By Neisha Potter
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” John 3:16. The familiarity of this scriptural verse has been desensitized from the profound meaning that is intended to be revealed. Humanity takes this verse for granted; failing to acknowledge the eternal significance of sacrificing the sinless perfection and finished work of Jesus Christ as an outpour of the agape love our Creator has for his people.
The erudition of soteriology is necessary to understand the significance of what God gave for the atonement of his creation. How can one seek salvation if he or she does not know it should be sought after or how it can be found?
Jesus entered the world through Mary, the Theotokos, but this does not mean that He came into existence at this time. The Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit has always existed – for they are three in nature, but one essence/substance/person. One has not existed without the other, however, each has been revealed to humanity at different periods in history.
The incarnation is necessary to restore humanity to our natural state; the state in which God had intended us to be prior to the fall of Adam. Satan wanted humanity to be anathematized through the disobedience of Adam, but God took on flesh and all that we are when he arrived on scene as Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. God Almighty came as completely human and fully divine to pay the debt the people could not settle by their own accord.
The Messiah, fully man, yet wholly God, came in sinless perfection and took the sins of the world upon his shoulders, carried his cross to Calvary to lay upon it and shed his holy blood to restore humanity to the image of God; covering our sin with his righteousness. “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Messiah is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well” (1 John 5:1).
What we lost in Adam we gained through Jesus Christ. The sinless took on sin so we are rescued from eternal condemnation. Jesus Christ bridged the gap that separated man from God at the Garden of Eden and his blood abrogated death for all mankind. Through Jesus Christ we have the ability to be restored to the Father (John 14:6).
On the third day, Christ was raised from the dead just as we too will one day be raised and judged for this life. But if in fact Christ had not been raised, then we too will not be raised and are still under the curse of death and have not been redeemed from our fallen state. “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead . . . for since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:16-17; 21-22).
So God gave his one and only Son as the final sacrifice to redeem the people He created in his image (Genesis 1:27; John 3:16). He poured out the blood of the Son of God for forgiveness of sin (Ephesians 1:7). Those who are living in Christ are free from the bondage of sin and become co-heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven (Romans 8:17, 21; Galatians 3:29). “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12).
Neisha Potter is a married mom of three. Potter graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a BAS in Christian Ministry and Psychology.