Monday, 20 July 2015

The Fall of Man

Saved man’s last (???) state, as it were, is vastly better than his first.

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This lesson seeks to view the fall of man in the light of the overall plan of God for creation. He did not in any way encourage the fall, although Satan was permitted to tempt and to deceive Eve.

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Sin does not slam the door on God’s blessings; it opens the door for His grace. For many Christian denominations the doctrine of the fall is closely related to that of original sin. We will consider the biblical account of creation, the fall, and its consequences for mankind. After doing so, they became ashamed of their nakedness and God expelled them from the Garden to prevent them from eating from the tree of life and becoming immortal.

There is something desperately wrong with the world which is evidenced by chaos, violence, and suffering. This is simply not the case. After sin and the fall, He could only bless men by dealing graciously with them. The Eastern Orthodox Church accepts the concept of the fall but rejects the idea that the guilt of original sin is passed down through generations, based in part on the passage Ezekiel 18:20 that says a son is not guilty of the sins of his father. Lapsarianism, the logical order of God's decrees in relation to the Fall, is the distinction, by some Calvinists, as being supralapsarian (antelapsarian, before the Fall) or infralapsarian (sublapsarian, postlapsarian, after the Fall).

We begin our study at the outset of human history as recorded in the first few chapters of Genesis. In forgiving the sins of men, the grace of God is manifested. In dealing with the sins of men, God’s glory is revealed. The cause of all the world’s woes is sin and its consequences. Found in more than one text, Paul’s teaching is clear:. “But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” (Romans 5:20b).

God’s eternal plan for creation included the fall of man and all creation. This is simply not the case. God purposed the fall of man for His glory and for our good.

It is all too easy to think of God’s “cure” in Jesus Christ as a restoration, merely restoring everything to the condition in which it was found before the fall. They believe that the fall brought sin into the world, corrupting the entire natural world, including human nature, causing all humans to be born into original sin, a state from which they cannot attain eternal life without the grace of God. While there were painful consequences for sin, the curses were divinely purposed to serve as a part of the cure. The last state, as it were, is vastly better than the first, for all those who are the called according to His purpose.

It is all too easy to think of God’s “cure” in Jesus Christ as a restoration, merely returning men and creation to the condition in which it was found before the fall. And in the end, the last state of the believer is far better than the first. Although not named in the Bible, the doctrine of the fall comes from a biblical interpretation of Genesis chapter 3. God did plan for man to fall and for Christ to suffer and die for sinners. Hopefully, they will serve as a stimulus for your additional study.

One example relates directly to our text. At first, Adam and Eve lived with God in the Garden of Eden, but the serpent tempted them into eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which God forbade. Until sin and the fall, there was no occasion for God to deal with men graciously. Calvinist Protestants believe that Jesus gave his life as a sacrifice for the elect, so they may be redeemed from their sin. Jesus did not come to provide salvation for saints, but for sinners. Because of Eve’s part in the fall, women are now prohibited from places of preeminence and power in the church. Judaism does not have a concept of "the fall" or "original sin" and has varying other interpretations of the Eden narrative. He came to seek and to save those who are lost. We will show how the fall fits into God’s plan for man up to the present. Turning to the final chapters of the Bible where God concludes His plan for creation, we will see how the fall of man played a major role in the carrying out of God’s plan.

In Christian theology, the fall of man, or the fall, is a term used to describe the transition of the first man and woman from a state of innocent obedience to God to a state of guilty disobedience. Therefore, although a more detailed exposition of the text would be most profitable, we must limit ourselves to a few observations and comments.

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