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Puzzle Piece 2: Cleansed

1Peter 3 (NIV)

18…Christ was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.  19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits     —          20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism… the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.  It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities & powers in submission to him.

Noah’s flood cleansed the earth of evil.

Adam and Eve opened the door to sin through disobedience, and sin spread like wildfire for about 1,500 years until God decided to physically cleanse the earth of sin by flooding the earth with rain. Noah found grace with God and God made a covenant with Noah to save him and his family in the ark. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights and water covered the earth, but more than a year passed before the earth was dry enough for them to leave the ark. Noah sent out a dove and when it returned with an olive branch, he knew that new life had begun. Afterwards, God vowed that He would never flood the earth again and created the rainbow so we could remember His promise.

JESUS’ baptism cleanses our hearts of evil.

In the New Testament people were introduced to a new form of cleansing by John the baptizer, the cousin of Jesus. When we are baptized in water, we are in effect taking part in the death and resurrection of Jesus. When we go under the water it is symbolic of His death and when we rise up out of the water it is symbolic of His resurrection. God gave us a sign of new life through the Holy Spirit who descended like a dove on Jesus at His baptism. Jesus is our spiritual ark and we can freely choose to take refuge in Him and be cleansed by grace through faith. Jesus died once for all and Communion (eating the bread and drinking the fruit of the vine) is how we remember that Jesus cleansed us of our sins and we have new life in Him!

Believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus so you can be CLEANSED of your sins!

 

Puzzle Piece 1: Life

1 Corinthians 15 (NLT)
45…The first man, Adam,
became a living person.
But the last Adam—that is, Christ—
is a life-giving Spirit.
47Adam, the first man,
was made from the dust of the earth,
while Christ, the second man,
came from heaven.
53 For our dying bodies must be
transformed into bodies that will never die;
our mortal bodies must be
transformed into immortal bodies.

Adam gave us a physical LIFE of mortality.

The Old Testament begins with the physical creation of our world and life. Based on the genealogies and ages provided in the Bible, the first human, Adam was created about 4000 BC. Adam was formed from the dust of the earth and brought to life by the breath of God. God later created Adam’s mate, Eve, from Adam’s rib and they had many children. God intended for them to live forever, but when they ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil instead of the tree of life, death came to all mankind and Adam died at the age of 930.

JESUS gives us a spiritual LIFE of immortality.

The New Testament begins with the human life of Jesus, The Christ. He was born about 4,000 years after Adam, however He existed as God prior to being born on earth as a baby. Jesus was born to Mary, a Jewish virgin, who was supernaturally impregnated by the Holy Spirit. At the age of 33, Jesus was crucified on a cross (tree), but rose from the dead 3 days later. After 40 days, Jesus went back to Heaven and sat down on His throne because the payment for our sins was finished. Jesus hung on a tree to reverse the curse of the tree of knowledge of good and evil which is the law (Galatians 3:13). He rose from the dead to show us that there is life after death. Jesus is the Tree of Life, so believe that He took the punishment you deserve and receive the blessings He deserves.

Believe that Jesus is the Son of God who loves you so much He gave HIS LIFE as payment for your sins and rose from the dead so you could have eternal LIFE!