Christ Came to Save Sinners:
From Creation to Christ
The following provides answers to questions about life and God.
Where did I come from?
To answer this question, I must take you back to the beginning. At about 4,000 B.C., God created the universe in six 24-hour days (Genesis 1–21). In the Ten Commandments, God said, “[‘]For in six days the LORD made [the] heaven[s] and [the] earth, the sea, and all that [is in them], and rested the seventh day[’]” (Exodus 20:11a). In this verse, day means a literal 24-hour day since God ordered the Israelites to only work six days each week based on His six workdays for making the universe (Exodus 20:8–11).
After God created the earth, plants, heavenly objects (the sun, moon, and stars), and animals, He created man (humans) on the sixth day of Creation (Genesis 1:26–27). Man is unique compared to animals since “God created man in His own image” (Genesis 1:27). God formed Adam, the first man, from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7). Later that day, God made Eve, the first woman, from Adam’s side (Genesis 2:22).
God created Adam and Eve to have a right relationship with Him (Genesis 3:8). He told them to have children, spread over the earth, and rule over the earth and all the animals (Genesis 1:28). At the end of the sixth day, God said that His entire creation was “very good” (Genesis 1:31).
What happened to this relationship and all of Creation?
God created Satan as one of the angels (Colossians 1:16). Satan sinned by rebelling against God through pride (1 Timothy 3:6). Further, Satan persuaded one-third of God’s created angels to sin by rebellion too (Revelation 12:4). To sin means to disobey God in thought, word or action.
Appearing as a serpent in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3), Satan tempted and deceived Eve into disobeying God’s command to not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2:16–17; 3:1–5). So, Eve sinned by eating the tree’s fruit and gave some to Adam who also sinned by eating it (Genesis 3:6). Adam listened to Eve and then sinned (Genesis 3:17), yet he was not deceived (1 Timothy 2:14).
Adam and Eve’s disobedience dramatically changed their relationship with God and their own nature (Genesis 3:7–13). As soon as they sinned against God, they died spiritually which caused a broken relationship with God, as shown by their attempt to hide from God (Genesis 3:8). In spite of their sin, God called for Adam and questioned Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:9–13). Their blame-shifting answers to God’s questions revealed that they had also instantly received a sin nature (tendency to sin) when Adam and Eve initially disobeyed (Genesis 3:12–13).
Then, God judged Satan, Eve, and Adam (Genesis 3:14–19). God judged Satan by lovingly promising to provide man with the Christ (Messiah) who would defeat Satan (Genesis 3:15). God judged Eve by making childbirth painful, and He judged Adam by making his work to produce food difficult (Genesis 3:16–19). God also judged Adam by telling him that he would physically die (Genesis 3:19). Man experiences physical death since all people sinned in Adam, who was the representative of man (Romans 5:12–14).
God also cursed the rest of His creation by subjecting it to futility (Romans 8:20). The rest of His creation consists of animals and objects without animal life.
Were there later events that also impacted history?
In Noah’s time, man was extremely wicked (Genesis 6:5–6). As a result, God decided to destroy man and land-dwelling animals with a global flood except for a remnant (Genesis 6–9). Noah found grace (unmerited favor) from God and had a close relationship with Him (Genesis 6:8–9). God told Noah to build the Ark, a big seaworthy vessel, to rescue Noah and his family and God’s chosen number of each land-dwelling animal from the Flood (Genesis 6:13–7:16). Noah’s family consisted of him and his wife and his three sons and their wives (eight people).
The Flood began 120 years after God’s first declaration of judgment (Genesis 6:3, 7; 7:11). The Floodwaters rose and covered the entire earth including the mountains at that time (Genesis 7:17–20). Outside of the Ark, every person and land-dwelling animal died (Genesis 7:21–23). Noah and those with him lived in the Ark for slightly over one year (Genesis 7–8).
After the Flood, God told Noah and his sons to have children and spread over the earth (Genesis 9:1). Noah’s three sons had children, which started the repopulation of the earth (Genesis 10). Eventually, man, who shared one language, migrated to a plain and dwelt there (Genesis 11:1–2). They also decided to build a city and a tower to make a name for themselves and stay together in one place (Genesis 11:3–4). God’s command to fill the earth was deliberately disobeyed.
In judgment, God confused their one common language, by giving people different languages (Genesis 10:5, 20, 31), to cause misunderstanding between people (Genesis 11:5–7). He also scattered man over the earth (Genesis 11:8). The place became known as Babel (Genesis 11:9). The first nations formed as a result of God's intervention at Babel (Genesis 10).
