In the Bible, Genesis 3 is an important chapter to know and understand. This part of the Bible explains the fall of humanity. It also gives details about “the curse,” or the consequences of humankind’s departure from God’s plan.
You can read the entire chapter here.
Humans chose to disobey God, and as a result, lost the benefits of the paradise they’d been living in and forever altered their relationship with God. From that point on, humans had to work hard to obey a very strict and detailed set of laws in order to stay in right standing with God. Even then, it wasn’t quite enough to be accepted by God without a hefty dose of his grace, and without the people needing to offer sacrifices to God for their forgiveness. Simply put, humans cannot measure up to God’s perfection no matter how hard they try.
Fortunately, God didn’t intend for it to stay that way forever.
Throughout the Old Testament, there are many hints about a coming savior. In the New Testament, that savior finally appeared—Jesus Christ, the son of God, sent to earth to teach us and save the lost. He came, lived as an example, healed and performed miracles, and finally, died an undeserved death on the cross and rose again. He did this for our salvation, so that we could return to the relationship God originally intended for us to have with him.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus paid the price for us to be redeemed. Galatians 3:13 says that “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.’” Isaiah 53:4-5 says “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
Because of Jesus, anyone who believes in him is no longer under the curse. Followers of Christ are not fallen, but redeemed, through the grace of God!
Being redeemed means that we will have eternal life in paradise with God—that’s our salvation, through faith in Jesus! It also means that we have the Holy Spirit living in us, and he guides us to live in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. He helps us fight our spiritual battles while we’re living in the world, and brings us peace, joy, and comfort. God gives us so much, because he loves us!
Have you accepted Jesus as your savior yet? Do you want to? You can, right now!
Just pray this prayer:
God, I know that I am not perfect. I have sinned, and that means I am not worthy of you. But I believe you sent your son Jesus to Earth, and he lived a perfect life and he died on the cross, as a sacrifice for me. Jesus, I invite you into my heart right now. Please come in and forgive me of my sins. Make me right with God. Help me live my life in a way that pleases you.
In Jesus name,
If you prayed that prayer, then you are now a redeemed child of God! You just made the best decision you could ever make. Your eternity is secured! Go ahead and celebrate that. And please share it with someone. Send me a message. Go find a church you can be a part of, and continue to grow in your faith.