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*The Gospel According to Genesis*
/Preached by Pastor Phil Layton at Gold Country Baptist Church on December 9, 2007/
Luke 24:13-27 (NASB95) \\ 13 And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem.
\\ 14 And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place.
\\ 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them.
\\ 16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him.
\\ 17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?”
And they stood still, looking sad.
\\ 18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?”
\\ 19 And He said to them, “What things?”
And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, \\ 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him.
\\ 21 “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel.
Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened.
\\ 22 “But also some women among us amazed us.
When they were at the tomb early in the morning, \\ 23 and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive.
\\ 24 “Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.”
\\ 25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to *believe in all that the prophets have spoken*!
\\ 26 “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” \\ 27 Then beginning *with Moses* and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things *concerning Himself* in all the Scriptures.
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When Jesus explained the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures, He began with the writings of Moses, with the beginning of the Bible, the first five books.
He started with Genesis and went through all the O.T. prophets, showing how all the scriptures pointed to Him, He’s the theme of the book, and there are things “concerning Himself in all the Scriptures” and in “all the prophets.”
We have seen some of the shadows and pictures of Christ in Genesis already, and I’m sure that Jesus on that road talked about Genesis 3, which we studied in recent weeks:
-         The promised seed of the woman who must suffer a blow by Satan but He would crush the head of Satan fatally
-         The Lord’s work in that chapter extending grace and even the Lord Himself doing the work of a priest, killing perfect innocent animals instead of Adam and Eve to provide for them sufficient garments of animal skins for a proper covering – a picture of sacrifice, substitution, and salvation
Perhaps Christ discussed Psalm 2 and 16 and 22 and 110, and Isaiah 53, 7:14, 9:6, and all the classic prophecies you know and many of which we sing about during the Christmas season.
But he began where Moses began, and this morning I want us to study together The Gospel According to Genesis.
Long before the first gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were written, the foundations and fundamental truths of the New Testament gospel were already laid down in the first book of the Old Testament.
I want to look at 3 key words this morning of how the book of Genesis lays out this groundwork for the gospel.
These 3 key words are 3 essential aspects of the gospel in its most basic form, 3 basic categories that should be a part of any faithful gospel presentation.
I.                    SIN – What sin is and does to us
GRACE – What grace is and what God does
FAITH – What biblical faith is and what we must do
To summarize salvation in one phrase, it is from sin by grace through faith in Christ (“Christ” as a /title /is not in Genesis, but He’s there by /type/).
If you can remember these 3 words, this will help you next time you are trying to explain the gospel to someone – think back and ask yourself if you have adequately explained each of these.
If not, you want to go back and spend time making these essential points more clear.
If any of these 3 categories are short-changed or overlooked, the gospel message will be lopsided.
As I glanced through some of the N.T. gospel presentations, there are many different ways it was presented but there were still some common denominators – the audience had to understand sin and their need for grace through faith in Christ.
After Genesis 3, the chapter describing how sin entered the world, the rest of the book is really the results of sin.
Chapters 4-50 show us again and again the inescapable results of sin even in the best of men and women.
We’re going to look at a big picture overview today of these chapters.
Originally perfect man was now thoroughly tainted by sin, like an original pure and clean glass of mountain spring water receiving a drop of ink or dye that is instantly and thoroughly permeated and colored in every part now, that is what happened to mankind once the fall into sin took place.
Let’s look at some of the results of sin in the pages after Gen. 3:
/Result # 1 – Domination/
Genesis 4:2-7 (NASB95) \\ And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
\\ 3 So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground.
\\ 4 Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions.
And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; \\ 5 but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard.
So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.
\\ 6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry?
And why has your countenance fallen?
\\ 7 “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up?
And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it \\ \\
Sin is like a crouching animal seeking to rule over us, its desire is to dominate and control us and it will unless we can master it, unless we can control the desires and take those thoughts captive
/Result # 2 - Death/
Genesis 4:8 (NASB95) \\ 8 Cain told Abel his brother.
