Why did God give us his Son? (Part 1)

To be able to understand “Why”, one must begin at the beginning. The beginning of mankind.

Our question comes from the most popular verse in the Bible, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (Jn.3:16)

Mankind has to do with “the world” and “whoever” in this above verse.

Originally, man was made in the “image” of God. The word here has to do with “resemblance”. So we can say that man was made as a “representative figure” of God. We can say that God wanted to express himself in human form. So He did.

He also created mankind with the ability to choose (free-will), just like God himself. God is not a robot, neither are we. This gift of God can be greatly used for good, and it can also be greatly used for evil. When one considers this gift, and for what and how it can be used, it’s no wonder that man can end up where he or she has chosen. Is it not all a product or consequence of free-will? Our ability to choose comes with it, the circumstance or consequence of our choice, be it good or bad.

Making wrong choices that one knows (key word) not to make, is sin.

In the beginning, the first man Adam, was given one command from God. “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (bad) you shall not eat of it, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall die.” (Gen.2:16-17) Here God gave the one command to Adam, and also the one consequence of he disobeyed.

Disobeying what God commands is sin. He is just and fair, and is also a personal God. He through the Spirit, convicts of sin. As I always say, “don’t worry, the Spirit will show you personally what is wrong, or what is sin”. His word (the Bible), has some definitions of sin. (Pr.14:21,24:9 – Rom.14:23, Ja.4:17, 1Jn.3:4, 5:17) However, when trying to understand the “basics of Sin”, one needs to go no further than the beginning of man. Herein lies, the foundation of “Sin”.

Remember, we trying to understand why God gave us his Son.

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3 Responses to “Why did God give us his Son? (Part 1)”

  1. Stella Says:

    Hi Richard, have been traveling for the last 2 weeks, so am still catching up. Pinpointing sin is vital as sin separates us from God. God cannot stand in the presence of sin. When Jesus became OUR SIN on the cross, the Father had to turn His face way. Immeditely, Jesus felt the separation and asked, “Why have you forsaken me?” So just what is sin? Are there varying degrees of sin? Is one thing a sin for one, but not for another?

  2. Stella Says:

    Well woops – that just got sent off by itself. So to continue…….. The old saying, “Written In Stone” – means “unchangable” God is unchangable and so is His Word and His law…. as noted by the quote by Jesus, “If you break one law, you are guilty of all.” Now that sounds pretty strong, doesn’t it? But when you figure our obedience to God is likie a chain which connects us to Him. If one link is broken, the whole chain collapses and the connection is broken between us and God. So again I ask – is one thing sin for one, but not for another? You pinpointed it when you stated….”making wrong choices when one knows it to be wrong.” Therefore we must agree to conclude… Once we have a knowledge of sin and do not turn from it, we are then held accountable for that wrong choice. As always, it is a delight to read and share. Stella

  3. Richard Says:

    Stella,
    Thanks for your comments.
    As you know, we have The Holy Spirit today, and God’s laws written upon our hearts. So, the Holy Spirit convicts of of sin. It does indeed get very personal. Yes, we have our biblical definitions, which very, but sin is sin when one knows he has offended God, his word and others. Key word, “knowledge of right and wrong”. “He that knoweth to do good and does it not, to him or her it is sin”
    Bless you!

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