6. The Path to Salvation Prepared by God

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And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. (Genesis 3:6~7)

But What Sayest Thou?

People’s thoughts are different although they are in the same situation. The level of interest, although looking at the same picture, or the level of emotion while looking at the same food, all differ. People have different reactions toward the same objects or the same circumstances. People, for the most part, do not think anything other than the thoughts they normally have. That is why they decide everything according to their own thoughts. All things are done within the world of their own thoughts. In John chapter 9, the disciples asked Jesus about a man who was blind from birth. “Jesus, who sinned that this man was born blind? Was it himself, or his parents?” The disciples saw the blind man and discussed the reason for him being blind. “Who sinned that he was born blind?” “Since he was born blind, it must be his parents’ sins.” “No, why would he become blind if it was his parents who sinned? The parents should be blind then. Then it must be he who sinned.” “How could he sin in the womb?” The disciples could not come to a solution so they asked Jesus, “Was this man born blind because he sinned, or was it because of the sin of his parents?” The disciples saw the blind man from the perspective of, “Whose sin caused this?” But Jesus said, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” Jesus’ thoughts were completely different from the disciples’ thoughts. The scribes and the Pharisees asked Jesus in John chapter 8, “This woman was caught in the act of adultery. Moses says that such a woman should be stoned, but what do you say?” They tried to push Jesus into a trap through their own wisdom. If Jesus were to say to stone her, they would have said, “He says to stone her when He claims that He came to save sinners?” And if He were to say to not stone her, they would’ve said, “That violates the law.” Whether Jesus replies one way or another, they were looking for conditions by which to accuse Jesus. But Jesus was not entrapped by their wisdom. If He were, then how could Jesus be God? Jesus said something they could never have imagined whatsoever. “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” No one ever thought that Jesus would reply with such words. We can see that the thoughts of Jesus were, by nature, different from ours; from man. Not only His perspective of the man born blind, or the woman taken in adultery in the Bible, but His perspectives on everything that happens in your life are different from yours, as well.

Apron of Fig Leaves and Coats of Skins

Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened after they ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil in Genesis chapter 3. The first thing they realized afterwards was that they were naked. Because there was nothing else they could do, they plucked fig leaves, tied them up, made aprons, and covered their shameful parts. What would God do at that very moment? Would God have made aprons of fig leaves? If so, then He would be a God who was not much different from man. But God did not do so. When we commit sin, our only thought is to try not to sin again and to cover up our sins. Shamefully, the problem is not whether we are doing well or not, but the important thing is whether you are living by your own thoughts or the thoughts of God. If you try to keep the law and things do not go well, you will labor again to keep it. As you do that many times, you come to realize, “Ah, this is not going to work!” It is ultimately in vain that we labor to not sin. Adam and Eve can only live in darkness if they try to cover themselves with fig leaf aprons, because if they come out in the sunlight wearing fig leaves, the leaves will quickly wither and crumble away. That is why they have to live in the shade. Their lives could only become dark. What did God do? It says in Genesis chapter 3, verse 21, Unto Adam also and to his