Evangelism

The Command you must not eat … The Warning you shall die

The Scriptures says that sin entered the world through a man and through the sin the death. Which resulted in an immediate effect in the whole world. The humanity was sentenced to death but since the beginning God has worked for the solution of man’s death sentence. Continue reading about the human’s condition and the provision of God.

Adam’s disobedience brings condemnation for all

But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
Genesis 2:16-17 NLT

The righteousness of God demands death for sin

Adan disobeyed and the immediate result was spiritual death… For the wages of sin is death … Romans 6:23a NLT

When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. The sin of Adam introduced death, so that death spread to all, because all sinned.
Romans 5:12 NLT

This means that as descendants of Adam we inherit sin and by nature we are born spiritually dead, ie morally corrupt, separated from God and without a personal relationship with Him. Because of this condition we do not have the spiritual ability to do something good that pleases God To be justified from our sins. Psalms 51:5; Isaiah 64:5-6; Romans 3:10-18, Ephesians 2:1-3

And now the proof of our inability …

Man turns to the law to be justified from his sins

The law of God has its purposes and is good because it is holy. The commandments of the Lord are righteous, clear, bring joy to the heart and give good perception to live. Salvation is not a reward for the good things you have done. No one is justified (declared righteous) before God by obeying the law. Salvation is by grace (God’s favor in freely justifying the sinner without deserving it). Psalms 19:8; Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Timothy 1:9-10.

Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the intention was that the law would last only until the coming of the promised son.
Galatians 3:19a NLT

As an exercise take the Ten Commandments and test yourself (Exodo 20:1-17)

  1. You shall have no other gods before me.
  2. You do not make idols.
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy.
  5. Honor your father and your mother.
  6. You shall not kill.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not give false testimony against your brother.
  10. You shall not covet

What was the result of the test?

No one has been approved in this test. Even as you meet nine out of ten commandments. The Scriptures says:

For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. For the same God who said, “You must not commit adultery,” also said, “You must not murder.” So if you murder someone but do not commit adultery, you have still broken the law. James 2:10 – 11 NLT

Do you realize you are found guilty and the sentence is “condemned” – the death penalty … For the wages of sin is death … Romans 6:23a NLT

God’s justice requires condemnation for sin

Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are. Romans 3:19-20 NIV

As you see the purpose of the law is to show that you are a sinner and unable to faithfully obey and fulfill it, a confirmation that you are spiritually dead; Dead in your crimes and sins.

So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” Galatians 3:11 NLT

And this is the Gospel of Salvation: God justifies you by faith in Jesus to have peace with Him. This is grace, the undeserved gift of salvation that God gives to those who repent of their sins and trust only in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
And now the proof of this absolute truth …

The obedience of Jesus brings salvation from sin and condemnation to those who believe in Him

For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17 NLT

Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. Romans 5:18-19 NLT.

This is the gospel, the message about faith in Jesus Christ alone

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave[a] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NLT

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. Romans 2:4-5 NLT

This is the truth you needed to hear, believe and do not wait any longer. This is the time to repent of your sins. Ask God for forgiveness and believe only in Jesus as the Lord and Savior of your life and you will be free from the slavery of sin and eternal condemnation. The Scriptures say: Today is the day of salvation.

Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Acts 3:19 NLT

…Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved… Acts 16:31 NLT

We encourage you to seek the Lord while He can be found.


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