In the Old Testament, the basic idea behind the word salvation was deliverance from the problems and difficulties of life. Salvation is the noun chosen to translate the idea in Hebrew words meaning to save, to keep safe and sound, and to rescues from danger or destruction. The history of the saving activity of God in the corporate life of the people. The Bible says salvation belongth unto the Lord [Psalm 3:8]
In the New Testament the emphasis was primarily on salvation from sin. The New Testament calls Jesus “Savior” and the early Christians experienced Jesus as Savior. The message of the angel was that his name was to be called Jesus, the Greek form of Joshua, which means Jehovah is salvation, because “He will save his people from their sins” [Matthew 1:21, RSV].
Salvation comes from the verb “to restore to health” or “to make whole.” Apart from Christ our lives are fragmented and pulled to pieces. We are at war with ourselves and with God. Each of us is a walking civil war. Salvation is an experience which makes us whole spiritually. No one can be whole without some communion with God. The heart remains restless until it rests in God.
SALVATION then is the way of becoming a whole person. Is the first and most important blessing that anybody who enters any church must seek. It is the one thing for which Christ came down to die; it is the one thing for which the Church exists; it is the one thing for which Christ calls and equips workers in the Church, and that thing for which anybody must dream of joining any Church. Sadly to say, it is the most neglected subject in the Church of Christ today. People no more go to Church to seek the salvation of God but to seek material and financial prosperity which is now the popular message being preached from all the pulpits. Preachers whose main message should focus on salvation and repentance now only tell stories, with all the sinners who join the church still wallowing in sin, glorifying Satan and mocking God with their sinful lives.
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY SALVATION
Salvation comes from the Greek word soteria meaning soundness, healing, deliverance, prosperity, wholeness, good health in every area of man’s life. From the perspective of a guy who speaks Greek when you say “soteria” (salvation) is an inclusive word – wholistic nature. Unlike most churches in America when we say we are saved, all that brings to mind is BORN AGAIN without the conditions and promises that comes with it.
Thus in a real sense, salvation means deliverance or being rescued. It involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. Salvation is ours through Jesus Christ alone. John 14:6; John 10:9; John 17:3. To be a Christian therefore is to be delivered or rescued from sin or to be saved. In the New Testament the Christians are described as those who were being saved [Acts 2:47; 2nd Corinthians 2:15].
SALVATION HAVE THREE DIMENSIONS
Salvation is a past experience, a present process, and a future hope.
Salvation is a past, instantaneous act (redemption from sin). Deliverance from sin occurs immediately upon the act of trusting Jesus as Savior (Acts 16:31, TLB). We are saved from the guilt and penalty of sin.
The day we accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior [Colossians 1:13].
It is synonymous with being Born Again John 3:3-7].
Salvation is also a present, continuing process. The Christian life is a process of growing in the grace, knowledge, and service of Christ [Ephesians 2:10 RSV]. We call this continuing salvation sanctification, and it takes a lifetime [Philippians 2:12]. We are being saved from the habits, power, or dominion of sin [Romans 6:14; Romans 8:2]. Daily the Lord Jesus helps us to overcome the temptations [1st Corinthians 10:13] stand trials and solve problems of today through making right choices and not bad decisions [James 1:12].
Finally, Salvation is a future, ultimate consummation. As Christians we have the confidence that God will finish what he started [Romans 13:11]. This is referring to the end of the redemptive process – we call glorification. Thus we shall finally be saved from the bodily infirmities and the presence of sin – second coming of Christ [1st Thessalonians 4:15-18]. This carries the idea of the redemption of our bodies from this earthly state into eternal life. No more sin, sickness, sorrow. No more diseases, death etc.
Central Truth: Salvation is ours through Jesus Christ alone [John 14:6]. “The only Currency (means) capable of securing our salvation is FAITH: it is legal tender through GRACE from our Lord Jesus Christ” [Ephesians 2:8-9].
