Fallen Man

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

1. What was God’s plan when he created man?

Ephesians 2:10 “ For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ”

Isaiah 43:5-7 “ Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made. ”

God made man to receive glory and worship from him at all times and in all circumstances (bad or good). God expects man to reflect His character in all things with love and in love.

2. Through whom did sin enter the universe?

I John 3:8 “ He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work. ”

3. What led to the devil’s sin?

Ezekiel 28:17 “ Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth… ”

Isaiah 14:12-14 “ How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High. ”

4. Who seduced man into committing the first sin?

Revelation 12:7-9 “ And there was war in heaven: Michael and His angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. ”

Genesis 3:1-5 “ Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, did God really say, you must not eat from any tree in the garden? The woman said to the serpent, we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, you must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die. You will not surely die, the serpent said to the woman. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. ”

As soon as he reached the earth, Satan undertook to deceive the human race.

Genesis 3:6 “ 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 to her husband with her; and he did eat. ”

Man’s happiness was linked to his obedience to God. But God did not want a forced obedience so He allowed man the freedom to follow the way he preferred. However He gave him a serious warning about the consequences of his choice. Alas! Satan deceived him in spite of that warning, and got him to disobey.

5. How many fell because of sin?

Romans 3:23 “ for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… ”

Romans 5:12-13 “… just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned; for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. ”

I John 3:4 “ Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. ”

Stained by sin, that is transgression of the divine law, man lost the privilege of living in God’s presence. And since God is the only source of life, therefore man also lost the right to eternal life.

Isaiah 59:1-3 “ Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue mutters wicked things. ”

Sin’s most serious consequence is the end of the intimate relationship that existed between God and man before the fall. Sin, by staining man, made him unable to bear God’s glory.

Genesis 3:16 “ To the woman [God] said, I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you. ”

Let us take good note of this: God had created man and woman equal. Unfortunately, the entrance of sin into the world gave man dominance over woman. That domination would be outrageously misused throughout history. Sin also made the human race subject to suffering, another appalling consequence of the first couple’s choice.

Genesis 3:17-19 “ And to Adam [God] said, because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, you must not eat of it, cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return. ”

Nature was also marked by the appearance of sin. The soil no longer cooperated so easily with man. Many animals became wild.
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near" Matthew 4:17