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The Fall of Man

    Text:  Genesis chapter 3

      

What are the consequences of the fall?

        The fallout of original sin has infected and affected us all.  We still live today thousands of generations from the beginning, but are just as diseased, just as cursed as Adam and Eve.  Let’s look at Genesis 3 and see what happened.

 

The Temptation:   
            Planting seeds of doubt by twisting the words of God

            Offering false promises that appeal to our fleshly desires

 

The Sin:               
            Disobedience: They ate that which God had forbidden

            A failure to trust God

 

The Result:    
            Their eyes were opened (saw things differently)

            They recognized their nudity (exposed)

            They hid from the presence of the Lord (guilt)

 

The Response:     
             God took the initiative to seek them out

 

The Confrontation:       
             We were afraid because we were naked (exposed)

             God asked, Who told you that you were naked?

 

The Blame game:   
            Adam blamed God and Eve

            Eve blamed the serpent

 

The Curse:        

           The Serpent:
               He was cursed more than other animals

               Legs removed? On his belly eating dust henceforth

               Hostility with humanity (especially women?)                                                               Hostility with the seed of woman (Christ) 
               He will bruise your head

               You will bruise his heel

 

           The Woman:

               Multiplied pain in childbirth

               Pain in the raising of children (trampling of your heart)

               Your desire will be to possess / control your husband

               But he will rule over you (subjugation)
 

           To Adam:

               Cursed is the ground BECAUSE OF YOU / creation

                      corrupted

               The need to toil for sustenance

               Hostile environment (thorns and thistles)

               Must labor to live

               Death – return to the ground

 

The state of fallen humanity:  HUMANITY BECAME A FLAWED
              YET MORALLY RESPONSIBLE SPECIES.                                 

                             

  1. Enmity between humanity and Satan – A spiritual war

    1. 1 Peter 5:8 -- Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

    2.  Zechariah 3:1 Satan is an accuser

    3.  Matthew 4 – Satan is a tempter

    4.  Mark 4 – Satan is a thief stealing away the seed of the  gospel

    5.  Luke 13:16 – Satan is an oppressor of mankind  through illness

    6.  2 Corinthians 12:7 – Satan is a bringer of torment

    7.  1 Thessalonians 2:13 – Satan is a hinderance to ministry

    8.  2 Thessalonians 2:9 – Satan is a liar and deceiver

    9.  Revelation 12:9 – The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

    10.  Ephesians 6:12 --For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

2.  Suffering and hardship

        By toil you will eat (no longer does God provide your     
               subsistence without labor)

        Humanity opposed by creation itself – thorns and thistles

        Creation corrupted (Cursed is the ground because of you)

                  Romans 8:20-23 -- For the creation was subjected to
                     frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of
                     the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation
                     itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and
                     brought into the freedom and glory of the children
                     of God. We know that the whole creation has been
                     groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the
                     present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who
                     have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as
                     we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the
                     redemption of our bodies.                                                 

 

3.  Death –      Till you return to the ground

       Deut. 24:16     Parents are not to be put to death for their
             children, nor children put to death for their parents;
             each will die for their own sin.
      Prov. 10:16 -- The wages of the righteous is life, but the
             earnings of the wicked are sin and death.

      Romans 6:23 -- For the wages of sin is death

     James 1:14-15 -- each person is tempted when they are
             dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then,
             after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin,
             when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

      Romans 5:12 -- Therefore, just as sin entered the world
             through one man, and death through sin, and in this way,
             death came to all people, because all sinned.

 

The Grace of God:    
        A garment of skins / A covering for sins

        The state made temporary – dismissed from the garden

        Removed from partaking of the tree of life (and living in                        perpetual sin)

 

               Romans 5:17 "For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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