SALVATION NOW INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING EIGHT (8) BASIC CONCEPTS:
1. FORGIVENESS OF SIN – [Acts 2:38; Ephesians 1:7]. It comes through our personal confession: 1st John 8-9.
2. REDEMPTION – An act of buying back: Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14. Like we were put on sale in a slave market, Christ bought us back unto God.
3. EXPLANATION – The act of paying for a fault, it comes through what is called “PROPITIATION” i.e. the sacrifice of another – Christ was sacrificed for our sins. He stood in our place; we ought to have died because the wages of sin is death [Romans 6:23; 3:25; 1st John 4:10].
4. REGENERATION – A change in the inner man by cleansing in blood. i.e. only the blood of Jesus. [Titus 3:5]. “Re-gene,” the sinful “genes” renewed. “Spiritual genetic engineering” takes place
5. JUSTIFICATION – Absolution of fault; all faults have been taken away: [Romans 5:1]. Justification – just as if you have never sinned.
6. SANCTIFICATION – Act of separation something or someone for the use of the Lord. [1st Corinthian 1:2; 2nd Thessalonians 2:13].
a. Something – places, things or objects (church buildings, instrument; vessels etc.)
b. Someone – usually men, women (people); young/old.
Old Testament e.g. – Samuel: 1st Samuel 1:11; 24-28.
New Testament e.g. – The 12 Apostles.
7. HEALTH – Saved from accidents, sickness, untimely death [3rd John ].
SALVATION AND ASSURANCE: THE 7 POINTS APPOACH
1. ADMIT that you are a SINNER and needs SALVATION: Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23.
…………..You have strayed from God.
……………You have fallen short of God’s glory
2. RECOGNIZE that the WAGES of sin is DEATH (eternal separation from God) John 3:36; Romans 6:23.
3. BELIEVE that Jesus Christ DIED for your sins: Romans 5:8; 1st Peter 2:24; John 1:29
4. REPENT & FORSAKE your SINS; Proverbs 28:13; 1st John 1:8-10
…………….Confess all known sins and ask for forgiveness.
…………….make up your mind to turn away from people, places and things which can make you go back to the life of sin.
5. INVITE CHRIST unto your HEART/LIFE as your SAVIOR and LORD: John 6:37; Revelation 3:20
BE ASSURED that your prayer has been answered by God if only you SINCERELY called Jesus into your life. [John 1:12; 1st John 5:10-13].
TESTIFY/WITNESS for your new Master and Lord Jesus. Romans 1:16, 10:9-10.
……………………Let others know that something new (A NEW LIFESTYLE) has begun in you.
……………………Testify about Christ by both your WORD & DEED. What you say and do.
SERIES TWO (2)
ASSURNCE OF SALVATION
HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT I AM SAVED
1. Your salvation is ASSURED because God who promised is FAITHFUL [Hebrews 10:23; 11:11].
*God IMPARTS salvation through His Spirit; the Holy Spirit TESTIFIES with your spirit that you have become a child of God: [Romans 8:9; 8:14-16].
*God deposits some confidence in you that makes you know that you are saved and there is a reservation in HEAVEN for you when you die.
*Assurance of salvation is for those who genuinely receive Jesus Christ as their PERSONAL SAVIOR [John 1:12; 1st John 5:11-12].
2. Your sins are FORGIVEN & FORGOTTEN; [1ST John 1:9; Ephesians 4:32; 1st John 2:12].
3. You are now a CHILD OF GOD: [John 1:12
4. You have been given ETERNAL LIFE IN CHRIST: [John 3:16].
5. Your name is WRITTEN IN THE LAMB’S BLOOD OF LIFE or your name is written in Heaven: [Luke 10:20; Revelations 20:12].
6. You are SECURED IN THE ARMS OF THE LORD: no power can snatch you from the hands of Jesus and His father when you are in their SECURITY. [John 10:28, 29 Colossians 1:1-3].
