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God's Original Plan for Us
by Henry Miranda
1/29/2015 / Salvation
Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them".
God's original plan for mankind was for us to enjoy life and have fellowship with Him and to partake of His blessings. He designed the world so that we would enjoy our life on earth for eternity.
It was a Paradise, a perfect, exquisite and lush garden filled with all manner of God's special treats and every tree was unique in its shape, vibrant in color, each with its distinctive and delectable fruit.
If we read the Bible's first book, Genesis chapters 1-3, we learn of a perfect universe and the world created by God, giving mankind dominion over the earth.
Eden was a garden specifically planted by God; it was a place God made to be a perfect habitation. It must have been a breathtaking wonderland for Adam, to wander through and visually take in the magnificence, smell all the fragrances, and taste the sweetness of all of the different fruit, each in their original uncontaminated state.
God places Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and forbids them to eat fruit from the "tree of knowledge" good and evil. When God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden they were both innocent and pure. Everything was good until Satan the fallen angel came into the picture.
After they sinned in Genesis 3, God sentenced them to die as per Genesis 2:17 (Genesis 3:19), and this was in part why they were forbidden to take from the Tree of Life. But consider God's statement here: "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." (Genesis 2:16-17)
That is why they were removed from the Garden of Eden. After the rebellion of Adam and Eve the world was in a fallen state and suffered the degrading and deadly spiritual, moral, and social consequences of sinfulness. From friendship with God to proud estrangement from Him and enmity with Him leaves us diseased and dying in every part of our personalities and bodies.
Our destiny is to be with God in heaven like Adam and Eve were in the garden. When I speak of a person's destiny, I'm talking about what happens to us in the end. Where are we headed? What is going to happen to us when we finish life's journey?
"Destination" is a similar word. A destination is the place to which a person is going. There is one fact about man's destiny that is undisputed and unquestioned. We are all marching to the grave! Every person must agree that death is at the end of life's road. The funeral homes prove this statement. The cemeteries prove this statement. All men are headed for that final day of death.
God created this world and He created man to have fellowship with Him. Man, instead, chose to go his own way when he disobeyed God's instructions in the garden, and true fellowship with God was broken.
This self- will, which is still evident today, is exhibited today by an attitude of active rejection or passive indifference. This behavior is an evidence of what God's Word calls sin.
Jesus taught that there is a real heaven and a real hell. Every person is either bound for heaven or bound for hell.
Every person is headed for a destination that is permanent and eternal. Where a person will spend eternity depends on whether that person receives Jesus Christ or rejects Him. Once a person dies, his eternal destiny remains unchanged.
We must remember that as Christians we live by faith and every word that proceeds from our Father, God. Who are we to question how or where or when things were done. We do know that Adam sinned and mankind became sinners owned by Satan, who is the Prince of this world.
The only way man could be reconciled back to God, would be if they were bought back with a price. The debt was paid. Jesus paid our debt with his shedding of his blood on the cross.
Here we have a picture of Satan's rebellion and Adam's rebellion. It seems that everybody has a choice to use their free will to either follow gods or his own purpose. The big picture is that man in his own strengths cannot follow the commandments of God. We need help for we are weak and our desires take us away from God.
God and his mercies provided that help with his son Jesus Christ, who gave his life so we can be reconciled with God if we choose.
Adam lost his rights to the dominion of this world. That is why Jesus being God had to come down and reclaim the rights that Adam had lost.
The only way that we could reconcile with God is through the spirit. When Jesus died on the cross, he reclaimed the rights that Adam had lost. We have the choice to turn away from sin and turn to God.
We can't do anything to earn our way into heaven, but the good news is that we don't have to. God sent Jesus into the world, and Jesus lived the way we were always meant to live.
Jesus came to provide the only way by which we could be reunited with God. His innocent death took the punishment we deserve because of our rejection of God.
Because Jesus has paid the price for us, he offers us salvation and eternal life. Make a decision to accept Jesus into your lives and to share eternity with him.
Adam's sin hindered us from receiving all that God has for us, but Jesus made it possible for us to get back paradise and to have God's original plan for our lives. His original plan was for us to enjoy our life on earth and enjoy personal communion and fellowship with Him. His original desire to bless us has never changed.
Would you like to get saved and born again? You can by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Just Pray and ask Jesus to come into your heart. Let heaven be your density.
Henry Miranda earned a Bachelor of Christian Ministry degree @ Christian Leadership University. Henry Miranda is an Evangelist, Bible Teacher, Author, and Guest Speaker and with the help of the Holy Spirit has written seven life-changing books. You can contact Henry Miranda through his website: http://www.evangelize-for-jesus-ministries.com/
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