The Love Of God, pt 1

Sure, the title
says "from Genesis to Revelation", but the cornerstone verse for this
whole work comes from John 3:16. If you understand this verse and read
every verse from Genesis to Revelation in light of this one, you will
begin to understand why…

"For God so
loved the world, that He gave His only Son; that whoever would believe
in Him would have eternal life instead of death."

And that verse takes us to Genesis, where we find Adam and Eve, the creation that God called "very good".
The story picks up in chapter 3 of Genesis and the serpent convinces
Eve that eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
would make her like God instead of killing her as she had been told.
The enemy of man used semantics to trick Eve (and Adam who seems to
have been near to the event since she gave him the fruit and he ate it
so readily). The death that God spoke of in this statement, "for in the
day that you eat from it you will surely die," was not immediate in the
sense that their bodies would immediately perish – It was immediate in
consequence. The moment that they ate the forbidden fruit, sin and its
death entered their bodies.

If you read further, you will notice this:

"Behold, the
man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might
stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and
live forever"

God sent Adam
and Eve out of the garden and set up a guard to prevent them from
entering it again. Was this punishment? How mean of God to drive them
out of the beautiful garden that He had built for them!

Think about it.
Adam and Eve had introduced sin and death into their own bodies. This
is the same death that you feel as you get older. Your body just starts
to fall apart. Now imagine that you are able to extend your life, but
not the affect that sin has placed on your body. You would live for all
time with the temptations of your own flesh, the weakness that sin
introduced, and the ravages that age brings.

When God drove
Adam and Eve from the Garden, He did it because he loved them so
dearly. He had to prevent them from eternal punishment (being
imprisoned in the body of sin and death for eternity). He then provided
for the payment for their (and my) sin. Yes, this body will die.
Because God loves me, this body of weakness, sin, and death will
perish. He will give me a new body after this one dies. One that has no
sin, one that has no death in it. A body like the one Adam and Eve
started with. Eternal. Full of life. Because He loves me.

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