7. You have GOD’S FULL PROTECTION & HELP in times of NEED. [Psalm 23:4].
8. You have the assurance of GOD’S PERFECT LIFE PLAN: [Jeremiah. 29:11].
SERIES THREE (3)
HOW SHOULD I FEEL I AM SAVED?
The Assurance of your salvation CANNOT & SHOULD NOT be based on your FEELINGS.
—you may not experience any sensational or dramatic feeling.
— your feelings will change, or can be affected by your health, weather environment, or life’s circumstances, but the WORD of God WILL NEVER CHANGE; IT STAND’S FOREVER. [Isaiah 40:8].
WHAT SHOULD BE THE BASIS OF YOUR ASSURANCE OF SALVATION?
Your salvation has no basis in any MAN-MADE rules, regulations or traditions; God himself has provided His sure foundation for it, immovable and unshakable.
1. THE WITNESS of the Holy Spirit: [Galatians 4:6].
— you have God’s Spirit living in you.
— He ministers peace to the soul and grants inner serenity confirming that YOU are God’s child and truly belong to Him.
2. THE WORD OF GOD: [1st John. 3:15, 1st John. 5:10].
— what does God’s word say in it?
3. YOUR OWN CHANGED LIFE: [2nd Corinthians. 5:17]
— There is evidence of your own changed lifestyle, mind-set etc. —the new creation.
— Love is a clear indication of one who is born again. [1st John. 3:1; 1st John. 5:10]
— The power and presence of evil habits give way to new affections— this is the CHARACTER & MIND of Christ.
— The evidence of the new creation is bearing good fruit worthy of repentance. [See Matthew 3:8]
4. YOUR POSITIVE CONFESSION OF JESUS CHRIST: [Romans 1:16].
—- You are no longer ashamed of Jesus as your Lord; you now can talk about Him, sing His holy name, confess Him to others.
—- You can defend the cause of Christ at any cost, even at the expense of your life, if need be!
The Apostle Paul was absolutely assured of his salvation to the extent that he could say that “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.”
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SOME HINDERANCES TO YOUR ASSURANCE OF SALVATION
Your assurance can be hindered ….. not taken away by God ….. but by some factors which come from YOURSELF, and also from SATAN and his evil forces. Some of the commonest factors are:
*FAILURE TO BELIEVE GOD’S WORD:
—- If you fail to accept and believe ALL about what the Bible, God’s Word says, you will tend to believe the lies of Satan and become confused.
—- Anytime you fail to trust God’s Word, you become uncertain of your stand in the Lord.
*SIN & BACKSLIDING:
—- When you are tempted and fall into any sin, the only way out is by a genuine confession of that particular sin, and forsaking it; you have to seek divine strength to keep on.
—- You do not need to brood over or lament on any sin.
*TRYULY CONFESSED to God: [1st John 1:8-10].
—- Any believer who persists in committing some particular sin could not be assured of God’s forgiveness. “You cannot serve God and mammon” [Matthew 6:24].
HE HAS PROMISED HE WILL NEVER FAIL, WE THEREFORE CAN TRUST HIM TO THE END. AMEN!
SALVATION SERIES – CLASS TWO (2)
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE BELIEVE IN CHRIST
Christianity is a relationship which is reflected I a life pattern. The overall picture is that when become Christians we enter into the presence of the Almighty God and become His children or family.