God chose the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to become the nation of Israel (Genesis 11:27–50:26). The Christ (Messiah) would be a descendant of Abraham (Genesis 22:18), Judah (Genesis 49:10), Jesse (Isaiah 11:1), and David (Jeremiah 23:5).
What are God’s attributes?
God has many perfect characteristics. God is triune (Matthew 28:19); one God exists in three Persons – Father, Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit. God is holy (Isaiah 6:3); He is set apart from every created thing and absolutely separate from sin. God is eternal (Psalm 90:2); He has no beginning or end. God is just or righteous (Psalm 11:7); He always does what is right. God is sovereign (Daniel 4:34–35, 37); He has supreme authority over all things. God is all-powerful (Jeremiah 32:17), all-knowing (Psalm 147:5), and everywhere present (Jeremiah 23:24). God has other perfect traits.
Why am I here?
You are here to have a right relationship with God, and then to serve Him. You must understand your current standing with God before you can have a right relationship with Him.
As a result of Adam’s sin, man is born spiritually dead and naturally sinful. Spiritual death separates man from a right relationship with God (John 3:1–8). The sin nature influences man to sin (Galatians 5:19–21a).
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, states that man is subject to sin as his master (Romans 3:9): “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none [who] understand[s], there is none [who] seek[s] after God. They [have] all [turned aside], they [have] together become [useless]; there is none [who] doe[s] good, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10–12). These quoted Old Testament verses display man’s complete sinfulness. In summary, Paul explains, “For all have sinned, and [fall] short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). All people in their natural state are sinners and lack “the glory of God,” meaning the approval of God.
All sins are ultimately committed against God (Psalm 51:4). As a result, sin has a penalty (Isaiah 66:24). If you have not been saved from the penalty for sin, then you cannot have a right relationship with God, and you are an unsaved person (unbeliever).
What is the penalty for sin?
The penalty for sin is eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire. At physical death, the spirit is separated from the body (James 2:26). Unsaved people’s spirits are sent to Hades at physical death to suffer torment (Luke 16:19–31) and await the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11–15).
God the Father has given all judgment to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:22). At various judgments (Ezekiel 20:33–38; Matthew 25:31–46; Revelation 20:11–15), He will judge unsaved people (spirit and body) according to their works (Romans 2:6; Revelation 20:12–13). At these judgments, all unsaved people will be cast into the Lake of Fire (Matthew 13:40–42; 25:41; Revelation 20:15), where they will be tormented forever (Mark 9:43–48). Unsaved people will suffer different degrees of punishment in the Lake of Fire (Luke 12:47–48). Eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire is known as the second death (Revelation 21:8).
Satan and evil angels will also be cast into the Lake of Fire, which was prepared for them (Matthew 25:41), to be tormented forever (Revelation 20:10; Matthew 8:28–29).
Can my good works save me from the penalty for sin?
No. Paul said that salvation is God’s gift: “For by grace [you (plural) have been] saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, [that no one] should boast” (Ephesians 2:8–9). He told Titus, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to [God’s] mercy He saved us ...” (Titus 3:5). Salvation cannot be earned. It is founded on God’s grace and mercy.
Can Christ save me from the penalty for sin?
Yes. The Lord Jesus Christ can save you from the penalty for your sins. God has provided a way for you to have a right relationship with Him based on Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death (1 Timothy 2:5–6; 1 John 2:2) and based on God’s requirements of you.
Knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ’s Person and the Gospel (Good News) is essential for your salvation.
Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) (John 20:31). The title “Christ,” or “Messiah,” means “Anointed” or “Anointed One,” and Jesus is the Anointed One predicted in Old Testament prophecy (Daniel 9:25–26). In His First Coming, Jesus fulfilled many prophecies about the Christ in the Old Testament(OT) as recorded in the New Testament. For example, Jesus is the Christ who is a Man (Isaiah 7:14OT; Galatians 4:4), an Israelite (Jeremiah 23:5OT; Romans 1:3), and God (Micah 5:2OT; Titus 2:13). In the New Testament, Jesus is known as Christ, Jesus Christ, and Christ Jesus.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God (John 20:31). The title “Son of God” refers to Christ’s identity as God (John 19:7) since the phrase “son of” in the Bible can mean to have the same nature as the subject. Son of God also refers to the relationship between God the Father and Christ as the Son (John 5; 17).
Jesus Christ is Lord (Romans 10:9–10). In the New Testament, the Greek word kyrios can have various meanings for titles such as sir, master, or Lord. As applied to Jesus Christ after His resurrection, the title “Lord” usually expresses His deity, with an emphasis on His supreme authority over all things. Christ is often called the Lord after His resurrection, but God the Father is given the title too.
