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Christians - BEGININGS

This story started in the Garden of Eden. God told the serpent he would bite the heel of Eve's Seed. (Now if you must be bitten by a poisonous snake, the extremity farthest away from the heart is the least dangerous because of the ability to apply a tourniquet and prevent the poison from traveling very far in the blood stream). God also declared that Eve's Seed would crush that serpent's head and so redeem the whole earth. (Gen 3:14& 15). Christians recognize Jesus as that Seed.

The promise of this enemy crusher is a story like a "scarlet thread" which runs through the whole Bible, foretold in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament. We read how the dominion of earth which the serpent/Satan tricked Adam into giving up through disobedience to God would be bought back and given again to man. (Gen 2: 16 & 17, and Gen. 3). The Lord of Hosts or the enemy crusher is revealed in the last book of the Bible, Revelations, when the absolute and final victory is accomplished.

Jesus has many descriptive names and titles. While a more detailed study is beyond the scope of this introduction the different names of the Lord Jesus often describe His character, position, and ministry from the foundation of the earth to eternity. Other names include: Saviour and "Lamb of God" (John 1:36), very simply because He became the sacrifice for every individual in order to pay each person's price for sin. He is also known as the second Adam, simply put, to show the great work of His restoration of the earth back to man. (1 Cor. 15:45-47). Christians believe that Jesus died for their sins, was buried and rose again on the third day by the power of Almighty God. (Romans 10:9 & 10) By faith in this truth and the verbal confession of it Romans 10 verse 13 says that this salvation is available to anyone who chooses it. Jesus is the enemy crusher and Saviour of mankind. The most familiar title, however, is Jesus Christ which means Jesus the Anointed One and His Anointing.