Grace is the Gospel – Rebellion

Think about these questions:

  • Why do we sin?
  • How can man overcome his sins?
  • What does Adam’s sin have to do with me?
  • Does man have the free will to choose God?
  • Does the Bible teach “God helps those who help themselves”?
Grace Is The Gospel Rebellion

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Previously

Grace is the Gospel – Part 1:

  • Man is the crowning glory of creation
  • Made in the image of God
  • Created with purpose — “To glorify God and enjoy him forever”
  • Has an intimate relationship with God

So What Happened?

Genesis 3 – The Fall

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

Genesis 3:1-7 ESV

Satan’s plan of attack

Fatal Thinking

  • Rebelling against God’s Word. Satan declared “You will not die” in Genesis 3:4. Adam and Even thought little of the gravity or the consequences of ignoring God’s command in Genesis 2:17.
  • Elevating the status of man. “You will be like God,” Satan issued in Genesis 3:5. The poem Invictus comes to mind.
  • Adding to God’s Word. Satan is the author of legalism. “Did God really say your couldn’t eat from any tree?” (Genesis 3:1) Eve rejected this, but then added her own “must not touch it” (Genesis 3:3)

A Declaration of Independence

With their bold rebellion against God Adam signed for all of mankind (Romans 5:12-19).
However, just because they declared independence, does not mean they became independent. (Acts 17:28)

Consequences

God’s Plan all Along

For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.

Romans 8:20-22

Adam’s Heirs Inherit

  • His Nature
  • His Condition
  • His Guilt
  • His Debts

We are not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are sinners. It is our nature.

Affects Everyone

Our Rebellion is total

  • Romans 3:9-18
  • John 3:19-21
  • For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. Romans 1:18
  • For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. James 2:10
  • For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person. Mark 7:21-23
  • Even in religion (Luke 18:9-14, Colossians 2:20-23)

Everything is Sin

  • Romans 14:23
  • And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6
  • For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. Romans 7:18

Unable to Submit

  • Romans 8:5-9
  • John 3:5-7
  • “Slaves of sin” Romans 6:17-18
  • Ephesians 2:1-5
  • Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. Ephesians 4:17-18
  • No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. John 6:44
  • The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14
  • The heart is deceitful above all things,
    and desperately sick;
    who can understand it?
    Jeremiah 17:9
  • And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
  • 2 Corinthians 4:4-6

Deserving Eternal Punishment

You can’t fix it!

  • There is nothing you can do.
  • “Salvation belongs to the Lord” — Jonah 2:9 ESV
  • “So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.” — Romans 9:16 ESV
  • We are totally deprived and Crooked Deep Down

God Provides

  • God points to One who will crush Satan’s head (Genesis 3:15)
  • “And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them” — Genesis 3:21 ESV
  • “The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” — John 1:29 ESV

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