From the Beginning

A STORY OF "TIME" by Trevor Topsfield


Do we need saving?

The answer is simple, only if you want to live with God forever. Salvation is a package that will achieve this.

The complication is that everything that lasts for eternity has to be perfect which is something that no person on earth can achieve. This means that under our present condition we would ruin the eternal properties of everything eternal if we were involved with it, any imperfection would compound and multiply until all things eternal would eventually be destroyed.

Salvation can be given to us by God that rights every wrong of our imperfect being and replaces it with perfection. However, it will only work forever if everyone who becomes perfect retains this condition. The standard of all things perfect is set by God and the maintenance of it is sustained by him.

Therefore there is a condition set down by God before he will freely give salvation to anyone. So that God can maintain his perfect standard he will only give it to those who will unconditionally accept his authority and stay within his perfect standard.

Salvation has been made available to everyone, but he will not give it if his authority is not respected. God has to be God to all the recipients of salvation. This means God does not consider eternity with him as a democracy; God is the supreme ruler and always will be. The choice we have is; do we want to spend our eternity with him under these conditions or not.

The evidence we have concerning God is seen in his creation, for in it we see his “Divine Nature” and “Eternal Power”, which is ample for us to make our decision.

If after knowing God, those who refuse to glorify him will do nothing more concerning him. But for those who are impressed with what they have learned about God through his nature and power, they will look further into the matter. With a desire to find out more of our creator they will learn how God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ has dealt with our sinfulness, so he can implant the righteousness required for an eternity with him.

The person who will not recognize God as God will never understand the significance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross; it is meaningless to him. But those who see God as the supreme ruler; they will appreciate Jesus Christ and believe in him, being grateful for his ultimate sacrifice.

As part of life we have an extremely important decision to make about our future, but regardless of what we decide our soul will continue as it has done from the time of our birth

After Adam was created God breathed into him the breath of life and Adam became a living soul (Genesis 2:7). At our birth God does the same for each of us so we too become living souls. Our souls are housed in our body which was handed down to us through our parents and like every other person on the planet they are sinful; so they passed on their sinfulness to us.

With our souls living in our bodies, it has an influence on our soul which appears at the time to be the most important. So our initial reaction from our soul is to make our decisions concerning the needs of our body. Because our bodies are not perfect, its needs and influence on our soul will require our soul to lower its standard if it is to accommodate the bodies’ pressure.

With maturity will come an understanding that while we would like to do the right thing, it appears to beyond our capability. A perfect soul is a standard in itself and it will recognize when it compromises, so there is an inbuilt conscience in everyone.

I remember seeing a girl wearing a sweater with the words “I might not be perfect, but parts of me are excellent” and it was obvious which parts were being referred to.  So while our souls recognize our weaknesses it is aware there are certain strength in our person.

Further maturity brings about an awareness of God, his nature and power is seen through the things he has made (Romans 1). This creates another complication for the soul. How does its ability compare to God’s divine nature and eternal power?

If we will not glorify God and in our rebelliousness consider in our souls we can overcome all our short falls, then our pride will cause us to ignore God. Who needs him?

If on the other hand, we glorify God so we recognize our own inferiority both in our person and situation and see God as the solution, then we are ripe for a change of mind concerning him.

So while our sinfulness makes it impossible to attain perfection or the righteousness of God it demonstrates the gulf that exists between us.

God considers his life as the only (real) life there is, any other is death using his definition. Therefore living sinfully is death in his eyes, in the same way he warned Adam and Eve that the day they ate the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil they would die. Ever since then the human race has had to endure a living death.

This is the “death” referred to when in Romans 6:23 it says “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NIV).

The root cause of our trouble is our sinfulness from which we commit sins that would contaminate God’s environment if we were allowed there as we are. The sins we would commit would eventually bring about the destruction of God’s dwelling place which is something he must maintain at all costs.

Therefore if we are to go Heaven our sinfulness has to be replaced with his righteousness so we will only produce perfection which will not do it any harm.

To do this Jesus Christ while he was nailed to the Cross died because of our sinfulness and suffered the living death while he was being judged for us. When the judgment was complete he gave up his spirit and died physically.

