(Romans 3:23) For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
In order to understand forgiveness of sin, let’s look at sin, clarify what it is, and review how we all became sinners. Disobedience to God is the base definition of sin. Sin came into the world when Adam and eve disobeyed God. God told Adam and eve to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or they would certainly die. They ate of that tree. Death and self-awareness then entered into God’s creation. From that time they and their offspring would be self-aware and have the knowledge of good and evil. This opened the door to continued disobedience to God. Humans wanted to satisfy themselves, thus they turned their back on God and sought their own way. Their own way led them into evil.
God loved his created ones, and he wanted to save them from themselves. Living in a land of evil is not what he wanted for them. His plan to redeem them was set in motion. The goal of his plan was to make a way for forgiveness of sins and open the door for his beloved to return to fellowship with him. The Old Testament scriptures walk us through how God patiently worked his plan. All the time he was working toward our redemption.
Evil filled the earth and God brought a flood to reboot creation. Noah built an ark as God commanded him. He and his family stayed on the ark till God rescued them. The world Noah and his family found when they left the ark was greatly changed. Mankind’s life expectancy was shortened; meat was now part of their food, and the earth began the process of repopulation.
Time moved on, and the people began to fill the earth. God called Abram to father a people who he chose to carry out his plan. The story of these chosen people then filled the pages of the Old Testament scriptures. Next week we’ll look into the culmination of God’s plan.