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MYSTERY OF THE AGES
in Christ-mankind would have helped himself to
RECEIVING ETERNAL LIFE.
THINK a moment!
God Not Unfair
How UNfair would God have been, had he allowed that!
Man, with all his sins-and sin has a habit of increasing in
the one who indulges in it-would have become immortal
-living
forever
while
suffering
the pains, mental, physical
and spiritual, that sin would bring on him!
Man does not seem to realize that he now is the
SLAVE of sin. Sin has cut him off from God the Father.
Few understand that we are not saved by the death of
Christ. We are reconciled to God the Father by Jesus'
death. We are saved by his life (Rom. 5:10). Man does
not realize that only a real repentance-turning
from
sin-and the living FAITH of Jesus Christ can FREE him
from that penalty! Sin enslaves!
It
punishes!
It
brings
sorrow, remorse, anguish. It inflicts physical injury,
sickness and disease. It produces frustration and
hopelessness.
The most uNfair, UNkind, cruel thing God could
have done once Adam and Eve had taken the forbidden
tree would have been to leave the way open into the
garden, with free access to all comers
to
the tree of
LIFE-symbolic Of the gift Of ETERNAL LIFE!
But what
did
God do? He drove out the man and
the woman. He barred reentrance.
He, however, made salvation and eternal life in
extreme happiness and bliss become available to ALL the
human family. But, with godly wisdom, he set a
time-order and conditions! For the first 6,000 years–
now almost completed-all but the predestined FEW
were cut off.
On this point the entire world of traditional
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