What is God’s relationship with man?
Question: “What is God’s relationship with man? Sin breaks a loving relationship. Can the relationship be re-
God is a triune being: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Man is also a triune being: spirit (also called innerman), body, and soul (which are composed of the will, the mind, and the emotions). Man alone is created in the image of God. Man was created to have a loving relationship with God. The term man refers to both male and female. In Christ there is no distinction.
Satan deceived Adam and Eve and stole the authority and power that God had given to Adam and Eve. Man sinned by believing Satan’s lie that they could be as God rather than believing God. Rather than working in the authority God had given them and telling Satan to leave and not return, they believed Satan’s lies, bowed to Satan, thusly becoming subject to Satan. Man’s sin separated him from God and interrupted God’s intended relationship with man. Today, man still believes Satan’s lies rather than God’s truth. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). For the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away (Isaiah 64:6).
Your eyes [Lord] are too pure too look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong (Habakkuk 1:13).
But God showed His love toward mankind by sending His own Son as a substitutional payment for our sins.
He made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin [who never sinned] to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Christ paid the price for our sins on the Cross, and He is offering us the free gift of salvation and reconciliation to Him. Through Christ, by confessing and repentance, our sins will be forgiven and forgotten. Through Christ, we may become the sinless and righteous person that God originally created in the garden.
We receive Christ Jesus by exercising the gift of faith that He gives us. It is by free grace [God's unmerited favor] that you are saved through [your] faith (Ephesians 2: 8). When we receive Christ Jesus, we experience a new birth and become newborn children of God. Note that salvation is not an intellectual agreement with the Word of God. Rather, salvation requires a commitment, a dedication, a confession, and the receiving of Christ into our heart.
An emotional experience of salvation is great, but is Jesus truly in charge? Are you following the direction of His Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit or are you doing your own thing? If not, then you need to make Christ the Lord of your life. You make Him the Lord of your life by completely surrendering your life and will to God. Only an act of your will, choosing to let Him direct your ways can bring true transformation. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2). Renewing our mind is the process of substituting God’s logic for our human reasoning. Our reasoning and faith in God are normally in direct opposition. The choice is ours; we can follow Satan’s kingdom, the world, and final judgment, or God’s kingdom.
It is sin that separates us from God, and it is repentance and following God’s Word that brings us into a close relationship with God. God is waiting with open arms for you to come to Him and to have a relationship with Him.
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