The actual component that was placed on Christ on the cross was our rebelliousness which is the cause of our sinfulness. This is not mentioned in The New Testament, only the fact that he died for our sinfulness. However, when Christ took on our rebelliousness our sinfulness was automatically taken care of. (Take away the source and you take away the result)

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.” (NIV) 1 Corinthians 15:3 says in the Greek he died for hamartia which is sinfulness as a principle.

The Greek Word for “sin” is άμαρτια or using the Greek database of the technical data of the New Testament where I have given each Greek letter an English equivalent, so a very early computer could compile it. So άμαρτια becomes “hamartia”

Therefore the word for sins in 1 Corinthians 15:3 looks like this:-

1503 hamartiwn gen pl n hamartia 0266 sin as a principle and power, sinfulness, failing to hit the mark,

“Hamartiwn – άμαρτιων is the genitive plural of άμαρτια (a noun).

Genitive (gen) indicates possession. pl indicates plural of the word άμαρτια which means sin as a principle or sinfulness.

So Christ died for our sinfulnesses (plural)

There is another Greek word that is translated “sin” which is (άμαρτανων) hamartanw and refers to sins and is a verb.

It is found in Luke 15:18 which speaks of the prodigal son on his return and he said to his father that he had committed a sin against him.

“I will set out and go back to my father and say to him; {Father. I have sinned against heaven and against you.}” (NIV)

1518 hymaton (ήματον) 1pers sing or 3pers pl aor2 in hamartanw (άμαρτανω) 0264 to miss the mark, to err, be mistaken, to do or go wrong

“Hamartanw – άμαρτανω” indicates the action of sinning. (First person singular-I. Aorist tense-an action) in (indicative) a statement or question.

To give an example of the two words for sin together, they could be translated “sinning sinfulness” in 1 John 15:16 or committing a sin from our sinfulness.

0516 hamartanonta acc sing masc part pres t hamartanw 0264 to miss the mark, to err, be mistaken, to do or go wrong

0516 hamartian acc sing n hamartia 0266 sin as a principle and power, sinfulness, failing to hit the mark

Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.

Isaiah 53:6  But he was pierced for our transgressions (H6588), he was crushed for our iniquities (H5771) the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,  and by his wounds we are healed. We all like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity (H5771) of us all. (NIV)

H6588 פֶּשַׁע peshaʽ peh’-shah From (H6586); a revolt (national, moral or religious):—rebellion, sin, transgression, trespassive

H5771 עָווֹן עָוֹן ʽâvôn ʽâvôn aw-vone’, aw-vone’ From H5753; perversity, that is, (moral) evil:—fault, iniquity, mischief, punishment (of iniquity), sin. (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of The Bible)

Jesus Christ was wounded for our transgressions (H6588 our rebelliousness), he was bruised for this fault (our iniquities H5771) or mischief which is our rebelliousness. The Lord laid upon him this fault or mischief which is our rebelliousness.

So our rebelliousness was placed on Christ while he hung on the Cross. Our rebelliousness is us personally going our own way and accepting the authority of our bodies which we know to be of a substandard.

Therefore to believe in Jesus Christ is to appreciate his sacrifice for us and humble ourselves before the authority of God. While committing sins is something we cannot avoid because of our sinfulness, we no longer rebel against his authority knowing what we do is wrong. This will mean when we reach God’s dwelling place we will only follow his lead and do the right thing, as we will no longer have the bad influence of our sinful bodies, they will be dead and buried or cremated.

Of course God has always known if we will respond positively and has set the wheels in motion making sure the circumstances work together so that all who will accept his authority eventually believe in Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:28)

In the Greek salvation is always in the passive voice which means we receive it and here are two examples:- By this gospel you are saved. (NIV)

1 Corinthians 15:2

1502 swzesce (ςωζεςθε) 2pers pl pres ind pass v swzw (ςωζω) 4982 to save, to keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction,

(2pers plural –You all.  Present tense.  Indicative mood-a statement. Passive voice-subject receives the action of the verbyou all have received salvation


Acts 16:31

They replied. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – (NIV) Acts 16:31

1631 swcysy (ςωθης) 2pers sing fut ind pass v swzw (ςωζω 4982 to save. to keep safe and sound. to rescue from danger or destruction.

2 Person singular-you. Future-will. Indicative mood-statement. Passive voice- subject receives the action of the verb. You will receive salvation)

Trevor Topsfield


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