God’s redemption Plan for Man
In the beginning God created everything on earth and He saw that it was good. God created man in the image of God, the only created being in God’s image. God placed man in the garden and man’s responsibility comprised of naming all the animals, ruling the earth and man must reproduce and fill the earth. There was only one request, “Do not eat of the tree of Good and Evil.” If man ate of this tree, he would die. Essentially God was saying, “You can choose life or you can choose death. You can choose light or darkness.”
Man was not alone in the garden. Co-habitating with him were all kinds of plants and animals, including an evil serpent. This ‘evil being’ convinced man (by Lying) to eat of the tree he was told not to eat of, and as a result man fell from his position as keeper of the garden to one below that of the angels. As Heb 2:6 – 8, “But one has [solemnly] testified somewhere [in Scripture], saying, what is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you graciously care for him? you have made him for a little while lower [in status] than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of your hands; you have put all things in subjection under his feet [confirming his supremacy]. Now the world we live in is a fallen world. Now in putting all things in subjection to man, He left nothing outside his control. But at present we do not yet see all things subjected to him.”
Even though man chose darkness, God had a plan for us before the foundation of the world as we see in (Eph 1:4) Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.
Jesus died on the cross and overcame death to set those who believe into Him free from sin. How does that help me you say? (1Co 15:3-4) “For I passed on to you first of all what I also had received, that Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for our sins in accordance with [what] the Scriptures [foretold], That He was buried, that He arose on the third day as the Scriptures foretold”