Preface: The manifestations of God’s law and His grace provide powerful evidence of His love for us and His desire to save us.
The Fall of our first parents remains a lesson to us that God has tremendous respect for the power of choice. He gave this choice to the intelligent beings He created. This is why we are free to obey Him or rebel against Him. He does not force us to remain loyal to Him. Our loyalty to Him should be our own decision.
The Fall of Adam is also a lesson to us that God is loving and merciful. This is why He gave His Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins that we may be saved from the eternal death, misery, sorrow, and degradation which are results of transgressing God’s law.
The death of Christ on Calvary brought about hope of eternal life for all those who believe in Christ and abide in Him. For those who want to live forever, God does not require tough assignments; neither does He demand large sums of money. All we have to do is believe in Jesus Christ and give to Him our lives and hearts.
Belief in Christ allows Him to receive us as sinners and to cleanse us by His blood shed on Calvary. We should offer our repentance of sins, which means sorrow for our sins and a turning away from them. We shouldn’t repent simply to escape judgment, but to seek purity of heart and justification before God.
In seeking salvation in our daily life, confession—acknowledging our sins—is important. It should be directed to God as well as to anyone we have sinned against. “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:16, NIV).
After repenting and confessing, we should always be praying, consecrating our minds, souls, and lives to God so that we are able to walk in righteousness. No one can have completely change to a new creature through self-effort because we have a weak, sinful nature. When we are humble and seek assistance from the Holy Spirit, we shall have power to overcome the evil one and become God’s children. Then we will live forever.