The Fall of Man
“The Fall of Man” I love candy bars. In fact, I love Just about every type of candy bar that is made. Butterfingers, Almond Joy, Pay Day, and Twixt are some of the best but obviously the list could go on and on for pages. My favorite all time candy bar without a doubt is the Snickers bar and one-step further it’s the ice cream Snickers bar. Why am I talking about candy bars? If you think about it and even read the wrappers, these candy bars have basically the same ingredients. The wrapper and unique outside may be different but the inside has pretty much the same ingredients, which are coca, milk, peanuts and sugar.
Further thought reveals that man and whole human race has a lot in common with the candy bar. We may all have different packaging and a unique outside, but we all have one common ingredient and that is sin. The apostolic Paul wrote in the book of Romans that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. “l Weather we would like to admit it or not we are all considered sinful creatures and we are all affected by sin in some way or another. Just look at your kids if you don’t believe me. The very thing that you tell them not to do is the very thing that they want to do.
You did not have to teach them to lie, that is something they learned on their own so they would not have to pay the consequence for their actions. Why are we like this? Why do we all have this one ingredient called sin in common with other people on the earth even though we are separated by race and languages? Well in the next few pages I hope to answer a few of these questions and give you ten reader a netter unreasoning AT winy man Is slut In Nils nature. Man was created in the image and likeness of God. We see this example in Genesis 1 when God says, “Then let us make man in our image, according to our likeness… The word that is translated “image” is the same word that would be used for “shade” or “silhouette”. This nears then we as humans bear a very strong resemblance to God but we are not the original. So how are God and man alike? There are at least three ways. The first one is that man is a creature capable of reason; this ability separates man from all of the other creatures that God made. Man is a shadow of God because of the grandness of His capacity of reason. God is omniscient which nears that He knows all. Man is very intelligent and can reason but has limited knowledge.
The second thing is that man has a free will. This nears that man can freely choose what he wants to do and choose between right and wrong. This does not mean that man will accomplish all that he sets out to do but he can choose which path to follow. That last thing that man shares in the likeness of God is that man is self-conscious. This nears that man is self-aware and able to respond to and abide by, “moral” conduct. God has given us the ability to tell right from wrong. 3 Man is a mammal according to science but it would not be proper to call man an animal.
Evolutionist would like to do this and man tends to choose the evolutionist theory cause it relieves him of any accountability to a Creator, to a moral standard or truth. Man’s excuse can easily be that he can’t help it, it’s Just the way that he is and he has no choice in the matter. The Bible maintains a different view, which is that man is the way he is because he fell from the position he was originally created for. When man chose to sin in the Garden of Eden he was then separated from God and no longer had this perfect image of God but rather a new distorted image, a sinful one. This one little event in the Garden of Eden changed the world forever. It changed the way we live, work, eat, and breathe. Everything in this world and in our lives was effected by the sin of Adam and Eve. In Genesis chapter 3 God told the woman that He will greatly increase her pain in childbearing and her husband will rule over her. To the man, He said that the ground will be cursed because of his sin and by painful toil he will eat of it all the days of his life. 5 Ever since this day man and woman have struggled with sin and the effects of it on their everyday lives.
Sin has left a horrible devastation in its wake ever since its introduction to the planet Earth. Let us consider a few effects of its curse. For one, sin has brought death in to the world. Sin has debilitated mankind physically. 6 Paul noted that by nears of sin death entered the world (Romans 5:12), bringing, of course, all of its attendant evils вЂ” disease, weakness, etc. Sin has affected us in many ways psychologically. Isaiah declared that the wicked have no peace (57:21); indeed, the “way of the transgressor is hard. ” Today, being in therapy is all too common.
Man has had no real peace since the fall. Sin has wrought geophysical havoc on the earth. In Romans 8:20, Paul discusses the effect of sin’s curse upon the creation generally. The great flood of Nosh’s day certainly changed the features of the earth resulting in many of the catastrophic conditions (earthquakes, hurricanes, etc. ) that plague us today. Sin has affected humanity culturally. At one time in the past all of the human family spoke the same language, as a result of man’s ambitious rebellion, God confounded humanity language so that various nations no longer understood one another (Genesis 11 1).
I Nils lack AT communication NAS adultness contributed to numerous international conflicts, which have brought much heartache to the peoples of the earth. Last but probably the most important, sin has made of man a spiritual corpse! The “wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This spiritual death has caused man to be separated from God leaving man longing for a restored relationship with the Father. 7 Most people today can recognize that there is something wrong in the world but a majority of the people seem to look at others rather than pointing to themselves. I guess many don’t recognize that they are sinful. What is sin?
