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Vindicated Versus Condemned

 The Bible makes it clear that there is no one who has not sinned. Every person has made decisions that benefited their lives but harmed someone else. For the most part many of us have not reached the maturity level of Jesus that God wanted man to have. The outcome is that our decisions harm others even though we had no intentions of harming anyone.

Can you imagine the world we live in without a means to keep our relations peaceful and in working order? What value would life have if we could not stand to be in the presence of one of several people you could not trust? Wouldnít serving the needs of another become a matter of your fulfilling desires just to survive?

It is typically human to find fault in another person and condemn them for what they did to you without allowing them the right to defend their actions. This leads to an exaggeration of facts and unwarranted misunderstanding, especially when it does not require an effort to love or keep peaceful relations with them. Without confronting the matter things only get worse, as it is not fair to the other person to accuse them of something you only think they did. Everything a person does from that point on strengthens the accuser of his convictions and over time form a hatred and mistrust for any future relations with that person.  Unfortunately you reap what you sow.

Adam and Eve made a huge mistake when they chose to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. They were encouraged to think that they would be like God knowing good from evil. After that occurrence God went into the garden to find and have fellowship with Adam and Eve but heard Adam say, we hid from you because we were naked.  

God could have immediately formed a decision in his mind and condemned Adam and Eve. However, he asked Adam and Eve to confirm what he heard and saw before taking any action. God may have driven them away from the tree of life, but not before he clothed them with the skins of animals. God had provided clothes for them out of kindness and forgave their sin.

The penalty for eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil was death for God said,

God did not end their life or his relationship with them, he devised a way to make future relations possible. God also worked with Cain when he saw his anger and his face downcast because his sacrifice wasnít accepted in the way he thought it should. God confronted him as well and asked Cain why he was angry. Then advised him that sin was crouching at his door; it desired to have him, but Cain, listen - you must master sin. (Genesis 4:6-7)

Cainís anger grew as he considered the matter and chose to kill his brother. God confronted Cain the second time and asked him. "Where is your brother Abel?" and gave him an opportunity to defend himself. "I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?"  Then the Lord said to Cain, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground. You are under a curse and driven from the ground where your brothers blood cries out to me. (Genesis 4:9-12)

God exacted a just penalty for the sins of Adam, Eve and Cain, but they lived out their lives because God devised a way so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him. God has a plan where his sense of justice can be atoned and satisfied within his disposition of love and Godís plan for atonement is in affect today.

When the time was right, God sent his son as the Lamb of God. The scriptures reveal Godís love for the world this way.

He not only sent his son as the Lamb of God but to teach mankind how to take control of their life and master sin.  Jesus repeated the need to obey Godís commands. He said that all the law depended on your love for God and your fellow man. (Matthew 22:37-40)

During his lifetime Jesus did not sin, but stayed on a course to offer his life as the penalty for the sin of mankind. In this respect he became the substitutionary sacrifice that paid with his life the penalty of death due to us for our sin. As the Lamb of God Jesus Christ atoned for the sins that man committed, but at the same time made it possible for every man or woman to accept the death of Jesus as the price for their atonement. When we accept Jesus several promises of God takes place such as purification, sanctification but most importantly justified and accepted as if we had not sinned. (1 John 1:7, 1 Corinthians 6:11, Romans 4:7-8)

Do this in remembrance of me Jesus said, taking the holy sacrament of communion is to remind you that your sin is forgiven and your Lord died to vindicate and redeem you from sin.  

The one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. (John 12:48) Those who did not choose life, who chose not to know the father and the one he sent or believe in Jesus will perish. The will hear Jesus plainly saying

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