God Loves You!WORDS OF LIFE FOR ALL MANKIND

 

DO YOU KNOW:

 

That God, in His great, infinite love, His unselfish good will (#Lu 2:14; 1#Joh 4:8), has provided a way in which you and all mankind (no matter of whatancestry, race, color, nationality, education, occupation, social status,financial position, etc.) can obtain everlasting life?

 

DO YOU KNOW:

 

That the angels in heaven do not die, nor did God create man so that he had todie-that if Adam, "the first man," had not sinned, he would still be alive onearth to day (#Ge 3:22-24)?

 

That "by one man [Adam-his disobedience] sin entered into the world, and deathby sin; and so death spread to all men [by heredity], for all have sinned," andare under death (not eternal torture!) sentence, born in sin, "shaped ininiquity" (#Ro 5:12, 19; #1Co 15:21,22; #Ps 51:5)?

 

That God had the right to require obedience from Adam, to whom He had givenlife, even as He properly has required it from His angelic creatures?

 

That the penalty that God placed on Adam for sin was not eternal life in fireand torture by fire-proof devils, or life in any other form, but death ("youwill surely die"; "the wages of sin is death"-#Ge 2:17; #Ro 6:23), i.e.,cessation of life, to both soul ("the soul that sins, it will die"-#Eze 18:4,20; #Jas 5:20) and body ("to dust you will return"-#Ge 2:17; 3:19)?

 

That God in justice could have executed Adam and Eve at once after theydisobeyed, thus taking back the life He had given them, but He in mercy let themdie gradually and bring forth children, a human race, though imperfect and in adying condition?

 

That God heard the groaning of the prisoner, Adam and his race under the deathcurse (#Ps 102:19,20), and His great love prompted Him to use His power torelease mankind from the death penalty, but His justice, which can by no meansclear the guilty (#Nu 14:18), first had to be satisfied on behalf of Adambefore he and his race could be set free, so that God might continue to be justand yet be the Justifier of those who believe (#Ro 3:26); and that thereforeHis infinite wisdom (#Ro 11:33) worked out a plan for mankindís salvation?

 

DO YOU KNOW:

 

That to free mankind without violating Godís justice, a ransom (a correspondingprice), a perfect human life, had to be paid over to Justice for Adamís perfecthuman life, forfeited by his disobedience; but that none of his imperfect race,already condemned to death, could "by any means redeem his brother, nor give toGod a ransom for him" (Psalm 49:7; #Isa 64:6; #Ro 3:23)?

 

That God in His great love caused His only begotten Son to be "made flesh," alittle lower than the angels, for suffering of deaththat he by the grace of Godshould taste death for every man" (#Joh 1:14; 3:14-18; #Heb 2:9; Matthew20:28)?

 

That God showed His love to us, "in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ diedfor us," "gave himself a ransom for all to be testified in due time," "apropitiation [satisfaction]for the sins of the whole world" (#Ro 5:6-10; #1Ti 2:3-6; #1Jo 2:2)?

 

That due to Jesusí willing Ransom-sacrifice every man will "in due time" have anopportunity to be restored (#Ac 3:19-23) to human perfection, as Adam had itbefore he fell, and will be given a trial for everlasting life, and that Christ(and His Church) is the Seed of promise through whom "all the families of theearth will be blessed" and judged (#Ge 12:3; 22:16-18; #Ga 3:8, 16, 29; #Ps 72:1-4; #1Co 6:2; #Mt 19:28; #Lu 22:29, 30; #Ac 17:31;#2Ti 4:1)?

 

That "he that comes to God must believe that he is [exists-Psalm 53:1], and thathe is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him," for "without faith it isimpossible to please him" (#Heb 11:6)?

 

That "the fear [reverence] of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom," a fountainof life (Psalm 11:10; #Pr 14:27)-that to know God is to love Him; "he thatloves not knows not God" (#1Jo 4:8)?

 

That Jesus is "the way, the truth and the life"; none can come to God, but byHim (#Joh 14:6; 10:9; 3:36; #Ac 4:12; 16:31; #1Jo 5:10-12)?

 

DO YOU KNOW:

 

That in coming to God we must repent for sin (#Ac 17:30; 26:20)-we mustrecognize our sin, be sorry for it, and hate, abandon, confess and oppose it,and, if possible, make restitution for it; and we must learn to love, practiceand strive for righteousness; but that our works, however good, cannot justifyus (#Ga 2:16; 3:2-14; #Eph 2:9)?

 

That only by our believing, accepting personally by faith Jesus and value of Hisshed blood, can we be cleansed and justified before God (#1Jo 1:7-10;#Re 1:5; #Ac 13:39; #Ro 1:16; 3:24,25; 5:1)?

 

That next we must consecrate, i.e., give up our own wills and accept Godís willour own, as Jesus did (#Heb 10:7), and then be His faithful followers, if wewould gain everlasting life (#Ro 5:2; 12:1; 6:23; #Pr 23:26; Matthew16:24-26; #Joh 10:27,28)?

 

That Jesus is able "to save them to the uttermost that come to God through him"(#Heb 7:25), and He lovingly invites us, "Come to me, all you that labor andare heavy laden, and I will give you rest," "him that comes to me I will in noway cast out" (#Mt 11:28; #Joh 6:37)-and that since our days are few anduncertain, we should not delay in accepting Godís great love-gift (Psalm90:3-12; #Jas 4:14; #2Co 9:15)?

 

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