We can’t see it in any original form yet we see its effects all around us. The best definition of sin that I have en is defined in Wayne Grudge’s Systematic Theology. He says that we may define sin as the following: Sin is any failure to conform to the moral law of God in act, attitude, or nature. 8 Sin then is defined in relation to God and His moral nature. The Greek word rendered “sin” is hamster, which literally meant to miss the mark or target. Note the use of the term in Judges 20:16 where the record indicates that certain men of the tribe of Benjamin could sling stones at a hair-breadth, and not miss.
To swerve aside from the revealed will of God is to sin. Sin is the very opposite f obedience and righteousness. Sin includes not only individual acts such as stealing or lying or committing murder, but also attitudes that are contrary to the attitudes God requires of us. We can see this even in the Ten Commandments, prohibiting not only sinful actions but also wrong attitudes. Not only are we sinful in our actions and attitudes but our very nature is sinful. The apostolic Paul wrote the “while we were yet sinners Christ died for us”9 or even that previously, “we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 10 So even while sleeping or tinting in a chair doing absolutely nothing, an unbeliever, though not committing sinful actions or attitudes, is still a “sinner” in God’s sight, because we have a sinful nature because of the fall of Adam and Eve that does not conform to God’s moral law. This is why most people can’t recognize that they are sinful. Sure they can see some results of their actions but most people consider themselves “good” people and that God must love and accept them because they are good and not bad. Al How does Dam’s sin affect us? That was a long time ago, how in the world could that be affecting me now?
Scripture teaches that we inherit sin from Adam in two ways. One is inherited guilt, which nears that we are counted guilty because of Dam’s sin. Paul explains this in Romans when he writes, “Therefore sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned. “12 This passage is not talking about everyday sin but rather the idea that all men are sinners because they inherited it through Adam. He goes onto explain that sin reigned in the earth way before the law of Moses, the law made man conscious of sin but sin had been around since Adam and Eve fell.
Sometimes the doctrine of inherited sin is called the doctrine of “original sin”. Many people think this is unfair on God’s part that we would inherit someone else sin but those same people are Just as guilty of sin for some act of sin that they have committed in their lifetime. 13 The other way we inherit sin from Adam is what’s called inherited corruption. This nears that we have a sinful nature because of Dam’s sin. I must state again that anyone who has children can easily understand this. A parent does not need to teach a child to sin or do wrong, it comes very naturally.
This is our sinful nature simply coming out AT us Decease Its tenure. We as unmans are unmade to 00 g Deterred In William W Minimizes book Bible Doctrines, A Pentecostal Perspective, he says, “the entire human race was infected by sin. Ever after. Children brought into this world would be naturally blighted by the inclination to sin. This disease of the human nature upon a child’s reaching the age of moral responsibility, inevitably issues in personal acts of sinning, for which the individual falls under the wrath of God”.
Now I do not want to enter into an argument on the “age of accountability’ because that is tot what this paper is about, I would Just like to point out that we have an inherited corruption that rules our lives from the time that we are born. 14 Man lost a lot when he sinned in the garden. Adam and Eve obviously did not know how much they had nor did they fully appreciate it. The Bible tell us that Man’s state was that of likeness to God, his status was that of relationship to God, and his station was that of ruling over creation. 15 God gave man full authority on earth.
Man had been given knowledge and understanding, Genesis 3:8-10 states: “And they heard the sound of he LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you? ” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself. ” (NECK). This verse shows us that Man had a knowledge and understanding of God in the spiritual realm. This evidence in scripture reveals that there was fellowship and communion between God and Man.
Adam recognized God’s voice because of this relationship. We don’t know how long man and God walked together in the garden before the fall but we do know that it was long enough to develop a relationship with Creator. Man was also given knowledge and understanding in the natural realm. Man had an intellectual capacity which far surpassed the condition he found himself in after the fall. Genesis 2:20 says, “So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the Title But Tort Adam tenure was not Tuna a kneeler comparable to ml. ” N This verse shows that God had need of a helper.
He gave Adam the main responsibility of he naming of all the creatures, this is called taxonomy in modern terms. The Bible tells us that all the animals were brought before Adam and he named them. This is an incredible intellectual accomplishment. I can’t even remember my dogs name sometimes. We also see in the Bible that man was positioned to enjoy and maximize every potential. God placed man in the middle of paradise and told him to take authority. There was no sickness, no death, nothing to hinder what man could become or do. God told man to be fruitful and multiply and to fill the earth and subdue it.
