the sweet gospel study week 3 // man, sin, and the fall

Welcome to week three of our Bible study! Last week we talked about God, and this week we're talking about man and his relation to the God of the universe. :)

As usual, you can watch this week's video or read below for a similar summary. Here is the video link if you're in a reader and cannot see the video I'm sharing below.

the origin of man

God, in His infinite wisdom, made man in His own image after creating the earth. We read about this in the Bible, in the first book of the Bible, Genesis. In chapters 2 and 3, we find out that God created man on the sixth day in what He calls "our" image. 

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26-27) 

This "our" refers to the God the Father, Christ the Son, and His Holy Spirit. We call this the trinity, which we find out more about later in the New Testament. We will talk more about Jesus and the Holy Spirit in depth during this study, but for now, this "our" means that God is three persons in one, unified in power.

man's disobedience and separation from God

Adam and Eve were created without sin, and they walked in fellowship with God in the place He created for them, the Garden of Eden. God only gave them a command to follow: you can eat from all the trees I have given you, but do not eat of this tree:

The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 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.” (Genesis 2:15-17)

Satan came to tempt Eve in the form of a serpent, and told her lies about God and His good nature. The serpent said that God was withholding the ability to become like Him, a lie about Him and His nature:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:1-5)

Eve fell for the trick. Although Adam was not deceived (1 Timothy 2:13-14), he took of the fruit and ate of it (Genesis 3:6-7), reaping eternal consequences for himself and all of humanity: curses, death, and separation from the presence of God with whom they walked in the Garden. (Genesis 3:14-19).

sin spreads to you (and me)

When he disobeyed God, Adam brought the curse of death and sin to all mankind. Through Adam, the nature of sin is passed from generation to generation.

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— (Romans 5:2)

what is sin today?

Sin is disobeying God's rules. God has set forth a law for man to follow. The Ten Commandments are an example of the law God has given us (do not steal, do not lie, do not murder, do not covet, etc.). Much of that is written on our hearts already, isn't it? But the Bible also says that sin is in our flesh in things like fits of anger, jealousy, divisions, enmity, and more in Galatians 5. And Paul tells us that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

We are all guilty of serious, wicked sin in the sight of God, and because of this sin we are separated from a holy and perfect God.

Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. (Isaiah 59:1-2) 

how can we change?

Even in the most perfect circumstances, when man is left to himself, he will sin. We all choose to do our own thing, apart from God, and this is true wickedness. And it is in every single one of us (Romans 3:23). And we can't change ourselves. Sin is natural to us. It is in our very nature, because it was passed to us from our first father, Adam.

the only one without sin

No human has ever lived without sin except for Jesus, who was conceived in a virgin from the Holy Spirit (not from the seed of man!). (Matthew 1:20). And this is the best news, because Jesus was able to resist the temptation to sin, unlike Adam! His perfect sinlessness allowed Him to be the perfect sacrifice for our sin!!

For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17)

We will talk more about Jesus specifically next week, but know that He, who never committed sin, took the punishment and wrath of God for your sin so that you could be righteous and clean before God!! (2 Cor. 5:21)

This is the very heart of the Gospel!! Jesus died and rose again and took your punishment on the cross so that you could be restored to God!!

Oh, how I long for you to be restored to God and washed clean of your sin through faith in Christ!

this week's assignment

Over the next week, read Week 3: Man, Sin, and the Fall and complete the homework on pages 35-38. Be sure to be honest with your thoughts, and always ask the Lord to help you understand more about Him as you read the Scriptures this week! :)

If the Lord wills, next week, Wednesday, December 13, I'll introduce Week 4 both on Facebook (Live!) and here on the blog.

Thank you for going on this journey with me!! I would love to hear any thoughts or questions you might have about this week.

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