14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.” — Genesis 3:14, 15 NIV
So the battle for the souls of men begins on earth. The flesh gives into the deception of the enemy and is barred from the Garden. The invisible, spiritual warfare for the control of our minds and thus our beliefs and our hearts’ desires stiil continues and will until the end of time as we understand it. The perfect world God had created and given to man was handed over to the enemy and would remain his domain for years to come. Sinful, imperfect humans could not, cannot and will never be able to defeat the enemy. Instead, we would become slaves to sin and live in a sinful world. We needed a Savior, a Redeemer, a Kinsman to purchase our freedom from the enemy. But, God is never surprised, He had a plan in place to do just that. In the “fullness of time”, that plan would explode onto earth. A plan that the enemy could not see coming and would be so blind to it, that he would even participate in the fulfillment of the plan. The enemy would believe he had won the final victory by seducing humans into killing the Savior. What he thought was a final victory would turn into his worst nightmare!
6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. — 1 Cor. 2:6-8 NIV
We have a part in that plan. Our part is to keep telling the age-old story, the same story that we heard from someone else. The story that introduced us to the Savior.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” — Matt.28:19, 20 NIV
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous