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Gods Story

There are very few stories out there today that are like this one, and even fewer with the impact that the story of God has had. This is a story of a creator who made the world and all in it just to be betrayed by the very beings he made, and about how they fall from his graces, and with that came a world of suffering for all man kind. It is a story of a God who, from the beginning, decided to save his creation, through suffering and pain he would do this, and through that suffering and pain he will not only save his creation, but will also make things how they were supposed to be. This story will be told with an overarching view in mind, and it will start with Genesis 1:1-31, and go all the way through Revelation. We will go over creation, the fall, redemption, and consummation, and come to a full grasp of the full story of the Bible.

Creation

Genesis 1:1–31 ESV
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Through Word

When it comes to everything that God has done, none of it can compare to his creation. There can only be speculation as to why he would create a world for us to live in, and make it all perfect, and then hand it over to us. I believe it can all be summed up into these words from Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God,” in the beginning he was there before all else was created, and he did not have to do it like a science project with trial and error, but through word.
Genesis 1:3–5 (ESV): And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
We see here that “God Said,” and it happened, but that is where we see Jesus also, now we do not know it is Jesus until later in John 1:1–3 (ESV): 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God, all things were made through him. So, from creation we God, the spirit that was hovering over the face of the deep, and Jesus, who God through made everything, So, he spoke and it came in existence, in every account of him creating something it starts with, “And God said,” and it was made, but this is not the only thing we see through the creation account, we also find that there was no bad, because at the end of everything he creates we see in

It was very Good

Genesis 1:31 (ESV): “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”
So, it did not all start out bad, it was actually very good, from the light, to the stars, and to the ancestors who came before us (Adam and Eve), it was very good, but it did not stay that way. Things went down hill really fast, just like after you feel like you have given your kids all, you think they want for Christmas, but they are still not happy because their selfishness takes over and you got the wrong brand of cloths, or shoes. The kids had a little friend come along, and suggested they did not hear God right, which brings us to “The Fall.”

The Fall

Genesis 1:31 (ESV): And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. It was not just good in the eyes of God, but it was very good, but it was not good enough for Adam and Eve. Now most would say, “Yeah but the devil made them do it,” but did he really. With every disobedience there is a curse and this came with a big one. The consequences of what would happen here in Genesis 3, would plague humanity for all time. In Genesis we find Adam and Eve in the garden doing their thing, when along comes the serpent, and he was the most crafty of all animals that had been made, and this serpent appeals to all of the same things that the devil appeals to in us everyday, and that is the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life, as we see in Genesis 3:1-7 Genesis 3:1–7. (Read Gen 3:1-7) She saw that it was pleasing to the eyes, good for food, and good to make one wise, and she ate of it and gave it to Adam to eat. This is so how it goes for us on a daily basis. We look at something, and instead of discerning by the spirit, or our values, we see that it looks good, which incites an emotional response, and then we see that it could physically please us, and then we decide if it is good or not, and we do not head the word of God, and with that sin enters in. It came through these three things eyes, flesh, and pride.
Genesis 3:1–7 ESV
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

The Lust of the Eyes

Matthew 6:22–24 (ESV): “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
It is through the eyes that thhe sin came first, and it is no different for us, we see something and we decide it looks good to us, and we forget all that we have learned from God, or that he has told us and we make a choice based on that.

The Lust of the Flesh

Romans 8:6–8 (ESV): For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
When Eve decided that it was good for food she was giving into what her mind had already made up for her. She all of a sudden had a desire to eat it, and there by satisfy her flesh craving. Through this we see how the mind that is set on the flesh is death, because before that they could have lived forever, and now because of that fleshly desire death has become humanities one consistency that people cannot change.

The Pride of Life

Isaiah 55:8–9 (ESV): For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For us as humans we are always trying to figure everything out, and for Eve it was no different here. It was clear that God had told them to not eat of the tree, but she could not resist that one Statement that Satan made to her, “For he knows that when you eat of it you will be like him,” this would give her the opportunity to be able to think and be like God, but the only problem is that we cannot think like God, because as Isaiah says, his ways are high, and his thoughts are higher. We are always trying to out smart God and make our own decisions separate from God, and most times it gets us into trouble, and when that happens we always look for someone else to blame. With Adam and Eve we see them laying the blame game out when God came calling, it always seems to be someone else’s fault. First when God asked Adam did they eat he blames God and Eve, Genesis 3:11–12 (ESV): He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” The woman whom you gave me, this right here he blames God and Eve, and so God looks at the woman and says, woman what have you done. Genesis 3:13 (ESV): Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” The devil made me do it, but there was only one problem, God looks at each individual and gives them each what they deserve.

Consequences

The problem with trying to get everyone else in trouble is the fact that if truth be told all have done something wrong and if any judge is just he will give each what they deserve, and that is no different here with Adam, Eve, and the Serpent.

