Salvation for man began in the beginning. God created man and woman for family. To enjoy an unhindered relationship with each other and God. God designed His first family to enjoy each other and for them to know a wondrous glorious God. The Almighty God of all creation.
It’s too wonderful to even imagine what that would have been like had sin and evil not entered the world. Walking daily with God. Never wondering who we were, what we were meant for or if we were on the right path. A world without selfish desires, without a desire for power or greed or money. No anxiety, no fears. All of our needs would be met physically, mentally and spiritually.
According to Genesis 1:31 everything was very good. Good for God I would imagine would be wondrous and glorious. Very good had to be SPECTACULAR! It’s unimaginable how good everything was. God even gave Adam and Eve the choice to love Him. He gave them just one command and all they had to do was obey and enjoy a continued unhindered relationship.
But, things did not to stay that way. Evil entered the world when Satan placed doubt into the mind of Eve and tricked her into believing who she was. They choose to disobey God’s one command and do things their own way. (Genesis 3:1-7) The relationship that Adam and Eve had with God was broken. Or more to the point, they broke God’s heart. Now they set a course for humanity for all time to come. Everyone would be born into sin and live in a sin filled world.
The universe was forever changed.
But God was not surprised and cannot be surprised by any event. He transcends space and time, after all, He created it! He sees every event, every person always. Let us also not forget that Jesus created all things through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:15-20). So bringing back humanity to a right relationship with God was and is His idea from before the beginning of time with Jesus. (2 Timothy 1:9)
But God knew that mankind could not achieve their way back to Him, so in His great and awesome love He has for all mankind, He was and is the only way to bring mankind back to Him through Jesus’ suffering and dying on the cross. (John 3:16)
But God…They way of salvation then is this:
Acknowledge your sins and your need for a savior. 1 John 1:8-9 says “If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Believe in Jesus Christ and ask Him to be Lord of your life. Romans 10:9-10 says “if you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
Commit your life over to a life in Christ. Acts 3:19 says “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”
But God didn’t even let it end there with salvation. Since God is the author and finisher of our faith, he perfects salvation and faith in us day by day until He returns again. (Hebrews 12:2) He also gives us His Holy Spirit to work in us (John 16:12-15) and to live in us (1 Corinthians 3:16). Where ever we go we take the Holy Spirit with us and we are to bring others to meet with God through the Holy Spirit working in us (2 Corinthians 3:17).
Day by day as you draw near to God, He draws near to you (James 4:8) and you can get a glimpse of the Kingdom of God in you (Luke 17:21). Life without God is a terrible experience just as it was for Adam and Eve, but it doesn’t need to be that way thanks to God and His love for us by sending His son to take away our sins, restoring us to a right relationship with God, giving us His Holy Spirit to live in and guide us and teach us all things. Now we wait for the day of His return and when we can live and know Him and praise and worship Him like the original family or church that He designed from the beginning.
However, I think it will be even more magnificent than before.