When we believe in Christ many things begin to happen together. Some of these are as follows:
IN RELATION TO GOD THE FATHER
1. Access to His presence – [Ephesians 2:18; 3:12].
2. Adoption into His family – [Galatians 4:5; Ephesians 1:5].
3. Inheritance – [Acts 26:18].
4. Election – [1st Peter 1:2; Ephesians 1:4; John 15:16].
5. Child of God – [John 1:12; 1st John 3:1].
6. Heavenly citizenship – [Philippians 3:20].
7. Heir of God – [Romans 8:17; Galatians 3:29]
8. New creation – [2nd Corinthians 5:17].
9. Servant of God – [Romans 6:22].
10. Priest of God – [1st Peter 2:9].
11. Reconciled with God – [Romans 5:10; Ephesians 2:12-14].
12. Sanctification – [1st Corinthians 6:11].
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IN RELATION TO GOD THE SON
1. Accepted in Him – [Ephesians 1:6].
2. Baptized in to His body – [1st Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27].
3. Buried with Him – [Romans 6:4; Colossians 3:3].
4. Love gift from Son to Father – [John 17:9].
5. Saved by Him – [Acts 16:31; 4:12].
6. In-dwelt by Him – [Revelation 3:20; Romans 14:23].
7. Possess eternal life – [John 10:28; 1st John 5:13].
8. Have His peace – [John 14:27].
9. He is our Friend – [John 15:15].
10. Name recorded in Heaven – [Luke 10:20; Philippians 4:3].
11. Seated with Him in heavenly places – [Ephesians 2].
12. Receives a hope – [Titus 2:13; Revelations 22:20].
13. Fellowship with the whole Trinity – [1st John 1:3].
14. A place prepared for us – [John 14:2].
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IN RELATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
1. Born Again – [John3:3, 5, 7; 1st Peter 1:23].
2. Anointed – [1st John 2:27].
3. His temple – [1st Corinthians 6:19].
4. Given gifts – [1st Corinthians 12:11].
5. In-dwelt – [Romans 8:16].
6. Sealed – [Ephesians 1:13].
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IN RELATION TO SIN
1. Forgiven – [Luke 7:47-48; Ephesians 1:7].
2. Justified – [Romans 5:1; 4:5].
3. Redeemed – [Revelations 5:9; 1st Peter 1:18-19].
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IN RELATION TO SATAN
1. We have Christ as advocate – [1st John 2:1]. (word “advocate” here is the Paraclete – Holy Spirit)
2. We have victory over him – [1st John 5:4].
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IN RELATION TO OTHERS
Ambassadors for Christ – [2nd Corinthians 5:20].
CONCLUSION: [Ephesians 1:3] – We are blessed with all spiritual blessings.
[Psalm 23:6] – Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of our life.
WHAT IS SIN
According to the Bible
1) SIN is missing the mark (GK. HAMARTIA) Matthew 1:21; Romans 5:12; 2nd Corinthians 5:21. Example, like the police officer being trained with the gun to shoot within the target of a mark, if he misses the target he is disqualified.
2) SIN is transgression (overstepping the line of Law) or sin against God. (GK. PARABASIS) 1st John 3:4; Romans 4:15; Hebrews 9:15. Example: Transgression of the Law, either by positive action or failure to do right James 4:17; Daniel 5:23.
3) It denotes iniquity, evil, lawlessness and defiance of God’s law. Example: Lawlessness Romans 8:7. Disregard for the law. (GK. ANOMIA) Romans 4:7; Hebrews 9:15; 1st John 3:4; Romans 6:19
4) Guilt (Hebrews ASHAM, ASHAMAH) Proverbs 14:9; Isaiah 52:10; Psalm 69:5.
5) Fall (where one should have stood) (GK PARAPTOMA) Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 2:13.
6) It also stands for injustice, wrongdoing or wickedness. (GK ADIKIA) Romans 1:18; 1st John 5:17. It can be described as a lack of love, since all wrongdoing stems from a failure to love Matthew 22:37-40; Luke 10:27-37.
Adikia is also a personal power that can enslave and deceive Romans 5:12; Hebrews 3:13
7) Apistia, which indicates “unbelief” John 16:8 or unfaithfulness Hebrews 3:12; Romans 3:3
8) Contempt for others Proverbs 14:21.
