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The Doctrine of Salvation – Part 2

While on the cross, Jesus shed His blood to:

1. Satisfy the wrath and judgment of God against us for our sins – Romans 3:25 “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” 1 John 2:2 “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” Romans 5:9 “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

2. Cleanse us from all of our sins, past, present, and future – Ephesians 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” 1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” Acts 13:38 “Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:” Colossians 1:14 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” 2 Corinthians 1:10 “Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;”

3. Justify us before God – Romans 3:24-25 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”

4. Make atonement for our souls – Romans 5:11 “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” Leviticus 17:11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”

5. Purge our conscience from dead works – Hebrews 9:14 “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Many people have their consciences dangerously salved by dead works. These works are called “dead” because they cannot give life. Many think the more they do, the better chance they will have to earn eternal life. This is a deception.

The problem with our efforts is the way God sees them. Isaiah the prophet said, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6) David said, “Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.” (Psalms 39:5)

Paul said in Romans 3:10-20: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

Dead works could include: Baptism, Communion, Sacraments, mission work, charity, giving money or time, learning a catechism, saying prayers, attending church, being in a ministry, reading the Bible, lent, fasting, etc. If these dead works could save us, why did Jesus have to die on the Cross? Why did His blood have to be shed? The blood of Jesus Christ purges our consciences from dead works. It makes us realize how silly it is to trust in ourselves, and what we can do, rather than trusting in Christ and what He has done.

Illustration: If you committed 10,000 crimes, and you had to stand before a judge, would you tell him how good you are? So, if a person sins just 3 times a day (over 1000 times a year), and is 40 years old, that is over 40,000 sins (crimes against God’s law) – 1 John 3:4 “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”

No amount of “good” works can erase one sin. That is why what we call “good” works, God calls “dead” works and He expects us to repent of them. Hebrews 6:1 “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,” The foundation is the first thing built. The first thing to having a relationship with God, is to repent of the dead works you are trusting in.

This Salvation is entirely and wholly a work of God’s grace–without any works of man. Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” God’s grace (undeserved and unmerited favor) draws us to Himself (John 6:44), gives us repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10), and faith to believe (Romans 10:8-17).

The agent by which this is done is the person of the Holy Ghost – John 16:7-11 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.”

No works, however good, can make Salvation more secure. Consider this truth in the following verses:

Romans 4:2-5 “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

Romans 4:16 “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,”

2 Timothy 1:9-10 “Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:”

Romans 11:6 “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”

Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

It is a free gift, not a reward! Romans 5:15 “But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.”

Romans 5:16, 18 “And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification…Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2014 in God's Love, God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Salvation – Part 1

The Doctrine of Salvation is the last in this doctrinal study. Let me make a statement of faith by this study–I believe that Repentance towards God, and Faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work on Calvary, is the only ground for salvation from sin – “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20:21) I pray that this study will accomplish God’s perfect will wherever He sends it.

Introduction:

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that hear him;” (Hebrews 2:3)

Salvation is great! It is the most wonderful gift a person can ever receive from God. This doctrine is a study of that great salvation.

The believer is to put on the “helmet of salvation” as part of his armor against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:17). The helmet protects the head (mind) from doubts. Very few believers ever amount to anything until they understand so great salvation and the security that we have in it.

Salvation means “to deliver and salvage.” Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; (2 Corinthians 1:10).

The “finished work” means that Jesus Christ bore our sins in His body on the tree – 1 Peter 2:24 “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” Jesus died for our sins, paying the penalty – Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” He was buried and rose again, physically, from the grave 3 days and 3 nights later – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

Jesus said, “It is finished” before dying on the cross (John 19:30). He was the final physical sacrifice that was ever needed to satisfy the wrath and anger of a Holy God against sinners. Jesus satisfied the just demands of a Holy God that sin be paid for by the death and the blood of a perfect sacrifice. God is satisfied forever – thus Jesus is the Author and the Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).

Never again does a sacrifice for sin need to be given, for God considers the believer in Jesus Christ to be “perfected forever” by the work of Christ, on Calvary’s cross, once for all. Hebrews 10:10-14 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2014 in God's Love, God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Man – Part 9

VII. The Human Conscience

The Good Samaritan

The human conscience is simply defined as “what the mind allows or disallows.”

