The Salvation Message

All Christians know of God’s plan for salvation (if they do not, then they surely are not saved!), but many of the same Christians do not realize that all of the Gospel story has its roots in the first book of the Bible- Genesis. Genesis ultimately holds the foundations of all the Christian faith, but the doctrine of salvation starts within the first three chapters of the book. To get a good grip of how salvation works, we must look at the book of Genesis.
Genesis one describes that God created everything “very good”- meaning that there was no sin at the end of creation week. There was no need for salvation since there was no sin. The needing of a Savior started when Adam ate of the fruit and cursed all the generation of man with sin. At first glance, it seems very simple to understand but let’s take a more in-depth examination of how sin traveled through the human generations and why a Savior is needed.
First of all, Romasn 5: 12 tells us that through Adam, sin entered the world. It was through Adam that the whole creation was cursed and in need of a Savior. The sin nature, itself, was passed by him to his son, by his sons to his grandsons, by his grandsons to his great-grandsons, and so on. It is important to note that it is only possible through the male is the sin nature able to be passed through generations. We see evidence of this when Jesus was born. Having an earthly mother but a Heavenly Father, Jesus was perfect and without sin since he lacked an earthly father to have inherited the sin nature from. Jesus was able to die for man’s sins because He had no sins. He was not the son of Adam, but the Son of God. He was the perfect sacrifice for sin.
We also see in the book of Genesis for the reasons of salvation: sin.  When Adam and Eve ate of the tree of good and evil, sin cursed the perfect creation that God had made. It was through this one sinful act that all sin entered the perfect creation, making the need for a Saviour. Jesus, being our Saviour, came to earth four thousand years after the first act of sin and paid for the punishment of all sin. In fact, Genesis prophesied this in Genesis 3:15, “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.” This is prophesying the coming of Jesus Christ, when He comes and conquers death.
Why is a Savior needed for man? The Book of Genesis surely holds the foundation of salvation and tells us why we need a Savior. It is because of man’s sinful acts that we need a sinless sacrifice to save us from the penalty of the sinful acts- death. Jesus came to Earth (not through the seed of man) to conquer death and save us from sin. As is prophesied in the first book of the Bible, Jesus will bruise the serpents head and conquer death.
It is also important to note that the New Testament cross-references Genesis when talking about Salvation. We read in the Romans account of how “by one man sin entered the world”. We also read “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). This verse backs up Genesis when God spoke to Adam and Eve about eating the tree of good and evil and says that they should surely die (Genesis 2:17).
By providing all of the evidences listed about, we can see that the foundations of salvation is rooted in the first book of the Bible- Genesis. It is incredible that God nailed the most important doctrine in the beginning three chapters of the Bible. God really cares about us and wants all man to know the Gospel Story.