The Long Road to Salvation, Part II

The very beginning of the walk on the long road to salvation was begun by the father and mother of the human race, Adam and Eve, some 6,000 years or so years ago.  It began from the Garen of Eden, somewhere near the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.  Contrary to the garbage believed and taught in secular society over the past 160 years, Adam, the very first man, was created by God in the image of God on the sixth day of creation.  God created him out of the clay of the ground, and placed him in a very special place on earth where he would want for nothing: the Garden of Eden.  God gave Adam the Hebrew language, for everything, the trees, animals, waters, everythig Adam named was in Hebrew.  But Adam was alone, and God knew he needed a help mate.  So God put Adam to sleep, and from his rib, God created a woman to be his wife. 

In the middle of the Garden was two very special trees: the Tree of Life, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. 

“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of  it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

Time passed, and it wasn’t long before Satan entered the scene!  Disguised as a serpent and the most “subtile” beast of the field, he boldly approached the woman and began his history of deception, doubt, and lies, when he said, “Yea, hast God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”

“And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”

“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”

The act of disobedience wasn’t hard to do, nor very long thought of!  For the woman did eat, and gave it to her husband, and he did eat.  Thus began the long, hard road to  salvation, with all its twists and turns, mountains and valleys, and detours along the way.  It is a most narrow road, and only so many will be able to walk it!  But this road is special,  for at every turn is the Great Shepherd to Guide and Protect and ensure the way to  salvation is finished for the travelers on this road.  

This Great Shepherd Guide (God) first appeared as a man whom Adam and Eve saw and talked to.  He was walking in the Garden in the cool of the day, and fiound them hiding.  They had covered their nakedness with leaves.  God knew what they had done.  When He learned the whole story, how the serpent beguiled Eve, and she ate of the forbidden friut, and then gave it to her husband, and he did eat also, God pronounced curses on all three. But He left  the man and woman hope for the future in a most amazing prophecy about the coming of God, the Savior, to earth as a man! It is the first Messianic prophecy of the Holy Bible (Genesis 3:15), and it entails the “seed of Satan” (the Antichrist) one day being defeated by the “seed of the Woman.” 

This “seed of the Woman,” is the same One who was “walking in the cool of the garden; the same One who pronounced the curse, and the same One who covered their nakedness and sin (shedding of blood as a sacrifice for the remission of sin) with animal skins.  He is the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the God people in those days were allowed to see and live.  He is the Great Shepherd, the Son of God, Jesus of Nazareth.  He is the Christ, the Messiah.  He will manifest Himself as  Man throughout the pages of the Old Teatament; He will be known by many names; He will do great deeds.  All these most wonderful appearances point to the ‘fullness of  time’ when Jesus Christ would come to earth and shed His blood for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.  This is the believers true salvation;  and this is the completion of The Long Road to Salvation, began so long ago at the beginning of human history.   

It is He, and He alone who is ever present on the Long Road to Salvation, and only He will see to it that all who are His will complete this most wonderful walk of faith.  Amen.

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