The World Created, Fallen, Redeemed, and Restored
The Gospel Plan of God
Illustrated by Fred Apps
The Bible is breathtaking in its breadth and depth, and yet there is an amazing simplicity to its overarching and hope-giving message, which can be explored within four basic themes: creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. From beginning to end—from Genesis to Revelation—these themes highlight the glorious work of God!
The World Created, Fallen, Redeemed, and Restored has been written so that children might know and embrace these life-transforming truths of the Gospel. Through the use of key Scriptures and child-friendly, compelling narrative, children will encounter the greatest realities in all the universe—and in their own lives.
Recommended Reading Level:
- Read on my Own: ages 8-10
- Read to Me: ages 4-7
Children instinctively know that there is something wrong with the world
Things are not as they should be—there is fear, sadness, hatred, sickness, pain, and death. Why are things this way? What’s wrong with the world? There is only one thing that makes sense of it all—God’s truth as revealed in His Word.
“…but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” — John 20:31
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be morning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” — Revelation 21:4
The Four Themes
Creation: God created all things, and it was good. God created man to love, honor, obey, and give thanks to Him—and to show that He is most special of all by enjoying Him (Psalm 33:8-9).
Fall: Adam and Eve foolishly turned away from God and disobeyed God, bringing sin, death, and all kinds of evil into God’s good world. Through Adam, sin spread to all men, causing a separation between God and man (Romans 1:21; Romans 3:23).
Redemption: God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to receive the punishment sinners deserve. Jesus rose from the dead and is now in heaven. Through trusting in Jesus, sinners can be forgiven of sin and receive His perfect righteousness and the promise of eternal life. (1 Peter 2:24).
Restoration: Jesus will return as the victorious King of kings to put an end to sin forever and make all things new. Jesus will also judge every person. Those who have not trusted in Him will be condemned forever. But those who have trusted in Him will live joyfully forever with God (John 14:2-3).