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The Importance of Earth's Redemption (6 of 15)
Series: HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED ABOUT HEAVEN?
When Adam and Eve fell into sin, Satan appeared to have ruined God's plan for a righteous humanity to rule the earth to God's glory. Yet, immediately after the Fall, God promised a redeemer, the seed of the woman, who would one day come and crush the serpent.
"I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heel." (Genesis 3:15)
While the wound of sin was still fresh, before the first scar had formed, God unveiled His plan to send a fully human redeemer who would be far more powerful than Satan. In an act of intervention to deliver mankind, this redeemer would deliver a mortal wound to the usurping devil, and in the process would be wounded himself. Later it was revealed that this redeemer would be the seed of Abraham (Gen. 22:18) of the tribe of Judah (Gen. 49:10); and the house of David (II Sam. 7:12-13). Genesis 3:15 is the first of many passages anticipating a suffering saviour who would battle Satan and redeem God's people. That suffering servant would be Christ the Messiah who came to make all things new.
Acts 3:21 (CSV) – "Heaven must welcome Him until the times of the restoration of all things, which God spoke about by the mouth of His holy prophets from the beginning."
I. GOD'S PLAN OF REDEMPTION
A. Redemption and God's Person
When humanity rebelled, the universe fell as well under the weight of sin. This did not take God by surprise for He had a plan formed before the foundation of the Earth was laid. God planned to redeem mankind and ll of creation from sin, corruption and death. Just as God promises to make men and women new, He promises to renew the Earth itself.
"Behold I will create new heavens and a new earth." (Isaiah 65:17)
"As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me, declares the Lord, ...
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