The Doctrine of Man – Part 4

04 Feb

IV. The Fall of Man

A. Adam Sinned

Adam, created as a free moral agent, with the power to make his own choices, broke God’s command when he followed his wife in disobedience to God and thus he sinned.

Genesis 3:1-7 “1   Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2   And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3   But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4   And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5   For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6   And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7   And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”

Eve was deceived (beguiled) by the devil, Adam was not. He sinned willingly. 1 Timothy 2:14 says, “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”

B. The Curse of Man

Genesis 3:8-19 “8   And they heard the voice of the 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 amongst the trees of the garden.
9   And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
10   And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
11   And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
12   And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
13   And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
14   And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15   And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
16   Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17   And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18   Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19   In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

Adam blamed his wife and God, Gen. 3:12. Eve blamed the devil, 3:13. God blamed them both, 3:14.

It is generally said that Adam caused the downfall of man – Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” because he sinned willingly, and he was not deceived like Eve was. Sin by deception, however, is still sin! The Jews had to offer sacrifices for sins of “ignorance.” (See Leviticus 4:2 as an example.)

Because of Adam’s and Eve’s sin, the curse for the sin include:

1. Sorrow – Genesis 3:16, 19

2. Woman’s subjection to man – Genesis 3:16

3. Ground was cursed – Genesis 3:17-18, Romans 8:22 “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”

4. Labor by the sweat of their brows – Genesis 3:19

5. Death – Genesis 3:19

a. A physical death would come

b. A spiritual dying began

c. An eternal death would follow

(Genesis 3:19; Romans 5:12; 3:23; Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 20:12-15; 21:8; Jude 12)

6. Imputation of sin to Adam’s descendants – Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

C. Today man is a:

1. Sinner by nature – Ecclesiastes 7:20; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8, 10; Psalm 51:5

2. Sinner by choice – James 1:13-16; Isaiah 53:6

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