We can only imagine hat unfasten man could have achieved as he began to learn to master his environment. With all that man had, he was accountable to moral law. Genesis 2:16 says: “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. ” (NECK). Man was still a finite being, even though he was so brilliant, he still had the capacity to lose his way. These limits that God placed provided a method of accountability to God and what I believe was the retreats gift to man, free will.
God never intended for man to be a robot and do exactly what He wanted him to do that would not be true love. God gave man this incredible ability to choose between right and wrong. Because man chose to eat of the forbidden fruit, he lost everything that God gave him. He lost his authority in the earth, he lost his perfect relationship with his wife Eve, he lost a perfect paradise where there was neither sin nor sickness and most important he lost his fellowship and relationship with his Creator, the God of the universe. 6 1 have talked with a lot f Christians who are afraid that if they sin they will lose their salvation and if they die without immediately repenting they will go directly to hell. To answer this is simple but it does need some explanation. When a Christian sins, his or her legal staling Deterred Is unchanged I Nat person Is still Turnover Decease ten D says, “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. “17 Christ died for our sins, past, present and future. There is always a consequence for our sin.
When we sin our personal relationship with God is affected and our Christian fife and fruitfulness in our ministry can be affected or damaged. Christians are called to bear fruit and produce in this life. Sin affects our relation with God. Jesus warns us by saying, “as a branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. “18 When one completely surrenders to sin that is a dangerous path to be on because that person may Just decide on their own that they do not have any need of God and they may stray off of His path forever.
Going to hell is a choice that man makes, walking away from God is a choice that we make Just as Adam and Eve exercised their freedom in the garden. Hell is the ultimate sign of man’s free will. It is God’s will that no man go to hell, which is why He sent his Son to save us from our sin. As Christians, Jesus Christ is our lawyer who speaks for us. 1 John 2:1 says: “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one”. NECK) If you have ever been arrested and assigned a lawyer than you know that you shouldn’t speak, especially if you are guilty. A lawyer is assigned to you ND they speak on your behalf. As Christians we do not need to stand before God and come up with excuses and reasons of why we sinned. The blood of Jesus Christ speaks for us and says that the sin has already been paid for, that is why there is no condemnation for those who belong to Jesus. This is not an excuse to sin and no, we should not keep sinning because of this but if we do sin we can have assurance of our faith that we are forgiven.
It seems so easy, we have a lawyer, we don’t need to speak, if we sin than we are forgiven. That seems like a pretty good deal. Actually it is tot, the truth is, is that man is incapable of saving himself. In his book Grounds for Living, Pastor Jack Haverford writes: “Man, through his Fall, is totally and completely incapable of self-recovery or redemption. There is nothing he can do to reinstate himself to his original relationship with God and the realization of his destiny under God. Man is helpless to regain his position”. 19 A few examples of this are found in the Bible using the following terms, dead, lost, sinful and hopeless.
Dead is used to describe man’s spiritual condition. “And you He made alive who were dead in reassess and sin. “20 A dead man cannot do anything for himself. Physically he may be alive but spiritually he is dead and man cannot do anything to save himself from that situation. He has been disconnected from the source of life. Lost is the word used to describe man’s moral condition. “all we like sheep have gone astray; we have returned, every one, to his own way’ (Isaiah 53:6). In Luke chapter 15, Jesus describes man’s condition as lost comparing it to that of a “lost sheep” that was wandered off. Man is incapable of finding his own way morally.
He is always wandering off and eating into trouble. Even those people who seem to have it all together are lost without Jesus. Sinful is used to describe man’s natural condition. As we have seen in this paper, man’s nature tends toward sin. By personal choice, man chooses to be sinful. Finally, hopelessness is the word used to describe man’s eternal condition. “. Having no hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). This is the saddest realization of man’s condition without God. He is literally hopeless outside of Christ. He NAS no addle TTY to save enamels Ana odometer man Is condemned to a lost eternity
It is scary to think about these words that describe our condition without God and a shocking reality to see the truth about sin. Now you can see why and how we have this one ingredient called sin in common with all of mankind. The sin of Adam is not our fault but I think it was bound to happen sooner or later as man exercised his freewill. Even if we want to blame Adam or others we cannot deny the existence of the sinful nature that is within all of us. We are all sinful from the time that we are born and as kids we even choose to exercise our free will with our parent’s.
No one is Ron automatically thinking about others, we actually think that the world revolves around us from the time we are born until the time we realize that we are sinful. The words used to describe man’s condition may be dead, lost, sinful and hopeless but that is why God sent his one and only son to rescue us from this lost and helpless condition. Apart from God we can do nothing. As individuals we need to take the step of faith and recognize the sin in our lives and admit that we can do nothing to save ourselves from our due punishment. God is loving, graceful and merciful and He wants to save us from our sin.