“Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God” Romans 3:25

Leslie M John

A story was told once that a man was sitting in the porch of his house watching birds playing in the snow.  However, when it was unbearable for them to stay in the chilly weather any longer they tried to enter into the house, but they feared man sitting in the porch.

The man moved a bit forward and invited them to come in; but they would not go in. The man threw few grains towards them in order that they may eat the grain and be pleased to go in. However, the birds still would not go in, because they feared that the man would harm them. Then, the man thought that he should become one like them and invite them into his house. When he became one like them and invited them, they readily accepted him and hopped into the house. It was just to story to show a point similar to what happened in the realm of God.

God was so unapproachable to the people of Israel in the Old Testament period that they had to have priests and a high priest to convey their petitions to God and receive answers to their petitions from God and convey back to them.  

Paul writes in Galatians 4:4, 5 that when the fulness of time was come, God sent His only Son, “made of woman under the law, to redeem that were under the law that we might receive the adoption of sons”. Now we are able to call God as Abba, Father.

“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6)

Lord Jesus said that He and the Father are one. Jesus lived a poor life and walked great distances on this earth, and also went by small boats to reach places to preach repentance and the imminence of the Kingdom of God.

Jesus did miracles on this earth, healed many sick, freed men from the possession of demons, raised dead and finally He became the perfect sacrifice for us. Yet, people crucified Him on the cross.

Bible says…

“Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God” Romans 3:25

“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” Romans 5:12

Just as sin is inherited by man from his seminal head, Adam, the remission of the sins is possible by Lord Jesus Christ, who is also called the last Adam.  Jesus Christ bore our sins upon Himself, and died on the cross of Calvary on behalf of us.

Just as God covered the shame and nakedness of Adam and Eve by providing them the skin of an animal that was to be sacrificed for the said purpose, He made available the blood of His own Son, who was sacrificed on behalf of us, to all those who believe in Him as Lord and believe in heart that God raised Him from the dead on the third day (cf. John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10; 1 John 1:8-10)

God removed man made aprons made of fig leaves from off Adam and Eve and put on them the skin coats and covered their shame and nakedness.  Adam and Eve tried to use their own efforts to become righteous, but God showed that man’s efforts to save himself are not enough. The imputation of righteousness has to come from God.

Why does man suffer? WHY DOES MAN SUFFER?
Suffering started in the Garden of Eden, when man transgressed God’s command, and the man and the woman were cast out of the Garden, and lost fellowship with God.

Man has choice to live for God transforming his old nature and becoming a new creature in the Lord, or choose to live lewd and vulgar life. The consequences of living outside the purview of the teachings of the Bible are very serious.
Unless man chooses to have right thinking and live a good and pleasing life he would end up in suffering. Suffering may be either of physical, or of mental, but living a sinful life will surely lead to suffering.

Bible admonishes to rejoice when suffering overtakes us for right reasons. It is such suffering that causes man to come closer to God.

Because God is love, He sent His one and only Son, Lord Jesus Christ into this world to save mankind from perishing and to reconcile them to the Father. When Man suffers from either pain, loss, or sickness, he will no longer have inclination to sin anymore. Suffering overtakes man’s capacity of sinning.

Lord Jesus said…
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. (Matthew 5:10)