James A. McMenis
Saved : I once was lost but now im found
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say, “I found the Lord.” In reality, He wasn’t lost. We were! In Scripture, God’s heart and love for fallen man can clearly be seen from the beginning. Immediately after man sinned, the Bible records that it was God who sought out man.
And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat. (Genesis 3:9-11)
Notice that it was God seeking out Adam. It’s also interesting to note that Adam was hiding from God. You see sin separates us from God. But the good news is that it didn’t separate God from us! Adam’s reason for hiding from God was because of the condition in which sin had left him —naked. Before sin, man was clothed and crowned in God’s glory (Psalms 8:4). Sin separates us from God’s glory (Romans 3:23). God had an answer to the condition that sin brought upon man. We read in Genesis 3:21 that God sacrificed an innocent animal (I believe a lamb) and clothed Adam and Eve. There were other ways that God could have clothed or covered them. Certainly He could do better than the fig leaves they were sewing!
There are at least three things that we can easily see within the story of sin and the fall of man. For starters, it is easily seen that it was God in pursuit of fallen man. Secondly, we see that man thought he could save himself. Sewing fig leaves together was Adam’s way of covering for his sin. There are many today that believe they can cover their sin just as Adam attempted to do. However, there is no work that anyone can do to cover for his or her sin.
Finally, we see that man’s sin merited a price. The payment for sin was death. God sacrificed the life of an innocent lamb as payment for man’s sin. This was a picture of Jesus, the Lamb of God, who came to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29). You see, God had already set the price of sin, and that price was death (See Genesis 2:17).
Death is the only payment accepted for sin. This is why man cannot save himself. There is nothing you can do ‘alive’ to pay the debt of death yourself. Jesus paid our sin debt with His death! We can receive His payment by faith and be saved from our sins!
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (Romans 5:6, 8-10)
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Is God calling your name? “________, where are you?” Respond in faith today and receive His gift of life and salvation. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).