10-8-17 Down the Road: Sin from the Beginning – The Last Adam
Sin from the Beginning
Romans 5:12– When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.
Free Choice – Allure of Satan – Sin
Sin of Unbelief – Chose to believe Satan rather than God
Sin of Pride – Even after sinned, would not acknowledge fault – blamed Eve & God (who gave him the woman) – Genesis 3:12 is TAYLOR SWIFT – “LOOK WHAT U MADE ME DO”
Genesis 6:5– The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. [NOAH AND THE FLOOD]
Sin caused some of our likeness of God to be lost. We still bear the image of God, but we are faulty image bearers. We lost the moral image likeness – the holiness & righteousness. We still share the natural image likeness (intellect, feeling, will).
As a result… INHERITED DEPRAVITY
Moral condition we are all born into
Spiritual death passed onto every child of Adam
Each of us have a deep corruption of nature.
Romans 5:15– But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.
By the merits of Christ, all men are cleared from the guilt of Adam’s actual sin. All the imputed guilt of the original sin is removed in Christ for everyone.
No one has the guilt of Adam hanging over head – it is removed in Christ.
Romans 5:17– 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.
Man has sufficient grace so that he can choose to go with God.
Romans 5:18 – Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.
Though man is born into world inheriting the guilt of Adam and under the curse of sin, yet God’s grace is extended to him. This removes the guilt of Adam’s sin and extends the power to lift him to a place of redemption and new life!
“In Christ, we gain more than in Adam we lost.” – John Wesley
ADAM & JESUS
Genesis 1-2– handmade by God and given the breath of life
Luke 1:26-35– child of Mary thru the Holy Spirit.
Made Without Sin
Placed in the Garden in state of holiness and perfection
Ecclesiastes 7:29– “This only have I found: God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes”
Hebrews 4:15– Jesus lived His whole life without sin.
Given Authority over Creation
Genesis 1:26-29– Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish, the birds, all animals…
Colossians 1:15– Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation
Matthew 28:18– All authority on heaven and earth has been given to Me (Jesus).
Given a wife by God
Genesis 2:21– Eve made from rib bone of man
1 Corinthians 6:15-17– Our bodies are actually parts of Christ, jointed to the Lord – one spirit with Him, our body a temple of the Holy Spirit, BRIDE OF CHRIST – THE CHURCH.
THE LAST ADAM
1 Corinthians 15:45-52– The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam–that is, Christ–is a life-giving Spirit. What comes first is the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. Earthly people are like the earthly man, and heavenly people are like the heavenly man. Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man. What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever. But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.
On the way home from my daughter’s track meet, we got to see a town square pole get uprooted and smashed by a big freight truck. It was something I’ve never seen before, but it was also a teachable moment that I took advantage of when it was available. The reason the truck driver could not navigate the turn is because someone else disobeyed the traffic signs and pulled over a car length ahead of the line to stop. The truck driver had no room. Even when the lady in the car reversed as far as the car behind her permitted, it was not enough for the truck driver. Then it was a chain reaction. Truck 1. Pole 0.
My daughter was upset. She was concerned that someone would have to pay for the pole, and that someone would have to put the new pole in place. She didn’t understand why the lady did what she did, and she thought that she should be punished for putting the truck in an impossible situation to navigate. At the same time, she wondered if the truck driver would be punished because he did drive up on the curb and tear down the pole. This is where my teachable moment came into play.
We can easily agree that the lady should have stopped where the law says she should stop. We can easily agree that no one should be driving on curbs, though as a truck driver daughter, I understand why it had to go down that way. If the lady would not have pulled up so far, then the truck driver likely would not have driven on the curb. Nonetheless, this is a situation where we can argue that both parties did something wrong. Just because the one party caused the other person to do something wrong, doesn’t make the other person’s wrong any better.
Consider now, the topic of sin. Sometimes we do something that is bad, and then we place that blame on someone else “making” us do it. No one makes you do it, but somehow it seems like they do when we do something wrong. Why is that? We don’t like to be wrong. We don’t like to be found guilty. We don’t want to look like the bad guy. The other person made us do it. When we say this, it makes us feel better. It takes away our responsibility. It makes us feel like our dirty hands are not-so-dirty. But it is a façade. The truth is, wrong is wrong and right is right. If you lose your temper and act in anger because someone sinned against you, then your hands are dirty. You are guilty. There is no, “she made me do it,” that will change your guilt.
What can we do knowing that we cannot push off blame? Accept responsibility for your actions. Confess. Repent. When you do this, you accept the forgiveness our merciful God offers. This will result in something much better than blaming another could ever achieve. Forgiveness. Spiritual Growth. Integrity.
“People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.” – Proverbs 28:13 [NLT]
“The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.’ Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’” – Genesis 3:12-13 [ESV]