Good evening!!! Again, we welcome you to our Thursday evening Bible study. We’re glad to have you with us on this evening. Let us pray, and then we will get right into our lesson.
We’re beginning a brand-new topic on this evening entitled: “Look Back and Learn- Our Story”.
And we will start this lesson off by asking you a question:
___ Yes ___ No If you look back at history, is there anything that you can learn?
You can learn a whole lot, especially depending on how far you decide to look back. Mount Pisgah, and everyone else who might be listening, on this evening, together, let’s “look back at our story and learn”.
Since we’re looking back at “our” story, let’s go all the way back, to the “beginning”.
FACT: Adam is the father of the entire human race. Every man and every woman descended from Adam and Eve.
PROBLEM: Because this is true, every man or woman, every person, is also born a sinner.
1). Psalm 51:5- Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
This simply means that every baby who comes into this world, is born as a sinner, and NOT born righteous. Every “good” man you know, was born “bad”. One might say, “It seems unfair for a baby to be considered a “sinner”. After all, what have they done? They didn’t ask to come into the world. A baby is cute and cuddly; not sinful and sharpened (in iniquity).
WELL, HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
- Adam was created/made in the likeness and image of God.
1). Genesis 1:26a -27– 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them
If Adam and Eve, had began having children “before” they had sinned, they would not have been born “bad”. They would not have been born “sinners”. They would have had perfect children.
Now, this does not mean that they would have “stayed” that way. Because they too, would have been given freedom of choice. But it does mean that they would have been “born” that way.
CHILDREN MADE/BORN IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD
- Adam had a son after his image; after his likeness.
1). Genesis 5:1-3- This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; 2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. 3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth:
Adam’s children were born in the image of their father. Since he is the father of every human being, meaning that he is our father too, we were all born sinners.
Adam had “already” sinned when he and Eve began having children. And those children, were born, in the image and likeness of their father.
CHILDREN MADE/BORN IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF ADAM
2). Genesis 4:8; 25-26a- (vs. 8)-And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. 25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. 26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos:…
Adam’s sons were born with the exact same nature as their father. He was a sinner; they were born sinners.
1). Job 14:1; 4- Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. 4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one
2). Ephesians 2:3- Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others
As we “look back and learn”. This is “our story”.
Now, before we can “fully” understand our story, how that we were “born” sinners, there are twoother things that you must know about first.If you don’t understand these two things, none of this will make sense.
- The Law that God Had Established.
- The Likeness and Image of a Sin Nature.
The Laws that God Had Established
God had established several types of laws:
1). God’s natural/physical laws. These are simply laws of (that govern) nature.
a). The law of gravity- Any object that goes up, must come down
b). The law of motion- An object that is at rest, will stay at rest, until an outside object of force, comes along and pushes it into motion.
c). The law of reproduction- Every species reproduces after its own kind. A “righteous” man, would reproduce a “righteous” child.
2). God’s moral laws. Moral laws mean that there is a certain way that the Creator, God, expects for the creature, man, to behave. The Creator, gave the created, a list of rules, do’s and don’ts for him to obey.
a). Blessing laws- You do not have to obey any of these laws. It is your choice. But, if you should choose to obey them, you will experience blessings. If you should choose not to obey them just the opposite will happen.
Now, either one, or both of these groups of laws of God, can be violated.
a). Gravity- A person may violate the law of gravity, and jump off of a 25-story building, expecting to survive/live.
b). Motion- A person standing near the edge of a mountainside can be pushed over the edge.
***** FIVE STAR SENTENCE- IF ONE SHOULD VIOLATE EITHER ONE OF THESE TWO LAW CATEGORIES, A “CONSEQUENCE” WILL AUTOMATICALLY RESULT.
- The Five Levels of God’s Moral Law System
1). There is a Law-giver. If you have a “law”. This implies that there is a “Law-giver”. Someone had to establish that law. This is the Creator. He is free to do what He wants or wills.
Some have ill advisably made angry accusations against the Creator: “Why did you take my mother”? The Creator is free to do as He wills. And He’s not obligated to answer to anyone. The creature does not need to question the Creator’s wisdom.
2). Secondly, you must have a person, who is “free” to obey or disobey the law. They are given free-choice. This is the creature.
3). Thirdly, the Law-giver has the power to enforce the law. The “person” does not have more power than the “Law-giver”.
4). Fourthly, the person with the free-choice, the choice to choose to obey or disobey, has an obligation to obey the law. Obedience is expected, although it may not be chosen.
There is an “expectation” on God’s end. There is an “obligation” on man’s end.
5). Finally, there will be “consequences” (blessings or punishment) from the Law-giver, upon the one who obeys or disobeys the law.