9) Pride and Foolish thoughts Proverbs 21:4; Proverbs 24:9
Today we see a grasping of things or pleasures for ourselves, regardless of the welfare of others and the commands of God, which leads to cruelty to others and to rebellion against God and his law. Ultimately sin becomes the refusal to be subjected to God and His Word (Romans 1:18-25; 8:7). It is enmity against God (Romans 5:10; 8:7; Colossians 1:21) and disobedience to him Romans 11:32; Ephesians 2:2; 5:6.
SIN is also a moral corruption in humans that opposes all better human intentions. It causes us to both commit unrighteousness with delight and to take pleasure in the evil actions of others (Romans 1:21-32; Genesis 6:5).
It is likewise a power that enslaves and corrupts Romans 3:9; 6:12ff; 7:4; Galatians 3:22. SIN is rooted in human desire (James 1:14; 4:1-2; 1st Peter 2:11).
CHALLENGE: is your own inward desire or inclinations luring you to cheat on your wife or husband? (Adultery). My brother, why such multiple sexual partners? If such evil desire is not resisted by the word of God and purged by the Holy Spirit, it leads to sin and then to spiritual death (Romans 6:23; James 1:15; Romans 7:5, 10, 13)
SOLUTION: PRAY now to the merciful and gracious God through His Son Jesus Christ and He will save you.
WHAT IT INVOLVES
A. We are sinners by BIRTH (Psalm 51:5). From infancy man possessed a natural propensity to sin. Every person is marred from birth by a selfish inclination to persue his or her own desires and pleasures, even if it causes pain and suffering for others (Romans 5:12). A state or condition in which the attitudes and acts of sin exist.
Falling short (hamartia):
* We are sold under sin Romans 7:11-20
* We are ruled by sin Romans 5:21
* With a corrupt heart Jeremiah 17:9; Luke 6:45
This inclination can be purged from our lives only through redemption in Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit.
B. WE ARE SINNERS BY CHOICE – Luke 15:11-24. The Prodigal Son made a choice through his own stupidity, evil desires etc. Like the sin of Esau, it may be done under the impulse of the moment (Genesis 25:32-33; Hebrews 12:16-17). Example: tax fraud, having sexual affair with commercial sex workers and consulting the psychic instead of the Holy Spirit. An Attitude which arises from and is demonstrated by acts: rebellion; unrighteousness (adikia); lust (epithumia); evil, badness (poneria); lawlessness (anomia). These attitudes make us slaves to sin (John 8:44), issue in actions (Matthew 7:17-18; 15:9; Romans 7:8-9).
C. WE ARE SINNERS BY PRACTISE (Genesis 12:10-20). We all lie. Abram, acting out of fear, asked Sarai to tell a half-truth by saying she was his sister. She was his half-sister, but she was also his wife (Genesis 20:12). As Sarai’s husband, however, Abram’s life would be in danger. The Egyptians would kill him to get Sarai. So Abram lost faith in God’s protection, even after all that God had promised him, and told a half-truth. This shows how lying compounds the effects of sin. When he lied, Abram’s problems multiplied. His trust in God momentarily failed, resulting in sinful deception and a shameful deportation. Like the sin of Joseph’s brothers, it may be years before its discovery (Genesis 42:21), but the day United States Immigration Authorities discover it you will be deported to your country of origin. An Act (such as taking fruit) PARABASIS which is breaking the law positively or by omission 1st John 3:4; James 4:17. This implies knowledge of the law as far as the measure of responsibility is concerned Luke 12:47-48 although unwitting sin is still sin Leviticus 4:22, 27. All sinners have defects. Forgiveness is what the Gospel is all about.
ITS ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT
1. Sin did not originate in man, but Satan 1st John 3:8.
2. It entered through the fall of Adam Romans 5:12
3. It spread to all men Romans 3:22-23
4. Men are unable to stop sinning Jeremiah 13:23
5. It is directed against God and affect all Psalm 51:4-5
1. Pollution (in regard to God’s holiness) Isaiah 1:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Luke 6:45.
2. So that cleansing is needed Psalm 51:2; John 15:3; Ephesians 5:26
Sin is want of conformity to God and His Law, whether it be in action or lack of action or natural attitude. It involves guilt and pollution needing forgiveness and cleansing as well as a renewed and empowered nature.
