• David Osteen

The Five C's of Christianity

Creation - Genesis 1:1 - “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” God was there before the beginning and He caused the beginning to begin. For all things to come into being. As such, He is the author of all and had authority over all (Ephesians 4:6). The creation is to point us to God, to know God, and to humble ourselves before God. He is the Creator. We are the creature.

Command - Genesis 1:3; 2:16-17 - The Creator, having all authority, gives commands. Commands are not merely instructional but also directives. His voice is to be obeyed. In Genesis 1:3 God commanded there to be light and there was light. The voice of God has all authority. All Creation it to obey the Creator; however, there are special beings of which God created that He gave “free will”. That is, He gives the command, and the being has the free will to accept (obey) it or to reject (disobey) it. The first recorded command given to the first man was not to eat of the tree of good and evil in the garden of Eden.

Consequences - Genesis 3:6&23 - This “C” could just as easily be condemnation; however, I’ve grown to desire to share both sides of commands - the curse AND the blessing. As Adam and Eve obeyed God in the garden of Eden the consequences were great. They were in holy communion with God and all was at peace and to their benefit. However, when they disobeyed God, as God had warned/promised, there were consequences - condemnation. They broke the bond of holiness with the impurity of sin and their relationship with God in the garden was cutoff as they were cast out. When we sin, we also lose that relationship with God. Our sins separate us from God. And if we live long enough, we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) The wages (consequences) of that sin is spiritual death (separation from God). Romans 6:23

Christ - Genesis 3:15 & 21 - But thanks be to God that we do not have to die in our sins and iniquities; separated from God for all of eternity in hell. The love of God that commanded us into existence is the same loving God who “gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) “We know love by this, that He (Jesus) laid down His life for us…” (I John 3:16) and has provided Himself as the sacrifice for our sins. When disciples were first “made” (Matthew 28:19) at the first preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ the crowd of sinners were commanded to obey, “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins...” (Acts 2:38) This Christ is the one God prophesied in the garden that would bruise the head of Satan and give us victory over death! (I Corinthians 15) We see that Adam and Eve were shamefully naked in the garden before God and that God clothed them - covering their nakedness. This could be a type of what is accomplished in Christ Jesus when we obey the gospel and are clothed with Christ as our sins are washed away. (Galatians 3:27; Acts 22:16)

Coming - Genesis 3:8 - In the Garden, after Adam and Eve ate of the fruit they hid themselves from God. Of course, though many may try, none can actually do that (Hebrews 4:13). They hid themselves amongst the trees, but the Lord was coming. The Lord was coming in judgement. Likewise, Christ Jesus ascended to heaven (Acts 1:9-11), but He will come back in judgement (II Thessalonians 1:7-10; II Peter 3:1-12) God does not want any to perish but for all to come to repentance. For all to obey the command of the gospel of salvation. He has not come yet. Not because He is slow about His promise, but because His longsuffering is great! He gives us all another day by His grace as the Creator to humble ourselves before Him, to serve Him, to love Him, to honor Him, to respect Him, to obey Him. He is coming. Are you ready?

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