So what is God’s response to the corruption that exists in human nature?

The Bible’s answer is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You see, God’s agenda was that we would be in charge of human history, and in order to fix what we broke, God became human. The Bible tells us this in the Gospel of John, chapter 1 verses 1 and 14, which say this in the English Standard Version:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

The Bible tells us that God became a man and lived as apart of our broken and corrupt world, with one important difference: he remained completely pure. He personally experienced the frustration we have when we have to make choices in life, but he remained free from the corruption common in human nature his entire life.

The Bible tells us this in Hebrews, chapter 4 verse 15 which says this in the ESV: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

Because Jesus Christ was completely innocent and free of the corruption that exists in human nature, he volunteered to be punished in our place so that we could go free. The Bible tells us this in 2 Corinthians chapter 5 verse 21 which says this in the English Standard Version: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Then after Jesus Christ died, God proved that we could be free from the corruption that exists in human nature. The proof is a historical event that took place in the past, which is known today as the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us this in 1 Corinthians chapter 15, verses 1 through 8, which say this:

“Now I would remind you, brothers of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.

Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.”

(to be continued…)