The subject of God's forgiveness and mercy is without doubt one of the most wonderfully comforting themes you will find as you study the Bible. The thought that Almighty God looks upon us with kindness and understanding in the midst of our struggles, brings hope and joy into our hearts and lives. How To: Find Forgiveness and Cleansing is a step by step guide for those who want to enjoy freedom from sin and shame.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness
(1 John 1:9)
Sins Entrance Into the World
God's original relationship with Adam was one of a Father teaching His son, preparing him for the day when he was mature enough to take over the family business, namely the rulership of the earth.
(Genesis 1:26) Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
But within the Garden of Eden God set boundaries and limits that Adam was not allowed to cross, that He might teach Adam the importance of submission and obedience. The blessing of obedience was abundant life within a beautiful paradise, but crossing over the boundaries God had set would result in the loss of paradise and spiritual death.
(Genesis 2:15-17) Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
But a little further on in Genesis we read how Satan came into the Garden and deceived both Adam and Eve, and they fell from God's state of grace and into sin and spiritual death and were cast out of the Garden. Read (Genesis 3:1-24)
Adam and Eve's disobedience and sin resulted in Spiritual Death and they passed on their fallen nature to every generation of mankind that was to follow.
The rulership and dominion of the earth for which Adam was being trained was usurped by Satan, who is revealed as the ruler of this world system. Satan's influence and control over men has caused terrible suffering both within mankind and upon the creation for 1,000's of years.
(Ezekiel 18:20) The soul who sins shall die.
(John 10:10) The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly
(John 12:31) Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.
(1 Corinthians 15:22) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive