by jacobrr on Sep.29, 2009, under Adult Witness book for Bible study or personal use. Free printout.
According to the first book of the Bible, the Spirit of God moved over the waters. God spoke the words bringing light into the world, and created all living creatures. To rule over all things, God said let us create man in our own image and likeness, male and female. God made a beautiful garden for them, named Eden, where the Lord God walked the earth and had fellowship with man. There was one tree in the garden which God forbid them to eat the fruit, the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, in that the tree was death to anyone who ate of it. One day a serpent entered the garden and deceived the woman into eating of the forbidden fruit. Then she gave it to the man, and he also ate of the fruit. The Lord God asked the man what they had done, and the woman said the serpent had deceived her. The Lord God cursed the serpent and said to him:
“ I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He shall bruise you on the head and you shall bruise him on the heel.”
Since Adam ate of the fruit, upon himself and all of his descendents was placed the sentence of death. However from the seed of the woman, God gave the promise of a future Redeemer.
For since by man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die. So also in Christ all shall be made alive…for he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death.
1 Corinthians 15:21,22,25,26
Jesus came to the world because God is holy and just, and man cannot have fellowship with Him until the penalty of sin is paid. By way of the sinless life and sacrifice of Jesus, the price of sin is paid for all. Therefore all who believe in Jesus as Savior are found acceptable to God. Because of Jesus, sin is put down and under his heel, establishing once again spiritual fellowship between the Heavenly Father and mankind. In the last book of the Bible, the Spirit of Jesus prophesied that one day all believers will eat of the fruit of another tree that was in the Garden of Eden:
“ To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of Life, which is in the Paradise of God.”