And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
\\ We already knew from Genesis 2 that sin would bring death.
This is the first human death, the first murder.
The first child kills the second.
If you scan through chapter 5, you’ll notice a repeated line at the end of each section (v. 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 27, 31) “and he died”
/Result # 3 – Degradation/
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Genesis 4:23-25 (NASB95) \\ 23 Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, Listen to my voice, You wives of Lamech, Give heed to my speech, For I have killed a man for wounding me; And a boy for striking me; \\ 24 If Cain is avenged sevenfold, Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.”
\\ 25 Adam had relations with his wife again; and she gave birth to a son, and named him Seth, for, she said, “God has appointed me another offspring in place of Abel, for Cain killed him.”
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Lamech sounds like a modern MTV video.
Kent Hughes calls Lamech’s speech the first gangster rap.
Look at his arrogance and attention drawing all to himself in v. 23.
Look at how he brags of the revenge he carries out for lesser offenses against him.
Look at the degrading way he speaks to his women.
We’re only one chapter after the fall into sin and we already see the same type of degradation that is all over our modern MTV culture.
There’s nothing new under the sun.
Look at the degradation and deviation already here from God’s plan for marriage of one man and woman.
Lamech has multiple women, two wives, he’s the first polygamist (see v. 19).
The story of Genesis as a whole shows further degrading departures from God’s holy design for the family and for man and woman (polygamy, adultery, fornication, incest, homosexuality, rape, seduction, etc. – all of these unfold in the chapters ahead)
/Result # 4 - Depravity/
Genesis 4:26 (NASB95) \\ 26 To Seth, to him also a son was born; and he called his name Enosh.
Then men began to call upon the name of the Lord.
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The word “enosh” is a word used in other contexts for mortal man, insignificant man, and many think it’s related to the Hebrew root for frailty, weakness, even related to the statement about the heart of man being desperately wicked, incurably sick (Jer.
There seems to be a connection between his name and man realizing their depraved condition, and desperately calling on the Lord.
The /MacArthur Study Bible /summarizes: ‘As men realized their inherent sinfulness with no human means to appease God’s righteous indignation and wrath over their multiplied iniquities, they turned to God for mercy and grace in hopes of a restored personal relationship.’
Until you understand how thoroughly sinful you are, how incurably sin-sick and depraved and desperately wicked your heart is, you will not understand what grace is or your need for grace.
That’s why the gospel starts first with sin (cf.
Romans, Ephesians, etc.)
Genesis 6:5 (NASB95) \\ 5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
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You don’t have to go very far in the Bible to find the doctrine of total depravity.
In fact one theologian has said it’s the easiest biblical doctrine to prove, because the evidence is everywhere.
Total depravity does not mean we are all as bad as possible or as bad as the worst sinners on the planet, but we are all thoroughly permeated with sin in our entire being.
Even our best days are tainted by sin, even our best thoughts and best deeds are as filthy rags before God’s sight.
We can do things that seem good on a human level but we are unable and unwilling to do anything that pleases God on God’s terms.
We are free to choose which sins we engage in but Romans 3 says no one seeks God or does good, all choose to go astray – that is a real choice man makes, but it is the wrong choice and without God’s sovereign intervention all would continue going their own way doing what’s right in our own eyes.
Free and willful rebellion against God is played out in Genesis but we learn in Scripture that one thing we are not free or able to do is to change our nature and our heart by mere willpower, only God can do that.
It’s not by our might or power, but by the Spirit of God
Sinners might think they are free and that Christianity brings bondage or cramps their style, but the Bible says sinners are already in bondage, slaves to sin, and we are not born free we need the truth to set us free.
Jesus taught this clearly in John 8 and said if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
We are only truly free after Jesus Christ liberates us.
Sin impacts not just our actions and our nature but our very will is corrupted and in the words of verse 5, “every intent of the thoughts of the heart was only evil continually”
We aren’t sinners because we sin, we sin because we’re sinners at heart.
The fact that we resist this doctrine and don’t like to think we’re as sinful as the Bible says is just further evidence of our sin.
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