“Someone Has to Pay.”

The topic on this evening entitled, “Somebody Has to Pay”
In order for us to understand God, and our Bibles better in 2021, we will need to take a trip back to the Garden of Eden, and look at “two” trees!

If you person ate from one of the trees, you would eternally die.
If you ate from the other tree, you would eternally live.

1). Genesis 2:8-9- 8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put
the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

A. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
I). Genesis 2:16-17- 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the
garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou
shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
If a man ate from this tree, he would immediately die “spiritually”, begin to die “physically”,
and eventually die “eternally”. He would eventually experience death and etemal punishment.

When Adam sinned, when he messed up. God “temporarily” chose option // 3.
I). Genesis 3:21- Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and
clothed them.

But there was a big problem with option # 3:
1). Hebrews 10:4-4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take
away sins. When Jesus came into the earth, God switched to option 1, which was His primary plan all along.

Jesus death did not provide “temporary” relief, it created something permanent.
• By Him paying the penalty for sin, because somebody had tv pap. He freed mankind from:
A. (SinI). Colossians 2:13-15 (GNT)- 13 You were at one time spiritually dead because of your
sins and because you were Gentiles without the Law. But God has now brought you to
life with Christ. God forgave us all our sins; 14 he canceled the unfavorable record of
our debts with its binding rules and did away with it completely by nailing it to the
cross. 15 And on that cross Christ freed himself from the power of the spiritual rulers and
authorities;t’J he made a public spectacle of them by leading them as captives in his
victory procession. He forgave all of our sins, by canceling the record that stood against us with its legal demands. Those debts were nailed to the cross, and considered “paid in full”. He removed all the grounds by which satan could accuse us.

B. (Death). Hebrews 2:14-15- 14 Since the children, as he calls them, are people of flesh and blood, Jesus himself became like them and shared their human nature. He did this so that through his death he might destroy the Devil, who has the power over death, 15 and in this way set free those who were slaves all their lives because of their fear of death.

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l). Genesis 3:22; 24-22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to
know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life,
and eat, and live for ever: 24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the
garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way
of the tree of life. If a man ate from this tree, he would never die, but live forever. But, if he ate from this tree, having a sin nature, he would live forever with that nature. When what he in fact would need, was a new nature.
When Adam ate from that tree it meant two things:
I). One of God’s laws had just been broken.
The problem was that if you broke “one” law, you would be considered, to have broken “all”.
God’s standards were “perfection or nothing:
1). James 2:10-11- 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one
point, he is guilty of all. 11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill.
Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
2). Someone would have to pay.
I). Exodus 34:17b- …..and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of
the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the
fourth generation.

God had three possible options:
• 1st. Option- God could pay.
• 2nd. Option- You (man himself) would pay.

d. Option- An innocent animal could pay.

Many people are afraid to die, and afraid to talk about death. But Jesus came along and took away the fear of death and dying. He conquered death! Now there is a whole group Of His followers, who are not afraid to die. In fact, many look forward to leaving this world, to be at home with Him. On that glorious third day, Jesus showed His power over both sin and death by rising from the grave.
I). Acts 2:24 (GNT)- But God raised him from death, setting him free from its power,
because it was impossible that death should hold him prisoner.
2). Acts 2:24 (AMP)- But God raised Him up, releasing Him and bringing an end to the
agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in death’s power.
3). Acts 2:24 (CEV)- But God set him free from death and raised him to life. Death could
not hold him in its power.
4). Revelation 1:17-18-1 7 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right
hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 1 81 am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Jesus “paid the price”, (again somebody had to pay), and defeated satan and his demons. He obtained victory over them. He conquered them.

BIBLICAL POINT: That was the purpose for which He came into the world!!!
I). I John 3:8b-…..For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the
works of the devil.
2). Matthew 12:29- Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his
goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
3). Luke 11:21-22- 21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:
22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armor wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.