God had a very good plan and program for man. Before He created man, He made all that man will ever need. Then He made man in His own image.
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
- THE CREATED MAN
Gen 1:26 And 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 fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Man was created in the ‘image’ and ‘likeness’ of God. On the basis of this image, man could respond to and had fellowship with God and uniquely reflect His love, glory and holiness.
Man lived in a personal fellowship with God that involved moral obedience and intimate communion.
Man was created as a personal being with spirit, mind, emotion, self-consciousness, and power of choice.
Man was made ruler over every creature.
- THE LOST MAN Genesis 3: 15 – 19, 23, 24
Man sold his birthright to Satan
John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it
.Man is being controlled by Satan and demonic spirits
1 Samuel 16:14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him
.Luk 22:3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 4 And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them. 5 And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. 6 And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.
- THE REGAINED MAN
Rom 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. 15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Luk 11:21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: 22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.
Man became a slave on his own territory. God decided to rescue man and He had to send Jesus to come as a man to rescue man.
Christmas is a time to remember the sacrifice of releasing His only begotten Son to come to this sin-soaked world because of you and me. It is the time to think of Jesus coming to rescue man from the voluntary slavery we put ourselves. The entire heritage is released to the Christians and it is far more than whatever it was before. That is, a Christian can now have a better position than what Adam had because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Now we must rise up to take the challenges and claim all that belong to us.
WHY WILL YOU CONTINUE TO SUFFER UNDER THE DANGEROUS MASTER WHEN JESUS CAME BECAUSE OF YOU?