Man sinned in the Garden of Eden. It was the choice God’s creation made.
Mother Eve was tempted by Satan with the lust of the eye, lust of the flesh and the pride of life (Genesis 3:6). God could have destroyed man but instead had a way for man to be justified once again.
The story of how man’s redemption was to occur is found in the pages of God’s word. The coming of a savior was promised to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3), and the story of this man and his descendants leads to the time of Christ.
The account goes through two periods of captivity for God’s people. They were held captive by the Egyptians and later by Assyria and Babylon. The latter came because of God’s people refusing to follow him.
It also is seen that God blessed them when they followed him and even delivered them from enemies as long as they followed his commands. God kept his promises to man by bringing Christ into the world (Matthew 1:18).
The mystery of salvation has been revealed to man. Paul told the Ephesians of this (Ephesians 3:1-12). Man today lives in a time when God’s plan can be known by studying and obeying God’s word. Peter wrote, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the Earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3:9-10).
God’s desire is that all men would be saved, but he leaves the choice up to man whether to accept or reject his terms. The path is there, but it must be followed. He has given the ultimate sacrifice — Jesus — to die for all men (John 3:16), an instruction manual — the Bible — to be followed (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and man time to obey (2 Corinthians 6:2).
Man cannot follow just any path; it must be the path set forth by God. That path is followed by following Jesus Christ (John 14:6). That is why his words are so important. “He that rejecteth me and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).
Why not follow the path that God has cleared for all? It leads to a home in heaven. Believe that Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24), repent of your sins, (Luke 13:3), confess the name of Jesus before men (Romans 10:10), be baptized for the remission of your sins (Acts 2:38) and live for Christ (Revelation 2:10).