Sunday, March 08, 2009

The fall of man

ChristianPhotos.Net - Free High Resolution Photos for Christian PublicationsAnd the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 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? (Genesis 3: 9-11)

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 (Romans 5:12).

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1)

For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. (Romans 8:19-22)

Basic truths:

[1] Sin was present in the universe even before the fall of man. The fall introduced sin into the human race.

[2] The fall of man took place when Adam and Eve fell from their state of holiness into a state of sin.

[3] The fall of man into sin affected Adam and Eve, mankind and nature.

[4] God’s justice required that man’s sin be punished by death – physical and spiritual.


1. Satan’s pride was the very first sin (Isaiah 14: 12-14; Ezekiel 28:11-16). While these two passages describe the historical kings of Babylon and Tyre, Bible scholars believe that these descriptions go beyond these human kings to the power at work behind them, Satan.

2. Eve took the initial step of disobedience (Genesis 3). However, God held Adam accountable for the fall (Romans 5:12-19 and 1 Corinthians 15:21-22).

When Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God in eating the fruit of the tree, this resulted in God’s condemnation (Genesis 2:15-17 and 3:6).

Adam acted as the federal or representative head of all mankind. His sin resulted in universal sin and universal death (Romans 5:12).

3. The consequences of Adam’s fall:

  • Adam came to know both good and evil. While he had fellowship with God before, Adam now hid from Him, experiencing guilt, fear and shame brought about by sin (Genesis 3: 8-11).
  • God told Adam that when he ate from the forbidden tree, he would surely die. God's justice required that man’s sin be punished by death – physical and spiritual (Romans 6:23). Physical death involves the separation of the material aspect of man from the immaterial (Genesis 5:5; Psalm 90:10). Since the fall, each individual is born spiritually dead (Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1; Matthew 7:23; 25:41; Revelation 2:11; 20:6, 14; 21:8 ).
  • Women will experience pain in childbirth (Genesis 3:16).
  • Conflict between men and women, with women wrongfully desiring to rule over men, and men wrongfully exercising oppressive dominion over women (Genesis 3:16b)
  • The ground started producing thorns and thistles, making the production of food much more difficult (Genesis 3:18)
  • Although Adam had to work before the fall (Genesis 2:15), work became more laborious, difficult, etc. because of sin (Genesis 3:17, 19).
Further study (Be like the Bereans! Acts 17:11)

[1] The Fall of Man (Genesis 3:1-24), by Bob Deffinbaugh, Th.M.

[2] The Fall of Man in God’s Perfect Plan, by Bob Deffinbaugh, Th.M.

[3] Anthropology & Hamartiology: Man and Sin, by Greg Herrick Th.M., Ph.D.

[4] Anthropology: The Doctrine of Man (Session 54), by Emery Nester Ed.D., D.Min

[5] Survey of Bible Doctrine: Man and Sin, by Sid Litke, Th.M

Sermons on Genesis 3 (Be like the Bereans! Acts 17:11)

[1] The Design of God's Design, by Pastor Jeremy Stephens. Southview Baptist Church

[2] A Big Fall Created The Pothole, by David Paul Asfour

[3] The Bible in 20 Words, by Josh Kelley

[4] Where Are You, by Rick Bowen

[5] The message of the Bible 3 The Fall, by Pastor Peter Smit

[6] The Blame Game, by Nate Schumacher

[7] What is so wrong with the world? by Stephen Ryman

[8] Conversations With A Snake.....Beware of Snake Talk, by Herman L. Murray

[9] Three Key Elements to a Biblical Worldview Part 2 - The Fall, by Don Filcek

[10] Genesis 2:4-27 - The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, by Thomas S. Myers

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