HOW CAN WE RECOGNISE SINFUL BEHAVIOUR (THE CHARACTERISTICS OF SIN) Genesis 3:1-24
1. Sinful behavior often begins as a joyful and fun action. People usually choose wrong things because they have become convinced that those things are good, at least for themselves. Our sins do not always appear ugly to us, and the pleasant sins are the hardest to avoid. We cannot always prevent temptation, but there is always a way of escape (1st Corinthians 10:13). God’s Word and God’s people can help you stand against it.
2. Temptation to sinful behavior is rarely obvious at first. In Genesis chapter 3 notice what Eve did: she looked, she took , she ate, and she gave. The battle is often lost at the first look. Temptation often begins by simply seeing something you want. If you want to win over temptation run from those things that produce evil thoughts (2nd Timothy 2:22).
3. Sin swiftly spreads. Sin’s effect spreads. After Eve sinned, she involved Adam in her wrongdoing. When we do something wrong, we often try to relieve our guilt by involving someone else. Recognize and confess your sin to God before you are tempted to pollute those around you.
4. Sin usually causes guilt. After sinning, Adam and Eve felt guilt and embarrassment over their nakedness. Their guilt feelings made them try to hid from God. A guilty conscience is a warning signal God placed inside you that goes off when you’ve done wrong. Those guilty feelings make you aware of your sin so you can ask God’s forgiveness and then correct your wrongdoing.
5. Sin creates a barrier between us and God. Because of Adam and Eve sin, their close relationship with God was broken. God desires to have fellowship with us, but we are afraid to have fellowship with Him. But Jesus Christ, God’s Son opens the way for us to renew our fellowship with Him.
6. Sinful behavior is almost always covered by excuses. When God asked Adam about his sin, Adam blamed Eve. Then Eve blamed the serpent. How easy it is to excuse our sins by blaming someone else or circumstances. But God knows the truth, and He holds each of us responsible for what we do (Genesis 3:14-19). Admit your wrong attitudes and actions and ask God for forgiveness. Don’t try to get away with sin by blaming someone else.
7. Sin often leads to more sin. In the episode with Bathsheba, David allowed himself to fall deeper and deeper into sin. 2nd Samuel 11:26-27
8. Sinful behavior can and should be stopped before it starts. David could have chosen to stop and turn from evil at any stage along the way. But once sin gets started, it is difficult to stop (James 1:14-15). The deeper the mess, the less we want to admit having caused it. It’s much easier to stop sliding down a hill when you are near the top than when you are halfway down.
CONSEQUENCES OF ADAM’S SIN UPON HUMANITY
1. Sin deserves punishment. God was willing to forgive those who made unintentional errors if they realized their mistakes quickly and corrected them. However, those who defiantly and deliberately sinned received a harsher judgment. Intentional sin grows out of an improper attitude toward God. A child who knowingly disobeys his parents challenges their authority and dares them to respond. Both the act and the attitude have to be dealt with. Adam’s apparently simply acted of disobedience had serious consequences for man. It affected man’s relationship with God, destroyed his spiritual nature, affected his future destiny, marred his physical condition and even affected his environment.
2. Separation of man from God’s presence. God is absolutely holy and sin breaks our fellowship with God, so let us avoid it. Isaiah 59:1-2; Genesis 3:23-24.
3. SIN can exclude you from the joys of Heaven. Sin will not let us be admitted into heaven. Ephesians 5:5; Revelations 21:27.
4. The fall brought us under the wrath of God. The wrath of God naturally comes upon those who disobey Him and stay in sin as Ephesians 5:6 tells us. This is the reason why before our conversion we were called children of wrath in Ephesians 2:3.