The Lord Jesus Christ is God (John 1:1; 8:24, 58;2 Hebrews 1:8; 2 Peter 1:1). After seeing the resurrected Jesus Christ, Thomas, a disciple, said to Him, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). Thomas’ statement revealed his faith that Christ was God. The Lord Jesus also accepted his remark (John 20:29).
The eternal Son of God became a man (human) (Philippians 2:5–8), yet without a sin nature (Luke 1:35), through a miraculous virgin conception (human beginning) by the Holy Spirit in Mary (Isaiah 7:14OT; Matthew 1:18–23). Since Christ’s conception, He is both fully God and fully man in one Person (Colossians 2:9). In the town of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2OT; Matthew 2:1–6), Jesus Christ was born through a virgin birth by Mary (Isaiah 7:14OT; Matthew 1:23–25). He was an Israelite by birth (Luke 3:23–38).
God the Father sent His Son on a mission: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). Christ’s main purpose for becoming a man was to be the Savior of mankind. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21). On the cross (1 Peter 2:24), the Lord Jesus Christ was man’s sinless Substitute who paid the penalty for man’s sins through His sacrificial death (Substitutionary Atonement; Isaiah 53:5–6OT; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Timothy 2:5–6).
In a letter, Paul made known to believers at Corinth the Gospel (Good News) he had preached to them for their salvation (1 Corinthian 15:1–2). Paul begins by stating “that Christ died for our sins according to the [S]criptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3; Scriptures fulfilled: Isaiah 53:5–6OT). The Lord Jesus died in man’s place.
Paul continues by declaring that Christ “was buried” and “that He [was raised on] the third day according to the [S]criptures” (1 Corinthians 15:4; Scriptures fulfilled: Psalm 16:10OT). His burial verified His death. Three days after He was buried, God the Father raised Christ from the dead (the Resurrection; Acts 10:40; Galatians 1:1). The Lord Jesus was raised in the same physical body in which He died, yet it had changed into a glorified body (Luke 24:36–43; Philippians 3:20–21). Christ is no longer subject to death since His resurrection (Romans 6:9).
After His resurrection, Christ appeared to “witnesses chosen before by God” the Father (Acts 10:40–41). Paul tells of several post-resurrection appearances by stating that Christ appeared to Peter, “the twelve,” more than 500 brothers at one time, James, all the apostles, and Paul (after Christ was taken up to Heaven) (1 Corinthians 15:5–8).
The Gospel (Good News) consists of the events of the Lord Jesus Christ’s death for man’s sins, burial, resurrection, and post-resurrection appearances (1 Corinthians 15:1–8). Christ’s post-resurrection appearances verified His resurrection.
Forty days after His resurrection (Acts 1:3), Christ was taken up to Heaven (Psalm 68:18aOT; Acts 1:9–12), where He is now seated at the right hand of God the Father (Psalm 110:1OT; Ephesians 1:20). Currently, the Lord Jesus intercedes for believers (Hebrews 7:25) and performs other ministries.
Is there any other way to be saved?
No. The Lord Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no [one] come[s] [to] the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Lord Jesus is the only way to the Father and therefore Heaven, where the Father resides. Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, informed his audience, “[And there is no] salvation in any other: for there is [no] other name under heaven given among men, [by which] we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Jesus Christ is the only Savior.
What must I do to be saved?
God requires repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for you to be saved.
In the New Testament, repentance generally means an inward turn away from sin. The result of repentance is an outward turn away from sin (Luke 3:8–14).
Repent. Paul announced to a crowd at Athens, “God … now command[s] all men [everywhere] to repent” (Acts 17:30). The reason all people need to repent (inwardly turn from their sins) is that Christ will judge them in the future as guaranteed by His resurrection (Acts 17:31). Repent now since judgment is coming. Peter said that God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). God wants you to repent instead of experiencing eternal death.
After you are saved, the result of repentance is an outward turn away from your sins (Matthew 12:41; Jonah 3).
Faith means belief(trust), reliance or dependence. The object of faith is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ includes trust in His Person as the Christ (Messiah), the Son of God, Lord, and God and trust in the Gospel of His death for man’s sins, burial, resurrection and post-resurrection appearances.
Place your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior today. Paul and Silas, Paul’s traveling companion, told the Philippian jailor, “Believe [in] the Lord Jesus Christ, and [you will] be saved ...” (Acts 16:31–34). To be saved means to be delivered from the penalty for sin. John 3:16 is a key salvation verse: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that [whoever] believe[s] in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” In this verse, God loved man (the world) and gave His Son through Christ’s becoming a man and dying on the cross. Through trusting (believing) in Christ, God gives you eternal life rather than eternal death.
Did anything else happen at my salvation?