The problem with that is obvious. The mind then becomes our god if we let our conscience be our guide. It is a doctrine of the devil to “let your conscience be your guide.” The Lord God Almighty and His written Word are to be our guide. Our conscience can be an aid or an enemy to obedience. Our conscience may allow what God does not allow, or it may disallow what God expects of us.

For example: Our conscience may not bother us if we walk around with half or most of our skin uncovered during the hot summertime. Our mind allows it. But God’s Word says, Leviticus 18:6-7 “None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD. The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.” …and so on. In the New Testament we are instructed in 1 Timothy 2: 9 “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;” It was said of the nation of Israel once in 2 Chronicles 28:19 “For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD.” Peter was convicted in his spirit and got right by the presence of Christ one day in John 21:7 “Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.” The Demoniac, when delivered from the devils that were in him by the power of God, was described as “sitting, and clothed and in his right mind,” (Mark 5:15). When our mind allows some things that God condemns, then there is something wrong with our conscience. Conscience should never replace Christ on the throne of our hearts.

The opposite is also true: Our conscience may disallow what God expects of us. God expects us to be soul-winners, prayer warriors, tithers, Church servers, charity givers, “assembling of ourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25), etc. A person may say, “I have no conviction about that, I have no burden about that.” Because their conscience is not pricked about their sin of omission, their conscience has taken the place of Christ as their shepherd.

Now the word “conscience” is only found in the New Testament. It is translated from only one Greek word: suneidesis. It is the moral consciousness, or lack thereof, of a man. It is what that particular person’s mind allows or disallows. As God begins to control a person’s mind, the conscience obviously will change and become an ally to our Christian walk rather than an enemy. This is the way God changes us. Romans 12:2 says “And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed (Greek metamorphosis) BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” We need to have a “conscience toward God.” (1 Peter 2:19)

A. The Bible identifies 10 types of consciences in this world:

1. A convicted conscience – John 8:9 (These men were pricked in their conscience for judging another when they, themselves, were guilty.)

2. A good conscience that bears witness/testimony – Romans 2:15, 9:1; 2 Corinthians 1:12

3. A conscience void of offence – Acts 24:16 (A good testimony before God and man.)

4. A weak conscience – 1 Corinthians 8:10-12 (This is the person who is young in the Lord and gets offended easily by the actions of others, or is emboldened by the wrong actions of believers they are watching and end up doing worse things.)

5. A defiled conscience – 1 Corinthians 8:7; Titus 1:15 (The person with a weak conscience eventually defiles their conscience, letting the actions of other believers and the world dictate their convictions, rather than the word of God guiding them.)

6. A good conscience – 1 Timothy 1:5, 9; Hebrews 13:18; 1 Peter 3:16, 21 (This is the conscience most mentioned, and our aim. To live in a way so that no one can honestly accuse us of wrong, and God sees our actions as right.)

7. A pure conscience – 1 Timothy 3:9 (There is no substitute for purity in all our being.)

8. A seared conscience – 1 Timothy 4:2 (How sad it is when a person gets past feeling in certain areas of their life. This happens to the lost and the saved. Some saved people cannot seem to be changed by preaching, singing, example, God’s discipline, or anything. Their conscience has been seared. Let us pray for the healing of our conscience until we come to the place where everything that troubles God also troubles us.)

9. A purged conscience – Hebrews 9:14 (Thank God that our conscience can be purged from thinking that our dead works please God, to truly serving God in the Holy Spirit.)

10. An evil conscience – Hebrews 10:22 (A conscience that allows us to think or do bad things.)

B. Our conscience need to serve:

1. God first – Acts 23:1, “And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” 1 Peter 2:19, “For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.” 1 Peter 3:21b, “…the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:” We must care that our words and deeds are right toward God.

2. Others second

a. Being subject to government – Romans 13:5 “Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.”

b. Being subject to the scrutiny of the lost – Acts 24:16 “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men.”

c. Being subject to the scrutiny of the saved – 2 Corinthians 5:11, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.” 1 Corinthians 8:7-13, “Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.”

