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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.

- Genesis 3:15

 


 

For the good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

0 wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

- Romans 7:19, 23-25a

 

    A man once owned a beautiful clock which would not run. "Leave it alone for a while," suggested one. "Oil it," advised another. "Shake it!" "Put it in a new location," or "Bring it to this or that shop," said others. But nothing helped - its case appeared hopeless.

    When all else had failed, the man brought the clock back to its maker who thoroughly renewed it so that it ran well.

    Man's heart is spiritually dead. His only hope is returning to his Maker to have it thoroughly renewed.

Genesis 3, which relates man's sin, fall, and punishment, is often referred to as "the black chapter" of Scripture. But the first gospel promise, the promise of the Savior, is also found in this chapter. Blessed be God! He did not leave all men in the miserable state into which they had brought themselves, but He graciously opened a wonderfully complete, rich, and glorious way of salvation for lost sinners through the death payment of His Son - the Lord Jesus Christ. After man broke the Covenant of Works and plunged himself into hopeless misery, God revealed a second covenant, the Covenant of Grace, through which man can again be brought into relationship and communion with God, and be restored into God's favor and fellowship eternally. This Covenant of Grace is examined in our next chapter.

Have you been brought to know, feel, and own your actual and original sin? If so, all hope and expectation in your own efforts, works, and righteousness have been cut off. Have you been led to see, hope, and trust in Jesus Christ for deliverance? If so, your heart has been won over to most deeply desire to increasingly love and serve Him in all things.


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