Man was created to live forever; Adam and Eve were immortal at creation.
• Genesis 2:16-17
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Satan brought sin, resulting in death (mortality), to God’s creation.
• Romans 5:12
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
• Galatians 5:19-20
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
• Romans 8:8
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
The Cross brings re-birth and new life to mankind, and bruises Satan’s plan.
God loved the world so much, he made a way to wipe our slates clean and restore us back to an immortal life with Him.
• John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
• Genesis 3:15 (God speaks to Satan)
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
• Ephesians 2:1-22
And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Through this salvation, we are reborn; changed and made new. We are now dead to sin and walk in the spirit of new life. We have escaped Hell’s damnation and have another chance at immortality, if we believe.
Mortality and human imperfection is our cross to bear.
Even though we no longer give heed to sin and that old ‘serpent,’ our condemned mortal flesh and its sinful nature still wars with the spirit. This flesh must die to sin, or it will die in sin.
• Matthew 16:24
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
• Ephesians 6:12
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
• Galatians 5:7
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
• Romans 8:13
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify (kill) the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Our flesh continues to fail God daily, but His grace (forgiveness) is greater, giving our spirit new flight each day.
• 1 Corinthians 15:31
I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die (repent) daily.
• Romans 3:23
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
• 2 Corinthians 12:9
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness..
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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