Sin: Our Own Fault
||Rev. Ronald Van Overloop
Lord's Day 3
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- The issue.
- In the Garden of Eden mankind knew blessed communion with His Creator.
- The Garden was a picture of heaven, having as its center the Tree of Life.
- The antithesis was in the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
- The issue in the Garden was the Word of God.
- The only reason Adam and Eve could not eat of that one Tree was because of God’s Word.
- Adam fell because he disobeyed God, not because of the fruit itself.
- The sorry history.
- Sin had its origin in the realm of the heavenly angels (Isa. 14; Ezek. 28; I Tim. 3: 6).
- Satan came in the form of a serpent in order to deceive (Rev.12:9; 20:2).
- In their original integrity Adam and Eve could not be approached from within - had to be from without.
- Satan needed a visible instrument to point man to a visible tree.
- Satan came to Eve first, in order to use her help to get at his primary object: Adam.
- First, he sowed the seed of doubt by suggesting there was no sense in God's command re. the tree.
- Devil then charged God to be a liar, "Ye shall not surely die."
- Eve then tempted Adam (cf. I Tim. 2:14a).
- The bitter consequences.
- For Adam and Eve.
- Shame (3:7) was God’s means to show them their guilt before God.
- Man died as the wages of sin (Rom. 6:23).
- Secondly, the whole creation fell with its king and was cursed for man's sake (Rom.8:20; Gen.3:17b,18).
- Thirdly, there were and are bitter consequences for all mankind.
- All men die because death passed upon all, for all sinned in Adam (Romans 5:12).
- Further, Adam's nature is our nature, which became so corrupt that we are all born dead in sin.