TEXT: Romans 5:12
SUBJ: THE FALL OF MAN
INTRODUCTION: The present condition of all mankind and the world that surround them, in the light of the nature and character of the Creator, is unexplainable apart from the Bible account of the moral and spiritual Fall of man. Why would a kind, loving, benevolent God establish death as a part of the human experience? If He possessed all power and control over the universe that He created, why would He put thorns on roses, poison in reptiles and spiders, allow disease, pain and suffering? Except that they are judicial acts on God's part revealing that He is not only loving, kind, and benevolent, but is also holy and just and must act in accordance. The statement in Romans 5:15 takes us directly to Adam as the one through who sin and its consequences came into the human family.
I. AT FIRST, MANKIND WAS IN A STATE OF PURE INNOCENCE.
A. Man created in God's image suggests moral purity - Genesis 1:26.
B. Solomon speaks of man's original state of innocence - Ecclesiastes 7:29.
C. The description of the Fall of man presupposes a state of original innocence - Romans 5:17-19.
D. Adam and Eve in the Garden had perfect fellowship with their Maker.
E. Mankind had its beginning under the most favorable circumstances possible.
F. The prohibition under which man was placed - Genesis 2:16, 17.
1. This was the first law given to man and it was very simple.
2. This was essential for complete expression and exercise of the moral and spiritual freedom that God had given them.
G. If the Lord had not given them this volition and permitted the exercise of it, they would imply be slaves or puppets to God's will or they would be mechanical by being programmed to do God's will. That kind of condition could have brought no pleasure to their Creator.
II. THE NATURE OF THE TRANSGRESSION THAT CAUSED THE FALL.
A. Although, Eve committed the first act of sin, the transgression of Adam was the final act that plunged the entire human race into sin - Romans 5:19.
B. The account in Genesis describes the transgression of Adam and Eve as a literal even, not figurative - Genesis 3:6.
C. The sin was not husband and wife relations as some erroneously teach.
D. The commission to replenish the earth was given man before the Fall - Genesis 1:28.
E. The transgression was simply the sin of unbelief that resulted in an act of willful disobedience.
III. THE CHARACTER OF THAT SIN WHICH BROUGHT GOD'S CURSE UPON THE HUMAN FAMILY - 1 Timothy 2:13, 14.
A. Here the Scripture describes the essential difference between Eve's part and Adam's part in the entire transgression.
B Adam's sin was a willful transgression with full warning of the consequences.
C. The motivation of Adam's sin suggested - Romans 5:14.
D. Perhaps Adam realized the only way he could have fellowship with Eve was to join her in the transgression.
E. Of course this would mean that his fellowship with God would be broken.
IV. THE EFFECTS OF THE FALL OF MAN.
A. A sense of shame - Genesis 2:25; 3:7.
B. A guilty conscience - Genesis 3:8; Job 31:33; Romans 2:15.
C. A feeling of fear - Genesis 3:10; 1 John 4:18.
D. It led to other sins - Genesis 3:12.
1. Sin weakens the moral fiber and gives way to other sins.
2. Adam sinned against God by trying to blame God for his transgression.
E. An attitude of enmity against God - Genesis 3:8; Romans 8:7.
F. It polluted the nature of the entire human family:
1. The human race is so formed that the actions of our first parents
resulted in a change in their nature and has been passed on to all their
descendants - Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12.
2. The universality of sin declared - Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:10, 23.
V. THE RESULTS OF THE FALL.
A. The result of the Fall involves the justice of God in executing the curse upon man and the goodness of God in providing redemption for him.
B. Remember that a law without a penalty for its violation is not a law. Without penalty the law would be merely a suggestion or an exhortation.
C. Death - Genesis 2:17; Romans 5:15.
1. Spiritual Death - This was immediate - Ephesians 2:1.
2. Physical Death - Romans 5:14.
3. Eternal Death - Revelation 20:14.
D. The process of physical death began working in Adam immediately and was culminated when Adam was 930 years old (Genesis 5:5).
F. But the process has been accelerated so that mans' life expectancy is much shorter now (Psalm 90:10).
G. Pain and sorrow - Genesis 3:16.
H. An unfavorable change in the realm of nature - Genesis 3:17, 18.
I. Paradise forfeited - Genesis 3:23, 24.
J. The Sacrifice of Christ - Genesis 3:15; 1 Corinthians 15:3.
K. If man had not sinned, he would have needed no redemption.
L. Therefore, the death of Christ resulted indirectly from man's sin.
M. In God's goodness, He provided redemption for man because man needed a Redeemer.
N. The redemption that Christ wrought for us was designed to affect all the results of the Fall in restoring man to full-Divine favor.
CONCLUSION: The truth of the Fall of Man is clearly seen through the Scriptures. The effects of the Fall are clearly seen by just looking around and observing with the natural eyes where man has FALLEN to. The cure and curse of the Fall were taken care of at the cross nearly two thousand years ago by the substitute sacrifice of Christ. The paradise that was forfeited in the Garden of Eden awaits all those who have put their faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. Thank the Lord that He already had a plan that would fix what man was going to mess up!