been paid in full, that God fully accepted the sacrifice of his Son to make full payment for the sins of the entire world. With the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, all of those who are in bondage are set free to serve the living God. This is the good news of the gospel, freedom and forgiveness through the finished work of Christ.
Jesus is the real deal, and he is the only way to a right relationship with God the Father. In John 14:6 Jesus himself says that he is “the way, the truth, and the life and no man comes to the Father but by him.”
He is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, the resurrected Lord. In Revelation 1:8 he says he is “the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
If you haven’t put your faith in Christ yet I pray that the good news of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ will penetrate your heart right now. Be free from the chains of bondage! Go from beguiled to believing today. Confess your sins and profess your faith. Repent and believe the gospel to be saved!
~Acts 4:12~Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.