What Christian Salvation Gives Us

Go to any evangelistic service and you will undoubtedly hear the preacher talk about being saved so that you can go to heaven. And this is exactly what the Bible says about being saved. We accept Jesus Christ so we can spend eternity with Him in heaven. However, Christian Salvation gives us much more than this.

We Are Given a Life of Fellowship with God

This is life as God originally intended it to be. This is what the story of the Garden of Eden is all about. After God created all that He did, He then created an ideal environment that was called The Garden of Eden. Then He created two human beings, Adam and Eve and placed than in this wonderful place.

Why did God do this? Why did God create the human race? This has been the eternal question of countless numbers of people. Why am I here? What am I here for? What is my purpose here on earth? People have come up with a multitude of different answers.

Yet, if you just read the Bible, you find the answer. God created us so He would have someone to share His eternal love with. Remember, love can only be shared with and by those who are free not to love. God had created the angels, but they were created as servants. They were created for the sole purpose of serving and obeying God. They were not free to love.

Why God Created the Human Race

So God had a novel idea. He would create a creature that would be free to love. It was a dangerous move because if this creature was free to love, it was also free to not love and even rebel against his maker. But God wanted to share His love so much that He did it anyway.

Genesis 1:26 (NIV) says: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’”

We are created in God’s image, in His likeness. In other words, we were given all the abilities of God. God did limit us in one way. We were not given the ability to create something out of nothing. We are not gods, but we are like God, with the ability to love and share love. Yes, we were created for the express purpose of sharing love with God.

Sin Entered the Human Race

The first human beings were like little children. God had created them as free creatures so they had to learn everything they needed to know. God came into the garden every evening and talked with Adam and Eve. He was sharing love with them. But He was also teaching them what they needed to know to become mature human beings.

He wanted them to experience only that which was good. He didn’t want them to experience, or even know about evil. But being free creatures, they had the ability to know about and experience evil. This is what the story in Genesis 3 is all about.

Satan exploited the one weakness in humans. We are very curious creatures. So he tempted Eve with the line that what God had forbidden was actually something desirable and would bring pleasure to her.

Then Satan did something that he always does. He lied to her by telling her a partial truth. Yes, participation in evil things can be desirable and can even bring pleasure to us. Why else would people do it?

But then Satan left out a very crucial part of the truth. God had told Adam and Eve that if they ate the fruit of that tree, that they would die. Satan told Eve that it was not true, they would not die and she believed him.

The whole truth was that they would not die physically, but that they would die spiritually. That is, they would alienate themselves from God. And that is exactly what happened. For that, they were cast out of God’s perfect garden.

God Did Not Give Up On Us

Just as God knew would happen, evil spread throughout the next generations of human beings. In fact, it got so bad that only one Man and his family sought after God. That was Noah. You can read his story in Genesis 6:9-9:29.

No, God did not give up on the human race, He loves us too much. He set an amazing plan into action. He then found Abram (who became Abraham) and established a covenant with him. He would bring salvation to the whole world through him and his descendants.

This salvation comes through Jesus Christ, who was a descendant of Abraham. God had given His law to Moses, but the people had to keep sacrificing animals to seek forgiveness of sin. (God required this because sin is so terrible and does separate us from God.) So Jesus, God’s only Son, came to the earth to be the final and perfect sacrifice for sin.

It is by accepting what He did for us on the cross that we can once again have a life of fellowship with God as He originally intended.

We Can Continue that Life of Fellowship after Physical Death

Once we are created in the womb, we can never cease to exist. We are going to exist forever, either in the presence of God or outside the presence of God. Remember, God created a place where His presence would not be, to put the angels that rebelled against Him. The Bible calls this place “The Lake of Fire.” We usually call it “Hell.”

Rev. 20:15 (NIV) says: “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” Remember, the Bible says that only those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior have their names written in the Book of Life.

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