3 Major Steps in God’s Plan of Salvation after the Fall of Man

 

We discussed previously how we were created by God for His own purpose and plan but became fallen, sinful, and unable to live in a way that fulfills God’s plan. The consequences of the fall of mankind are tragic, and we see the effect both in our own lives and everywhere we look today.

But God can never be defeated! And though frustrated, God’s plan cannot be derailed. In His wisdom, God took three tremendous steps to carry out His original plan of imparting His eternal life into us so we could share His life and express Him.

Step 1—God became a man named Jesus Christ

Two verses in John tell us the first step God took.

John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Then John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us.”

When we put these two verses together, we see something remarkable. The Word—who is God—became flesh. God became a man! This first step of God becoming a man is known as incarnation.

Consider how amazing that first step was. The infinite, eternal God of the universe became a man of flesh and blood—Jesus Christ. He lived a real human life, limited by time and space, and knew all the sufferings of human life. Yet He was the only man in all history who was without sin. He lived on earth not for a day, a week, or a year, but for thirty-three and a half years. During that time, He fully expressed God in all His living. We can see His wonderful humanity, the way He lived, and the words of grace and truth He spoke when we read the four Gospels.

Through incarnation, Christ put on a physical body of flesh and blood, making it possible for Him to die for us. His perfect, unblemished life qualified Him to take our place on the cross.

Step 2—Jesus Christ died on the cross to redeem us

Jesus Christ came to die for our sins. The first time John the Baptist saw Christ, he declared, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). As the Lamb of God, Christ was sacrificed for us on the cross. This second step was Christ’s crucifixion.

Because Jesus Christ took the step of being crucified, Ephesians 1:7 tells us what is available to sinful mankind now:

“In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of offenses, according to the riches of His grace.”

And Ephesians 2:13 tells us more of what we have because Christ was crucified for us:

“But now in Christ Jesus you who were once far off have become near in the blood of Christ.”

We sinful human beings can be redeemed, forgiven, and brought back to God, all because of Christ’s crucifixion.

Step 3—Christ rose from the dead

Christ’s death accomplished a wonderful redemption for mankind. But His redeeming death isn’t the end of the story. Jesus Christ rose from the dead and defeated death itself! This third step is resurrection.

The resurrection of Jesus is an accomplished fact, but it’s not just a fact, something for us to appreciate objectively. In 1 Corinthians 15:45 we read this extraordinary word:

“So also it is written, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living soul’; the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.”

This is tremendously important. As flesh and blood, Christ could never enter into us to be life to us. He could redeem us through His death, but He could only impart life to us through this step, His resurrection.

Because of this third step of resurrection, the Christ who was crucified for us is now the life-giving Spirit. As the Spirit, He is able to come into our human spirit with His divine life and we are reborn of the life-giving Spirit. We become children of God with the life of God!

Christ as the life-giving Spirit is available anytime, anywhere, to anyone who would repent, believe in Him, and open to receive Him. When we receive Him, we receive the eternal life as God had originally intended. As this life grows in us, spreading from our spirit into our soul, we express God to everyone around us.

The fall of man was calamitous. But God’s plan of salvation was carried out by these three tremendous steps—incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection. God in Christ accomplished our redemption to forgive us our sins and bring us back to Himself. God redeemed us so that He could achieve His goal of entering our spirit to live in us, be with us, and be expressed out of us.

Have you been forgiven of your sins and received the life of God? If you haven’t, you can pray a simple prayer like this one:

Lord Jesus, I turn to You and open my heart to You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. Thank You for resurrecting from the dead. Thank You, Lord, for being the life-giving Spirit. Lord Jesus, I believe in You and I receive You into my spirit right now. Thank You, Lord, for coming to live in me!


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8 thoughts on “3 Major Steps in God’s Plan of Salvation after the Fall of Man

  1. I read “Three Tremendous Steps God Took to Carry Out His Eternal Plan” but from reading this I didn’t see what I was taught from childhood that God sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for us. Instead I’m reading where you’re saying that God came back himself and died on the cross for us. Please let me know if I’m maybe reading the article wrong. Thanks

    1. Dear Juanita,

      Thank you for reading the post and sharing your question. Your question touches on the matter of the divine Trinity—the Father, Son and Spirit. Since this is a deep and mysterious matter, we can only respond here in a brief way.

      Your question seems to concern the first step, “God became a man named Jesus Christ,” as well as exactly who it was that died on the cross to redeem us.

      Just to be clear, this post is not contradicting the truth you’ve appreciated from your youth. God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for us. We, along with you, love and dearly treasure this precious truth. As John 3:16 says, God sent His Son to die so that we would not perish but would have eternal life. We praise Him for this!

      This post also does not mean that God (the Father) came down and died on the cross. But it does say, according to the Scriptures, that God became a man named Jesus Christ, and that Jesus Christ died on the cross to redeem us.

      Concerning God becoming a man named Jesus, consider these verses about Christ:

      Isaiah 9:6: “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us…And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God.

      Matthew 1:23: “‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel’ (which is translated, God with us).”

      Colossians 2:9: “For in Him [Christ] dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

      John 1:1 and 1:14: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…and the Word became flesh.

      We must believe, as the Scriptures tell us, that God became flesh. God became incarnated as a man.

      But, we must also believe Romans 8:3, which says, “God, sending His own Son in the likeness of the flesh of sin.” God sent His Son to die for our sins.

      So was the incarnation God sending His Son, or was it God coming in the flesh? Actually, both are correct according to the Scriptures.

      This confirms the oneness of the divine Trinity. The Son’s coming was not just the second of the Divine Trinity coming alone, but the coming of the Son, with the Father, and by the Spirit. When we get one, we get all three. The Father, the Son, and the Spirit are the three-in-one. They coexist from eternity to eternity, as seen at the Lord’s baptism recorded in Matthew 3:16-17. They are distinct but never separate.

      So when the Lord Jesus was living on the earth, He could say, “He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone” (John 8:29), and “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).

      Concerning who died on the cross, the answer is also in the Word.

      Although the Lord was one with the Father and the Spirit, we would never say that the Father or the Spirit died on the cross. This is not according to the revelation of God’s Word.

      For example, Matthew 27:46 says, “Jesus cried out…My God, My God, Why have You forsaken Me?”

      According to this verse and others, we believe that it was not the eternal God dying on the cross. The eternal God in His divinity cannot die. According to 1 John 1:7, it is the blood of Jesus, God’s Son, that cleanses us from our sins. It is only as a sinless man that Jesus could die on the cross to shed His blood for our redemption. But since He is the Son of God with divinity also, His blood has the eternal efficacy to redeem all of mankind (see Hebrews 9, especially verse 14).

      We hope this brief response will serve to deepen your appreciation for our wonderful Savior, for who He is, and what He has accomplished for us!

      We also encourage you to study the Scripture references we’ve used here, as well as the related footnotes in the New Testament Recovery Version. Such a study will greatly enhance your knowing of Jesus Christ!

  2. “Christ as the life-giving Spirit is available anytime, anywhere, to anyone who would repent, believe in Him, and open to receive Him.” What a salvation!

  3. Hi this is an amazing post. God bless this post. I learned a lot through this and I know I am such a fool but when we can express God from us because Christ came to our life, why do we sin? Thanks

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