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3/25/16 at 06:01 AM 0 Comments

The Soul That Sinneth - It Shall Die

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God has decreed it. In the Garden of Eden, God said to Adam, “in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die”. Genesis 2:17. Adam disobeyed God and ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam died spiritually that day.

Esau, Adam’s son offered a sacrifice of the fruit of the ground to God. God rejected it. Why? No animal was killed as his brother Abel had offered. No blood was spilt. The fruit came from the earth that God cursed, because of Adam’s sin.

God in His grace and mercy instituted the slaying of lambs, bulls and goats upon an altar of earth for the temporal forgiveness of sins. In order to appease God’s wrath this ordinance was given to the people of Israel, and to the strangers within their borders, who would embrace this sacrificial offerings for the forgiveness of sins. Note the word “sins”. The annual sacrifices could only atone for sins committed. It could not atone for the sin root - our sin nature that we inherited from Adam.

That is why Jesus came to this earth. He came to die. When God decreed that the soul that sins, it shall die (Ezekiel 18:4), He knew His Son would have to die to pay the penalty of sin. The Lord Jesus is the only one in the universe qualified to die for the sin of Adam’s race.

As an old favorite hymn (There is a green hill far away) is written:

                                           “He died that we might be forgiven,

                                            He died to make us good” (fit for God’s presence)

                                           “That we might go at last to heaven

                                             Saved by His precious blood.”

The Lord Jesus paid the death penalty for our sin. Now we can go free only if we accept God’s offer of redemption. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6: 23. That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10: 9-10.

This is the reason the Lord Jesus is called the last Adam. He has created a new race of people – a people saved by His precious blood. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

All quotes NKJV

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