5. The fall marred God’s divine image (man was created to resemble God in character, personality, morality and absolute holiness) in man and set us on the path of sin, darkness and impurity. Following the destruction of God’s moral nature in us, we inherited an unfortunate tendency to pursue evil instead of pursuing righteousness. Genesis 6:5, 11, 12; Jeremiah 17:9.
6. It resulted in man’s spiritual death. As a result of the fall man had become insensitive to sin and spiritual things. There is always the urge to sin (1st Corinthians 2:14; 1st Timothy 6:6).
7. With the fall, physical death got the chance to come and trouble and afflict men on earth. Sin brought physical death upon us. God created our first parents Adam and Eve immortal. This evidence by God placing the tree of life in the Garden of Eden. Death was not part of the good things God originally created. (Genesis 3:22-24). After the fall, it became the lot of every man to taste physical death at least once in his life time (Hebrews 9:27).
8. The Fall also opened the door for sicknesses, sorrows, pains and distresses to come upon man. This wads inherent in the curse pronounced upon man after the Fall (Genesis 3:14-21). Though diseases and calamities are not directly mentioned in the original curse pronounce upon us, they are implied. This explains why immediately after the Fall, Satan could take advantage of man’s weakened spiritual position to bring all sorts of sicknesses and troubles upon us (Luke 13:11-13, 16).
9. The fall painfully robbed us of both spiritual peace for the soul and physical peace in our sin-controlled world. Sinfulness and wickedness do not bring us any peace but confusion of mind (Isaiah 57:20-21).
10. When the devil succeeded in deceiving our first parents to sin against God; the whole of sinful humanity became directed towards Hell. Man was not in God’s picture at all when He prepared Hell as the place of find punishment for the devil and his angels (Matthews 25:41). Romans 6:23 portrays that because we have sinned, the second death is awaiting us in hell fire, unless repent. Revelation 20 gives us a picture of how because of our sinfulness we shall be judged and thrown into Hell fire in the end if we do not repent today and give ourselves to the Lord Jesus.
11. The effect of the fall brought curse on Nature. It affected our environment too. The implication of this curse was that nature which was supposed to be friendly and supportive of man’s existence on earth became hostile and unfriendly (Genesis 3:17-18). This heightened man’s suffering and toil. Man was made for dominion over creation, but this is lost (Genesis 1:26).
a) Ground produces weeds – Genesis 3:18
b) Toil to grow food – Genesis 3:19
c) Animals are cursed, especially serpent – Genesis 3:14/Isaiah 11:6-9
d) Whole creation awaits redemption – Romans 8:20-22
e) Creature is worshipped, not creator – Romans 1:25
THE MAIN TYPES OF OLD TESTAMENT IDOLATRY
a) BAAL – deification of nature – mind.
b) MOLOCH – cruelty – emotion
c) MAMMON – power and wealth – will
d) HATRED AND WARFARE BETWEEN MEN – James 4:1; Titus 3:3.
e) UNNATURAL RELATIONSHIPS – Romans 1:26-27.
f) WOMEN SUBJECT to MAN – Genesis 3:16
Experiencing pain in childbirth – Genesis 3:16
Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). All areas of life were affected by the Fall. Satan suggested that sin would lead to enlargement and emancipation to become “like God”, instead it lead to limitation and bondage as contract with God was lost. Further limitations were imposed to restrain man from further evil
CHALLENGE: Let us make sure we do not have any hidden sins in our life. “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” We all need forgiveness, but we also need to forgive others. Holding grudges saps us of creative energies to love and serve. Refusing to forgive others hinders our relationship with God.
Like the sin of Cain it may be done in secret (Genesis 4:8-10). Like the sin of ACHAN, it may be well covered up (Joshua 7:21). The Bible says “Behold your sin will find you out”. PRAY for forgiveness of your sins. God is merciful and gracious and will forgive you.