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What were the first people like? – The Good News of Salvation Part 4

As you should have gathered from the previous post, God loves mankind very much! He created a wonderful world for them to rule over and enjoy. He only gave them one rule to obey. They could choose to trust God to provide everything that they needed, or they could choose to trust in themselves and rebel against God. As long as Adam and Eve chose to trust in God for life, wisdom, and provision, they were able to enjoy the full blessing of His presence and protection.

Life can only be found in God Himself. Jesus further tells us in John 17 that knowing God (or having a personal relationship with Him) equals eternal life. He has always desired us to know Him personally and intimately. But such knowledge requires humble trust on our part. Conversely, choosing to act in rebellion against God or looking to one’s self for life and wisdom can only possibly lead to death and destruction.

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)

Study it Out

  1. Who is the source of all wisdom according to Colossians 2:2-3 and James 1:5? According to those passages, does God want to selfishly hide wisdom from humanity?
  2. Did God withhold anything good from Adam and Eve in the Garden? Based on Psalm 16:11, does He want to withhold anything good from His creation?
  3. What does Proverbs 1:7 say is the first step to gaining true wisdom? How did the first human beings respond differently?
  4. What does John 14:6 tell us about attempting to find life outside of Jesus Christ?