IS PRESENTED AS SAVIOR
Rivers of Joy
Baptist Church, Minford, Ohio
by nature is a Savior of sinners. I Timothy 1:1, 4:10, Titus 1:3-4,
To save them from sin,
to save them from the consequence of sin,
to save them from the power of sin,
to save them even from the presence of
God is presented as a Savior:
We find Him being introduced as the
We discover here the introduction of His
plan of redemption.
We hit upon here the indication that He
is bringing salvation to sinful people.
FOUR COMPONENTS OF SALVATION:
From man’s side there are essentially
two components of salvation: faith and
Built into faith is repentance. And a belief in God that God would do what He
said He would do.
From God’s side two things are necessary: atonement and security.
God has to provide a right way for the
purpose of being able to give the atonement to cover our sin, and then he has
to hold onto us to keep us saved until we get to glory.
THE INDISPENSABLE ELEMENTS OF
salvation of sinners.
deliverance from sin.
deliverance from death and hell. By faith and hope.
divine atonement and security.
GOD PROVIDES A MEANS FOR SALVATION IN THE ATONEMENT.
2:21: God provides the means for sin.”The Lord God made
garments of skins.”
is a covering for sinners provides by the death of an innocent substitute.
53 gives us the picture of Jesus Christ as the sinners
God had every right to kill Adam and Eve
instantaneously, but as Savior, He brings a substitute, slays the substitute
and covers the sinners’ shame and guilt by the death of a substitute; His
judgment, His justice, His wrath being satisfied by the death of the
substitute. Which is the purpose of the death of Jesus on the Cross. 2
So, then, the first element of salvation
introduced to us is faith; faith in the fact that God has provided a
deliverer. The second element of
salvation, faith would be pointless, unless God has provided atonement, and He
has. Now the third component, or
building block in salvation is:
Salvation requires security: The assurance
that salvation will not be taken away.
Vs 22 “Then
the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and
evil; now, lest he stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life,
and eat, and live forever.:
Knowing good and evil in that Adam knew it, because he experienced it.
Now knowing evil, Adam didn’t like it,
and would have tried to alleviate its circumstances.
Now looking for some way to get out of
the mess you have gotten yourself in.
The shame, dying, the moral, physical
and spiritual consequence.
Knowing the impact, how can it be
rectify to turn that around? Head toward the tree of life!
So, “Eve, we must get back to that tree
of life, and we will live. If we eat of the tree of live we will live forever.”
Adam. Believing they would have counteract
the effects of death.
Verse 22 is an introductory clause, but
there’s no completing clause. It’s God just saying,
“I know what he’s going to do, he is
going right to that tree of life, and he’s going to reach out, and he’s going
to say if I can get that tree of life, and eat, it, I’ll live for ever, and
alleviate the consequences of my sin. Well, God said, I can’t let him do that.”
Verses 23 “Therefore, the Lord God sent
him out from the garden of Eden.”
LITTLE FOOT NOTE HERE:
The Garden of Eden was still there, the
tree of life was still there, paradise was still there. And could have possible
being there until the Flood, or long before that died out.
Adam and Eve eaten of the tree of life they would have lived forever.
The eternal life in the tree of life is
not in the botany of the tree. It’s not in the chemical of the fruit. Simply by
divine decree that tree would gave life.
Had they eaten of the tree, they would
have lived forever. Only one problem!
They would have lived forever as wicked,
depraved, fallen sinners. That’s not good.
God has something much better. “Just go and die and I’ll raise you in a new
kind of life without sin.” Good right? Right.
ETERNAL LIFE AS A FALLEN SINNER, THAT’S
WHAT HELL IS.
If they had eaten of the tree of life,
they would have sentenced themselves to the most gruesome kind of living.
They had seen death. Remember? God had
killed the animal. And they didn’t want
Death would have been a just punishment,
God could have said, “Go ahead, and sentence yourself to a hell of uninterrupted,
GOD… He wouldn’t do that? YOU KNOW WHY?