A Christian educator walked down a busy city street, enjoying a breath of fresh air before his next lecture. As he turned the corner, a tract – wielding, zealous young Christian confronted him, “Are you saved, brother?” the young woman asked. “Saved from what?” That response seemed to confuse the young woman, but it started a good conversation. The bible doesn’t start with the question, “Are you saved?” but instead with the statement, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). What follows is the story of how God had a plan to save His people from the consequences of their rebellion. How this would work was prefigured in the sacrificial system of OT Judaism; but was made real in the predicted sacrifice of the God – man, Jesus Christ.
So “saved from what?” Today’s article therefore outlines the dire consequences of sin. Genesis 3 tells the sad story of Adam and Eve’s lost relationship with God through sin. The effects of their fall were dramatic, immediate and far reaching, infecting every subsequent member of the human race.
The consequences included among others:
In view of the above, believers have every reason to thank God; for by faith in His Son and His finished work on the cross, we can experience the best gift anyone could ever want – Jesus Christ – and access to all His promised blessings. Will you, this day choose whom you will serve!
The Very Rev. Canon Michael Mukhwana,