Now let us look at the second question in our study, “Why should we see Jesus as our only savior?” And again, reading from Genesis chapters three we can answer that question in relationship as to why we need saving and a savior. Starting off with Chapters three of Genesis, we can remember the conversation that took place between Eve, and Lucifer, a conversation in which Lucifer tempt Adam and his wife with the offer of becoming gods should they defy the instruction of God.
Genesis 2:16-17 “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eat thereof thou shalt surely die.” And we know at the end of the conversation with Lucifer now called a serpent in the story, Eve saw that the tree was good for food, however, it was not that she saw that the tree was good for food, instead, she was tempted because of the desire to become a god as Lucifer had falsely promised.
Seeing that she could have gained the knowledge of God that she might become a god, Eve then took from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and eat from it, and what came next was the realization she and her husband was going to die. Genesis 3:6-7 “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons.”
Eve and her husband tried to hide their sins, but when God came to see what they were doing, he brought judgment against the man and his wife on account of their rebellion. Genesis 3:9-11 “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 were naked? Has thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?”
This was a sad day in the lives of Adam and his wife, and yet while being judged, a window of escape was provided when God promised to destroy the government of Lucifer that would come under the seed of Lucifer. First God spoke of the enmity that would be between the seed of the Savior and the seed of the Lucifer now called a serpent in the story, and the message we draw from this story and history of humanity is the reality there was to be a son born under Adam in the future who was to be the savior of the world…
Genesis 3:14-15 “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” And as we go throughout the course of time, we see Jesus the seed of the woman coming into the world to represent humanity before God the father.
Now, this is partly answering the question “why only Jesus as savior?” And as we go through the history and genealogy of Jesus Christ, we can make the connection he is the only way to God and eternal life. He is the only way to God and only savior because as a son of Adam, he firstly has the right to the throne of Adam because it was to him Adam had left an inheritance to be ruler over the creation God had placed in his hands.
The scripture speaks of this truth regarding the process and timeline of redemption, 1 Corinthians 15:22-27 “For as in Adam all died, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward, they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, until he has put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he has put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.”
And what this is saying, as we can see, it is because of Adam the first created man we have come to inherit death, and the loss of a great inheritance, to the point at this moment the world is under the influence of the spirit of the Antichrist only by God allowing it until the process of time is complete because as it stands, Christ is working out our salvation, and the salvation of those to come in the world in their time and generation. But once the process of time is complete, Christ will put down all rule in opposition to his. And in that moment will put the last enemy down which is death, and it is then we shall have our full redemption.
But looking at the genealogy of Christ, we can make this connection he is the only way, because reading the list of those to whom the inheritance was passed after Adam down to Jesus, we can see Jesus having the right to reign as ruler over the creation of God. And then, if we were to look at the cross, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can also see that the inheritance of Christ was not passed on to any other, because in his resurrection as the descendant of Adam, the son of man, and as the Son of God, Jesus kept the inheritance passed on to him.
Now, having this promise and inheritance passed down to him, Jesus can now offer us a place in his eternal kingdom on account of his resurrection, and approval from the Father. Jesus knew he was the seed of the woman, the seed of Abrham, and the promise savior, and having the right as a son of Adam, Abraham, and being born of the Holy Spirit, and by God’s approval through the resurrection, Jesus now makes us an offer to be saved by his grace.
Jesus was the seed promised to come into the world to become the blessing of all nation on earth, and the blseeing of Christ to all is the eternal life promised in his resurrection. Genesis 22:15-18 “And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time and said, “By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou has done this thing, and has not withheld thy son, thine only son: In blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou has obeyed my voice.
Jesus is the seed of Abraham, and is also the son of God, and looking back at his genealogy, and the circumstances surrounding his birth, we do know Jesus is the only savior and way to God. John 3:16-19 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
So, when Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” He is making a legitimate claim because that claim is pointing back to his ancestry, and his birth right…. Jesus is Afterall a king’s son, the son of David who once sat on the throne in Jerusalem, and according to Isaiah, Jesus will re-establish the kingdom of David having that right as a king’s son from the human perspective and when he does, he will reign and rule, firstly, based on his birth right, then his inheritance, and most importantly because of God’s approval demonstrated in his resurrection…