The Results of Rebellion

I. Creation Before the Fall

A. God’s Evaluation of all the Creation:  “Very Good”

B. Perfect harmony

C. Perfect balance

D. Perfect relationships

E. Perfect responsibility

F. No sin

G. No death

II. Perfection Spurned

A. Adam and Eve in fellowship with God

1. Perfect relationship with the Creator

2. Perfect relationship with each other

3. Perfect relationship with all life on Earth

B. Adam and Eve now break the fellowship

1. Eve was deceived – yet participated

2. Adam was not deceived and defied God

III. Perfection Judged

A. The Serpent becomes the age-long enemy of man.

1. Ever to crawl and be feared by Man

B. The Woman now is altered in her relationship with man.

1. Childbirth and Marriage to be difficult

C. The Man now responsible for death

1. Earth and all else now to “return to dust”

IV. Satan’s Universal Strategy

A. Disputes God’s word.

1. What did God really say?

B. Denies God’s capability

1. You will not die

C. Denigrates God’s Character

1. God knows . . . He withheld from you

V. The Battle for Your Mind

A. 2 Corinthians 11:3 – “I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led away from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

VI. Results of the Rebellion

A. The relationship with God was severed.

B. The harmony between Man and Woman was strained.

C. The freedom of rulership over the earth was curtailed.

D. The Universe began to die.

E. Shame & nakedness (Genesis 3:7, 21

F. Fear of God's presence (Genesis 3:8-10)

G. Avoidance of guilt (Genesis 3:11-13)

H. Loss of eternal life (Genesis 3:22)

I. Driven from God’s presence (Genesis 3:23-24)

J. Unavoidable death (Genesis 3:19)

K. Necessity of redemption (Romans 5:12, 19)

VII. Death Encompasses Everything

A. Death Judgment is due to Adam.

1. Genesis 3:17 – “…because thou has 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:”

B. Death is cessation of physical life.

C. Death is “separation” from God.

1. Disconnection

2. Disharmony

3. Dislocation

D. Creation “Death”

1. Romans 8:20-22 – “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.”

2. Hebrews 1:10-12 – “You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands; they will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed.  But You are the same, and Your years will not fail.”

E. What do these “laws” tell us?

1. Since the universe is falling apart

a. It must not be very old – deterioration rates are pretty fast
b. The original condition was much better than now
c. The “natural” force is to Conserve not Innovate

2. Biblical Data

a. Romans 5:12 – Adam was the “cause” of sin and its consequence.
b. Romans 5:18; 1 Peter 2:24 – Jesus Christ is the “cure” through His substitutionary death and victorious resurrection.
c. John 3:3, 5; 1 Peter 1:23 – A “new creation” is necessary to escape death.
d. 2 Peter 3:13 – The Creator will re-create a totally perfect universe

VIII. Two Opposite “Stories”

A. Naturalistic Science (Story of Atheism)

1. Necessary death and long ages

2. Fossil record cited as proof

3. Assumes naturalistic evolution and ages

4. Ignores Bible data of Flood

5. Carnivorous activity for ages

6. Repudiates sin and the Fall

7. Requires physical death as part of “creation”

B. Creation-based Science (Story of God)

1. Created Universe

2. Conservative Processes

3. Stable conditions

4. Purpose & Design

5. Conservation & redemption

6. Death is the “enemy” and will be overcome by Christ

IX. IF death is sanctioned by God…

A. Makes God the Author of Death.

1. Jesus does not agree (John 8:44).

2. Creation “reveals” a death-God (Romans 1:20)?

B. Salvation (“rescue”) from what?

1. New creation? Last Enemy?

2. God celebrates victory over death?

3. Celebrates victory over His own creation?

C. Jesus Died Physically

1. It was necessary for Jesus Christ to die physically in order to accomplish the payment for our sins. (Hebrews 2:14-18). 

2. Jesus participated in “flesh and blood” because that is what we were made of.

3. Jesus died so that he could destroy the devil’s power of death. 

4. Jesus was “obligated” to become flesh and blood in order to accomplish “reconciliation.”

D. If death existed before sin, then death is not the judgment for sin.

1. “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23)

2. “But sin…working death in me by that which is good” (Romans 7:13)

3. “The…law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2)

4. “The sting of death is sin” (1 Corinthians 15:56)

5. “But we see Jesus…should taste death for every man” (Hebrews 2:9)

6. “For Christ being put to death” (1 Peter 3:18)

X. Death is Required for Salvation

A. Believers are “sanctified” through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ on of Calvary (Hebrews 10:10). 

B. This was done once, with and for eternal consequences (Hebrews 10:12-14). 

1. Twisting the words of Scripture so that Christ’s physical death had no meaning is a terrible heresy.

2. If there were eons of pain suffering and death before the awful rebellion of Adam brought “death” into the world, then a whole sweep of Biblical teaching is thrown into the black hole of allegory.

C. Humanity must be resurrected.

1. Different kinds of “flesh” are identified by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:39 

a. Other creatures are “living” things that do not take part in the resurrection. 
b. All are specifically separated from the “celestial” creation (1 Corinthians 15:40) like stars and angels.
c. The “earthy” image of “flesh and blood” cannot inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:50)
d. God requires a “change” from the physical to the spiritual; from the temporal to the eternal. 
e. That “change” was made possible by the work of Jesus Christ – proven by the resurrection.

XI. Physical Changes Required

A. Resurrection is the absolute opposite of physical death.

1. “Corruption” must become “incorruption.” 

2. “Dishonor” must become “glory.” 

3. “Weakness” must become “power.” 

4. The “natural” must become “spiritual.”

B. Physical death is an “intrusion” into the natural order of things and that it takes a resurrection to correct it.

C. The “New Man”

1. The gospel message insists on the “birth from above” (John 3:3) which brings about a transfer from death to life (John 5:24). 

a. It involves a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
b. That positional change is a “pledge” of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 5:5).

D. We await the fulfillment of that promise when our “vile” bodies will be freed from the curse of death.

1. 1 Corinthians 15:50

2. Philippians 3:21        

3. 1 John 3:2

4. Revelation 21:4-5

XII. Creationist Worldview

A. Triune Creator

B. Omnipotent

C. Omniscient

D. Transcendent

E. “Good” – perfect creation

F. Man to be “steward”

G. Man Rebels against the Creator

1. Lucifer “deceives” Eve

2. Adam knowingly disobeys

3. God pronounces “sentence”

4. Serpent constant reminder

5. Child birth and relationships difficult

6. The “ground” suffers because of Adam

H. Death becomes the Enemy of all things

1. 1 Corinthians 15:26

2. Hebrews 2:14

I. Lucifer (Satan) becomes Adversary of the Creator

1. Revelation 12:9

2. 1 Peter 5:8

J. Death is an “intrusion”

1. The “last enemy”

2. Not a “good” natural process

K. Death is necessary for redemption

1. The Creator must die to bring life

2. Death will be “destroyed”

a. It will be “swallowed up” in victory
b. It will be “cast into the lake of fire”

XIII. Conquering Creator

A. The Creator pronounced the sentence (Genesis 3)

B. The Creator will overcome death (1 Corinthians 15)

C. The Creator has life in Himself ((John 1; John 8; John 11)

D. The Creator gave His life to give us life ((John 10)

E. The Creator now grants eternal life to all who believe His words (John 12)

Series: 
In the Beginning
Lesson: 
#7
Book: 
Genesis
Verses: 
3:1-24

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