Q19: Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favor?
ANSWER: Yes, to satisfy his justice, God himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to himself and delivers us from sin and from the punishment for sin, by a Redeemer.
The entire story of the Bible can be summed up as a “Me vs. God” story. We continually sin, and God continually saves; we disobey, and God promises us a path forward. When Adam and Eve sinned, God promised that the offspring of the woman would defeat Satan and his dominion over mankind. A Redeemer is coming.
When Moses returned from Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments, the opening words of the Law of God are premised upon His redemption: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” We are a redeemed people.
When David desired to build a temple to God, the Lord promised David that one of his offspring would build the temple: “I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be to him a father and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, but my steadfast love will not depart from him” (2 Samuel 16:13-15). The Redeemer will be the sacrifice for the sins of men.
Paul reminds us in his letter to the Ephesians that, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in” (Ephesians 2:8-10). Hallelujah! Christ, our promised Redeemer, has sacrificed, he has risen, and he is reigning and is interceding for us in glory that we may live forever.