THE PLAN OF REDEMPTION
[Genesis:3:1-19]; [Exodus:12:1-8]; [Hebrews:9:1-12]
“For God so love the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
God created man to worship and praise Him. He planted a beautiful Garden for man to live in, and gave him everything he needed to be happy. God Himself came down in the cool of the evening to walk with the people He had created. But someone else came too. Satan in the form of a serpent, entered that happy garden and caused God’s Children to sin.
The sin of Adam and Eve is known as “the fall.” Man fell into sin, and lost the image and favour of God. And because Adam and Eve sinned, every person who has ever been born into the world is born with the nature of sin in him that made him do wrong thing when he is old enough to know right from wrong. Then when he commits sin, he deserves to die because God’s law states, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” [Ezekiel:18:4]).
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, God promised to send a Redeemer who would conquer the enemy and give man power to “go, and sin no more.” The first prophecy concerning Jesus is in [Genesis:3:15]; where God promised that Jesus, the Son of God would be born here among men and die for our sins so that God’s Law might be satisfied without man suffering for his own sins.
Down through the ages, God’s plan of redemption was unfolded step by step, until Jesus the Lamb of God came.
a) What happened to man that required God's plan of redemption? [Genesis:3:6-10], [1 Corinthians:15:21-22].
b) Who became sinners through the sin of Adam? [Romans:5:12], [Romans:5:19]; [Romans:3:23]; [Psalms:51:5]
a) When did God first promised the way out of sin? [Genesis:3:15].
b) Mention other prophesies of the Redeemer. [Genesis:49:10]; [Micah:5:2]; [Numbers:24:17]; [Isaiah:7:14]; [Isaiah:9:6].
Item 3: In whom was the plan of redemption fulfilled? JESUS. [Galatians:4:4-5]; [Hebrews:9:11-12]; [John:1:29]; [Mark:14:24]; [Romans:5:9]; [Colossians:1:14].
Item 4: How can man benefit from God’s plan of Redemption? Through Salvation by
- Acknowledging – [Psalms:51:2-3]; [Luke:18:13].
- Confessing – [Psalms:32:3-5]; [Proverbs:28:13]; [1 John:1:9].
- Repenting – [Jonah:3:5], [Jonah:3:8-10]; [Ezekiel:18:21-22]; [Luke:13:3]; [Acts:3:19].
- Forsaking – [2 Chronicles:7:14]; [Isaiah:55:7].
- Believing – [John:3:16]; [Romans:10:10]; [Hebrews:11:6].
- Receiving – [Romans:8:16].
Item 5: Who are those that will partake in the final redemption? Those who have been saved from their lives of sin and who remain faithful until the Rapture takes place. [Revelation:7:9-14]; [Revelation:19:7-8]; [Matthew:24:13]; [2 Timothy:4:7-8].
Our redemption includes more than having our sins forgiven. Jesus died in our stead, to wash away our sins; but He also shed His Blood for our sanctification [Hebrews:13:12]). The healing of our bodies was also provided for when Jesus died: “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” [1 Peter:2:24]).
There is even more to the plan of redemption than the salvation of our souls and the healing of our bodies. When Jesus comes again He will also redeem our bodies [Romans:8:23]). Before man sinned in the Garden he did not become ill, but when he fell he brought disease upon all people. Jesus does heal us now through His Blood when we become sick, and He will continue to do so until the Rapture of the saints. The overcoming Christians who have gone into the grave before us will rise again in glorified bodies when Jesus comes, and “we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” [1 Thessalonians:4:17]).
Oh, that men, women, boys and girls would avail themselves of the great plan of redemption, turn unto God, repent of their sin and find pardon and peace, before death calls them or before Jesus comes for His own!
CHALLENGE: Have you benefited from God`s plan of redemption?