Why is God important?

God is the Creator of the universe and mankind (Genesis 1&2).

 As His creation, we belong to Him; therefore, we are accountable to Him as our creator - owner.

What does God expect from us?

The Bible recounts the creation of the heavens and the earth, plants, animals and humans in the first book, Genesis. Unlike all the rest of creation, people were made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26 -27), which gave them a spiritual connection to Him (Job 32:8; Proverbs 20:27).

 God’s plan was for people to look after the earth for Him and to populate it (Genesis 1:28). He explained to the first man, Adam, the standard

by which he and his wife, Eve, were to conduct themselves (Genesis 2:15 -17). God also explained the consequences of breaking that rule: death.

Going our own way

Adam and Eve chose to rebel against God’s plan by breaking His rule

(Genesis 3:1-6).

That is what sin is. As God had promised, because of that of sin death entered the world (Romans 6:23a). For Adam and Eve there was immediate spiritual death – the relationship they had previously had with God was ruined. Physical decay that leads to death began throughout all of creation (Romans 8:20 - 22).

And without a means of being saved from it, once decay gave way to physical death, Adam and Eve were faced with the prospect of everlasting

death. 

Born dead 

Not only was Adam’s and Eve’s own situation affected when they fell short of God’s standard, when their children and grandchildren were born they inherited that same desire to do their own thing rather than obey God (Romans 5:12; Isaiah 53:6). Since that time everyone has been born spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1).

That is why when Nicodemus came one night to see Jesus, he was told the only way he could see heaven was to be born again (John 3:3).

Facing judgment

Because of sin, eventually every person faces physical death. At that point we all come face to face with our Creator who will judge us on whether or not we kept His rules for our behaviour (Hebrews 9:27). Our tendency toward sin means we fail to meet God’s standard 

(Romans 3:23).

Condemnation is what we all face (John 3:18).

The law has been broken; the consequences of sin must be paid.

The rescue plan

But God was not content to let mankind simply suffer the consequences of our disobedience because He loved us (Romans 5:8).

 He knew our sin made it impossible for us to save ourselves, so God took upon Himself the responsibility of saving us from death and giving us everlasting life. He came to earth in human form – Jesus Christ - and died to pay the price for our sin (John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

Three days later He rose again from the dead (1 Corinthians 5:3 - 4).

Good news – the Gospel

Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection made it possible for Him to offer us the gift of salvation and everlasting life (Romans 6:23b).

 Everyone who recognises the problem their sin causes and calls on the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13).

There is nothing we can do to earn salvation from the consequence of sin – only God can do that (Ephesians 2:8 - 9), but if we believe in our hearts what the Bible says about all these things, we will be saved (Romans 10:9 -10).

Gateshead Evangelical Church 2017

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