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In the beginning, God created mankind "in His own image" with wonderful bodies and minds; He also created everything else on earth for man's benefit (Genesis 1:26-30 Genesis 1:26-30 [26] And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. [27] So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. [28] And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth. [29] And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. [30] And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creeps on the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
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Then He gave the most precious thing He had: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16 John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
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And Christ was willing to sacrifice His life. "By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us" (1 John 3:16 1 John 3:16Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
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Because of Christ's sacrifice, we can receive God's amazing grace, which includes the forgiveness of all our sins. "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace" (Ephesians 1:7 Ephesians 1:7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
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And what gift does God give then? It is His "gift of the Holy Spirit," which one receives immediately after baptism when his or her sins are forgiven (Acts 2:38 Acts 2:38Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
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Just think: God is offering to implant His very own nature and power within you! What an astonishing offer! And then that gift results in the wonderful "fruit of the Spirit" and "gifts" of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23 Galatians 5:22-23 [22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
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; 1 Corinthians 12:4 1 Corinthians 12:4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
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And finally, it is God's Spirit dwelling in you that makes possible the ultimate gift—"the gift of God is eternal life" (Romans 6:23 Romans 6:23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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), sharing God's nature and divine glory in His Kingdom forever (2 Thessalonians 2:14 2 Thessalonians 2:14Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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; 2 Timothy 2:10 2 Timothy 2:10Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
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; Hebrews 2:10 Hebrews 2:10For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
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; 1 Peter 1:4 1 Peter 1:4To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you,
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; 5:10).

Our response to God's grace and generosity should be overflowing gratitude and heartfelt submission to His will!

God's master plan for mankind and how you can become a part of it are explained in our free booklets What Is Your Destiny? and Transforming Your Life: The Process of Conversion.

Please reflect on the story of the Ethiopian official in Acts 8:26-39 Acts 8:26-39 [26] And the angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south to the way that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, which is desert. [27] And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, [28] Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. [29] Then the Spirit said to Philip, Go near, and join yourself to this chariot. [30] And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understand you what you read? [31] And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. [32] The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: [33] In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. [34] And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray you, of whom speaks the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? [35] Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached to him Jesus. [36] And as they went on their way, they came to a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what does hinder me to be baptized? [37] And Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. [38] And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. [39] And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
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and his eager desire for baptism and the gift of God's Spirit. He earnestly asked, "What hinders me from being baptized?" (verse 36).

What hinders you?