We Believe Man Sinned
In week one we looked at the fact that we believe that God exists and is able to communicate and in fact is communicating with man since his creation
In week 2 we looked at the fact that we believe that God created man in his image male and female and commissioned them to rule over Kingdom earth
This week we will discuss the consequences of man’s disobedience
Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
The intention of God was that man would be in His image - having the capacity to choose freely their path
Love demands a choice!
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
Here we have man, now thinking that he can make decisions for himself in regards to good and evil attempting to cover his mistake by the work of his hands.
Built into each of us is a conscience, when pricked by our wrong doing it trigger a need to deal with the issue
In their case they could have gone directly to God and confessed their mistake but instead they try to hide it by covering by the work of their hands by covering their nakedness “They man fig leaves TOGETHER”
Some like to pass the buck to eve but its clear they did it together!
And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Today we have the same problem!
Man knows he is wrong but continues to try and hide the reality of that fact by making new laws and systems of governance which attempt to moralize his and her immoral behavior
This is what is sometimes referred to as “original sin”
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
That leads us to
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
Even creation itself was effected by man’s decision
For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
Romans clearly states that one man sinned resulting in death for all to one man died resulting in life for all!
And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.
So here is where the controversy begins: What cleanses people from their sin?
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.
And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
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.
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Matt 3:6 “they came confessing their sin
Acts 2:41 “those who gladly received His words”
Acts 8:12 “When they believed”
Acts 8:13 “Simon himself believed”
It is clear from these Scriptures that Baptism is an act of obedience not a requirement of salvation and should be undertaken when one makes a commitment to the Gospel
So next week we eill talk about the redemption of through the death of Jesus Christ
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!