At salvation, God abundantly blessed you. God justified you (Romans 3:21–5:21); He legally declared you righteous. You “died to sin” (Romans 6:2); sin is no longer your master. You received forgiveness of your sins (Ephesians 1:7). You became a child of God (John 1:12). God gave you the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).
What should I do now that I am saved?
After salvation, you can do many things to live the Christian life.
You love God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ by obeying their commands (1 John 5:3; John 14:15). These commands are given to Church Age believers in Christ in the New Testament of the Bible (Romans 7:4, 6). The Lord Jesus tells you to love fellow believers as He has loved you (John 13:34–35). Love others as you love yourself (Romans 13:9). You should be baptized to express your faith in Christ (Acts 16:31–34; 18:8). Attend a Bible-Believing Church (Hebrews 10:25). Participate in the Lord’s Supper to remember His sacrificial death on the cross (1 Corinthians 11:23–26). God saved you to perform good works (Ephesians 2:10), and good works are evidence of genuine faith (James 2:26). The Lord Jesus tells you to preach repentance (Luke 24:47) and the Gospel (Mark 16:15) to unsaved people so they can be saved too.
Two essential elements for Christian living are your dedication and transformation. Based on the mercies God has given you, He urges you to “present your bod[y] [as] a … sacrifice,” which means to completely dedicate yourself to God, as one who is living, holy (set apart from sin to God), and well-pleasing to God (Romans 12:1). Entirely dedicating yourself to God is the reasonable way for you to serve Him (Romans 12:1). Do not be “conformed to this world” (Romans 12:2). The world can negatively influence your lifestyle. In this verse, the world is the present evil age of unsaved man whose way of life excludes or opposes God. Instead, be “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2), meaning to continually to change your thinking to a Biblical Christian way of thinking. A renewed mind can discern what is God’s will (find out what He wants you to do) (Romans 12:2). His will is what is good, well-pleasing, and perfect (Romans 12:2). Expect to be persecuted as you live a life devoted to God in union with Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:12).
You are to practice righteousness (1 John 3:10), show mercy (James 2:13) and exercise humility (James 4:10).
You should consider your relationship to sin as your master finished and your relationship to God as your new Master begun through being united to Christ Jesus your Lord (Romans 6:11). If you commit sins, you can confess your sins, and God will forgive your sins and spiritually wash you from all your sinful uncleanness (1 John 1:9). Forgiveness of your sins allows you to maintain fellowship with God (1 John 1:5–10).
Studying the entire Bible is important. The Bible is “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). It is the only source for sound doctrine (correct teaching) (Matthew 22:23–33; Acts 17:1–4), which includes instructions for Christian living (e.g., 1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 John 2:15–17). The Bible is without error in all that it records (Psalm 119:160).
Prayer is also important. God commands you to pray to Him often (1 Thessalonians 5:17). The Lord Jesus frequently prayed as your example (e.g., Luke 5:16; 6:12, 9:18). God answers prayer (James 5:16b–18). You can vocally or silently pray by making requests, with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6), to your Heavenly Father (Ephesians 3:14), who knows you and your thoughts (Psalm 139:1–6).
You can have assurance of your salvation (John 10:27–29).
As a Church Age believer, what will happen in my future?
At death, spirits of Church Age believers go to be with our Lord in Heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 3:20).
When the Rapture of the Church occurs, dead Church Age believers will be resurrected. Next, living Church Age believers will be “caught up together with them ... to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:13–17a). At the Rapture, believers’ dead or living earthly bodies will be instantly changed into eternal glorified bodies (1 Corinthians 15:51–54; Philippians 3:20–21). Then, Church Age believers will always be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:17b).
At the Judgment Seat of Christ, Church Age believers will have every work after salvation (Ephesians 2:10) judged and rewarded accordingly (2 Corinthians 5:10).
After the Tribulation Period (Revelation 4–19) and our Lord Jesus Christ’s Second Coming (Revelation 19:11–21), glorified believers of all eras, including Church Age believers, will reign with Christ in His Millennial (1000-Year) Kingdom on earth (Revelation 20:4–6).
Finally, all believers will be with God in the New Heaven and New Earth for eternity to fellowship with Him, serve Him, and reign with Him (Revelation 21–22).
- 1. Genesis 2:4–25 mainly gives more details about the sixth day of Creation.
- 2. John 8:24, 58 relate to Exodus 3:13–15 of the Old Testament.
All Scripture quotations are from the King James Version. Pronouns referring to God are capitalized. Updated wording and other changes are in brackets, and comments are in parentheses within brackets. The original title of this Good News message was “‘Christ Died for the Ungodly’: From Creation to Christ.” Good News message written by Matt Hancock and updated on July 18, 2018.