The Serpents Curse

Genesis 3:14–15 ESV
The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
In Genesis 3:14-15, we God make the snake crawl lower than any animal on earth, he would be made to crawl and slither on his belly, and if that was not enough he would put strife between him, the woman, and her offspring, and he will bruise the heal, and the seed of the woman would bruise his head. I believe we can see that today because I don’t know many woman who like snakes, and who does not call her husband or any other man to kill it for her, but we also see the first promise of Jesus here also, because that word there seed in singular, and the seed did indeed bruise the head of the serpent.

The Curse of the Woman

Genesis 3:16 ESV
To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.”
The woman also got cursed in Genesis 3:16, with multiplied pain in child birth, and to submit to her husband. We see this today, I do not believe any woman can say that child birth feels physically good, and although it is fought against the submission is also still there we see Paul speak of it in 1 Timothy 2:12–15 (ESV): I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control. So, even today this curse holds up.

The Curse of the Man

Genesis 3:17–19 ESV
And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
We also see the man get his curse by way of the earth, and that he would have to work all the days of his life to make ends meat in Genesis 3:17-19, and the fact that he would return to the ground that he came from so death came into the mix also.

Cast Out

Genesis 3:22–23 ESV
Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.
So they all got cured no matter who did what, and not only did they get physically cursed they got eternally cursed, because they got kicked out of the garden, so they could not eat of the tree of life so they would not become immortal. Everyone pays when they don’t listen to God, Genesis 3:22-24, and we see it again in Noah’s day in Genesis 6:9-17. We also see that ech gets a final judgement individually in 2 Corinthian 5:10. But God is a just God, he does not leave us with no hope because he does give us a way of redemption.

Redemption

The redemption that God continued to promise through so many would come through the Abrahamic covenant when he would make a promise that came through his faith in God, and seen through asking for Abraham to sacrifice his son that he had waited for, for so long (Genesis 22:1-19). He provided for Abraham an offering, and through this we see an image of Jesus Christ because God did not withhold his son.

Moses

Exodus 2:23–25 ESV
During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.
Exodus 3:9–10 ESV
And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
We also see God fulfill a promise of redemption through Moses and the Exodus. God heard their groans and he responded with Moses. Exodus 2:23–25 (ESV): During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew. He remembered the covenant that he had with Abraham and chose to show mercy. So, he called Moses, Exodus 3:9–10 (ESV): And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” So, through the man of Moses, who thought he was not fit for the task, God would save his people from captivity. God always keeps his covenants, and it would continue with God bringing his people out of captivity again and again, and all leading up to the new covenant through his son.

Consummation

Salvation through Christ

Isaiah 53:5 ESV
But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 9:6 ESV
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah is riddled with prophecies of Christ, but none more quoted than the one that foretells his coming to suffer(Isaiah 53:5). Isaiah 53:5 (ESV): But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. We see it talking of the suffering servant, but Isaiah 9:6 (ESV): For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. This tells us of a coming savior who will be the ultimate salvation, and that someone is Jesus Christ. Jeremiah tells of this new covenant that will come, in Jeremiah 31:31-34, and it speaks of a new covenant that will be different from the one given in the wilderness, and he will write the law on their hearts, and their sins will be forgiven. This new covenant came through Christ, and that law comes through accepting his son, and receiving the Holy Spirit, which will convict, and through Jesus there will be no more sacrifices (Hebrews 10:1-18), he conquered sin(1 Peter 2:24), death(2 Timothy 1:10), and he gave us his spirit(Acts 1:8)

No More Sacrifices

Hebrews 10:1–18 ESV
For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’ ” When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

Conquered Sin

1 Peter 2:24 ESV
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

Death

2 Timothy 1:10 ESV
and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,

Gave us His Spirit

Acts 1:8 ESV
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Jesus is coming Back

John 1:1–4 ESV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
Although Jesus had to go away, he went away to prepare a place for us, John 14:1–4 (ESV): 14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Jesus promised that he would come back for us, and that he would take us with him, 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (ESV): Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. So, he did not leave us he is coming back for us but in the mean time we have his spirit. And all will be made new through him also.

New Heavens and New Earth

As it started out God will make new, he will put things back right for those who want it that way, and for those who don’t want that he will send them to and eternity of what they wanted on the old earth, but those of us who believe it will be put right through Jesus, and the Devil will be cast out.

The Devil cast out

Revelation 20:10 (ESV): and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. The devil that serpent will be cast down never to bother us again, leaving us with a paradise without temptation.

No more Sorrow or Pain

Revelation 21:4 (ESV): He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” In the new heavens and new earth there will be no more pain, or sorrow, or death, and this will happen through Jesus.

God Fulfills his Promises

Revelation 21:5–8 ESV
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
Revelation 21:5–8 (ESV): And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” He is coming, and he will judge all for what they have done, but for those who conquer with Jesus he will take us up with him and we will be made new along with all other things, so in conclusion, Revelation 22:20 (ESV): He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
Revelation 22:20 ESV
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
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