3. Ourselves last – Romans 9:1 “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,” Our conscience, when right, works with the Holy Ghost as a partner to make us be what He wants us to be, and to do what He wants us to do.

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2014 in God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Man – Part 5

V. The Being of Man – Part 1

Man was created as a Trichotomy (a dividing into three parts), or perhaps more correctly, a Triumvirate (association of three persons). As seen in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

As seen in the death of Christ:

He was a body – Luke 23:52-53, “This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.”

He was a spirit – Luke 23:46, “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.”

He was a soul – Acts 2:27, 31, “Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption…He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.”

 

A. Man is a Body

This is the most obvious part of our being. Man is made up of flesh, bones, muscles, organs, hair, eyes, feet, mouth, arms, legs, hands, fingers, etc. He is a walking miracle, so complex that only a Supreme Being of superior intelligence could have thought of or created such a body.

The body is sacred to God. It is called the “Temple of the Holy Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” The body is also the possession of God, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

We can sin against our own body, 1 Corinthians 6:18, “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” The body can bear in itself the punishment for its sin, 1 Corinthians 11:30, “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” There are many illustrations in the Bible of diseases being inflicted on a person’s body for the sins of the body, especially sexual sins. Hebrews 13:4, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” Sexually transmitted diseases are rampant, and some are fatal. There are also many diseases in the body caused today by smoking, drinking, overeating, drugs, improper eating and other vices.

The body was made the way it was for God’s ultimate glory, even if not “perfect.” John 9:1-3, “And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” Exodus 4:11, “And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?”

The body is the only part of our trichotomy that is not eternal, yet this is what man pays the most, and sometimes all, of their attention to. The body will return to dust, Ecclesiastes 3:20, “All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.” One day there will be a resurrection of the just and unjust, Acts 24:15, “And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.” Both will be given new bodies, which will be able to endure extreme bliss in Heaven, or eternal torment in a Lake of Fire, Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

The body should be cared for by the believer in Jesus Christ, 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” A good question to ask ourselves, as children of God is, “Will action glorify God?” But the body is not the main thing in life, 1 Timothy 4:8, “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”

The body is sometimes referred to as the flesh. When it is referred to as the “flesh” in a derogatory way, it is referring to the appetites (lusts) of the flesh. Appetites are okay, but when they become unrestrained or they control us, we are in the “flesh.” Some verses that use the word “flesh” this way would include:

Galatians 5:24, “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”

Romans 8:8-9, “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”

Romans 8:12-13, “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”

Any time the members of our bodies are not yielded to the Holy Spirit, we are in the “flesh.” (Study Romans Chapter 6.)

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Posted by on February 10, 2014 in God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Man – Part 4

IV. The Fall of Man

A. Adam Sinned

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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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The Doctrine of Man – Part 3

III. The Purpose of Man

A. For the Pleasure of God

Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

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B. For the Glory of God

John 9:1-3 “And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

Isaiah 43:7b “…for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.”

C. For Fellowship with God

Genesis 3:8-9 “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. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?”

1 John 1:3 “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.”

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2014 in God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Man – Part 2

II. The Creation of Woman

The creation of woman was similar to many of the things that we studied about in the creation of man. Differences or additions to that would include:

A. Woman was made with childbearing capability

Genesis 1:27-28 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

B. Woman was made to help the man in accomplishing, as a team, the will of God for his life

Genesis 2:18, 20, 24 “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him….And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him…Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

1 Corinthians 11:8-9 “For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.”

C. Woman was made so that man would not have to exist alone

Genesis 2:18 “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”

D. Woman was fashioned out of Adam’s rib, unlike Adam who was fashioned out of the dust of the earth

Genesis 2:21-23 “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

Because of this, she was given the name “WOMAN” which means “of the man.” The woman is “the glory of man.”

E. Women and men were made to be mutually dependent upon each other

Thus God instituted that most men and women get married – Genesis 2:24-25 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”

1 Corinthians 11:11-12 “Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.”

There really should not be a war between the sexes, but rather a mutual respect, knowing that both need each other. This is the way God planned it. He did NOT plan for man to be with man, nor woman to be with woman. That is an abomination to God.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in God's Truth

 

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