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 what† ancestry, 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 to† die-that if Adam, "the first man," had not sinned, he would still be alive on† earth to day (#Ge 3:22-24)?
That "by one man [Adam-his disobedience] sin entered into the world, and death† by sin; and so death spread to all men [by heredity], for all have sinned," and† are under death (not eternal torture!) sentence, born in sin, "shaped in† iniquity" (#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 given† life, 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 fire† and torture by fire-proof devils, or life in any other form, but death ("you† will 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 they† disobeyed, thus taking back the life He had given them, but He in mercy let them† die gradually and bring forth children, a human race, though imperfect and in a† dying condition?
That God heard the groaning of the prisoner, Adam and his race under the death† curse (#Ps 102:19,20), and His great love prompted Him to use His power to† release mankind from the death penalty, but His justice, which can by no means† clear the guilty (#Nu 14:18), first had to be satisfied on behalf of Adam† before he and his race could be set free, so that God might continue to be just† and yet be the Justifier of those who believe (#Ro 3:26); and that therefore† His 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 corresponding† price), a perfect human life, had to be paid over to Justice for Adamís perfect† human 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 to† God 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," a† little lower than the angels, for suffering of deaththat he by the grace of God† should taste death for every man" (#Joh 1:14; 3:14-18; #Heb 2:9; Matthew† 20:28)?
That God showed His love to us, "in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died† for us," "gave himself a ransom for all to be testified in due time," "a† propitiation [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 an† opportunity to be restored (#Ac 3:19-23) to human perfection, as Adam had it† before 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 the† earth 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 that† he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him," for "without faith it is† impossible to please him" (#Heb 11:6)?
That "the fear [reverence] of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom," a fountain† of life (Psalm 11:10; #Pr 14:27)-that to know God is to love Him; "he that† loves not knows not God" (#1Jo 4:8)?
That Jesus is "the way, the truth and the life"; none can come to God, but by† Him (#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 must† recognize 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, practice† and strive for righteousness; but that our works, however good, cannot justify† us (#Ga 2:16; 3:2-14; #Eph 2:9)?
That only by our believing, accepting personally by faith Jesus and value of His† shed 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 will† our own, as Jesus did (#Heb 10:7), and then be His faithful followers, if we† would gain everlasting life (#Ro 5:2; 12:1; 6:23; #Pr 23:26; Matthew† 16:24-26; #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 and† are heavy laden, and I will give you rest," "him that comes to me I will in no† way cast out" (#Mt 11:28; #Joh 6:37)-and that since our days are few and† uncertain, we should not delay in accepting Godís great love-gift (Psalm† 90:3-12; #Jas 4:14; #2Co 9:15)?