1997-12-06 - Man in His Fallen State
The Comprehensive Study Series, Part 17
Man was created by God with limits to his capacity to fellowship with his Creator. He was placed in the garden eastward in Eden. The Lord came and had blessed fellowship with him. We really do not know how long man remained in this blessed condition - some scholars guess less than a hundred years yet I can not find any evidence to support this as a fact. Although Seth was born when Adam was 130 years of age and Cain and Abel were born before Seth --after being evicted from the garden. God gave only one commandment to man Genesis 2:7 And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
By breaking this one commandment man was banished from the garden and fellowship with his maker was broken. He plunged headlong from a sinless into a state of depravity and rebellion against his maker. This act wrecked and ruined all mankind. This brought in sin, which is the transgression of the law. Was God a ruthless dictator? Would he send those whom he had created, into a never ending hell ? -- Just because one commandment had been broken? Absolutely not! Because of his wisdom and foreknowledge, He knew the consequences that would result. He knew that the day man disobeyed the processes of death would begin working in man's body. Furthermore He knew Satan would take advantage of man and take the rulership of this earth from him and man would be in Satan's grip. Mankind from the day of Adam's disobedience has been in this sinful condition. He is born in sin.
Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me.
In Psalms 14 and 53 through His inspired writers God declared there is not a solitary righteous person. All are guilty before God. A good way to understand what sin is and how it permeates us to the core is to look at this passage
Judges 20:16 Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at a hair-breadth, and not miss.
In this descriptive way the "mark" or "bullseye" that everyone should aim for is the Glory of God and doing His perfect will. Missing this mark is sin. Since no one in thought disposition or act does the will of God completely this demonstrates that that there is no one free of sin. See what God said through the words of the Apostle Paul
Romans 5:12-15 - Therefore, as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed unto all men, for that all sinned: for until the law sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the likeness of Adam's transgression, who is a figure of him that was to come. But not as the trespass, so also is the free gift. For if by the trespass of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God, and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound unto the many.
In this passage we see that Adam's disobedience sin entered the world. This resulted in death. Sin must have been in existence prior to this time. In what sense do we all sin in Adam. In what sense do we all sin? In a way we can not fully understand. We are actually in Adam. In his sinning we also sin although we are not always fully conscious of it. The original and accurate English translation for Genesis 2:7 is " Then formed Jehovah God the man out of dust from the ground and breathed in his nostrils breath of live. The Hebrew word "chaiyim" for life is plural. This strongly confirms that the entire family was included in Adam. In his sinning all mankind sins. Though we may not fully understand how we all sin in Adam the fact remains that death resulting from sin continues today in everyone from the time of Adam forward into our present age. All men were condemned to death by the act of Adam's disobedience.
Romans 5:16-19 And not as through one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment came of one unto condemnation, but the free gift came of many trespasses unto justification. For if, by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one; much more shall they that receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, even Jesus Christ. So then as through one trespass the judgment came unto all men to condemnation; even so through one act of righteousness the free gift came unto all men to justification of life. For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one shall the many be made righteous.
In the same manner by the one act of righteousness of the man Jesus Christ -" the free gift came to all men to justification of life" The beneficial results from Christs Sacrificial death are coextensive with the evil results of Adam's transgression. No man regardless of race -color or nationality will be lost because of Adam's sin. By the one act of righteousness the free gift came unto justification of life. Not all men will be saved. All sin is covered by Christ's atoning sacrifice --but this sacrifice applies only to those who accept it.
John 3:1-8 Now Peter and John were going up into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man that was lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the door of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked to receive an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him, with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but what I have, that give I thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk. And he took him by the right hand, and raised him up: and immediately his feet and his ankle-bones received strength. And leaping up, he stood, and began to walk; and he entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
Next week we will examine just what is meant in the following passage about being born again. We will look at related passages and scripture that clearly explains what great thing God did through His Son Jesus Christ. Keep looking up brethren
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