5. Man, His Fall and Redemption

Last evening the church Life group which my wife and I attend studied “5. Man, His Fall and Redemption” in the Statement of Fundamental and Essential Truths of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland and Labrador. Four of the ten who attended in the fall and two visitors were present. My wife, Leonora, opened with singing and prayer; we considered the sheet on “5. Man, His Fall and Redemption” that I’d given out in a previous meeting (see below); Ray Noble took prayer requests and led us in prayer; and we closed with lunch.

[MATERIAL ON SHEET]

Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in Our image and in Our likeness.” But man, by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God (Genesis 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).

Man’s fallen, hopeless and helpless condition is at the foundation of the Christian religion, for if man be not fallen, he needs no Saviour. The Word of God clearly reveals the Fall, and it is abundantly proven by the history of his earthly career. Man, as he came from the hand of his Creator, was perfectly holy and happy. In him shone the following attributes of the Deity—love, righteousness, holiness, justice, goodness and truth. But by one voluntary act, he entailed upon himself the sure wages of sin, which is death—death temporal, death spiritual and death eternal. That day man’s body became mortal. His soul became spiritually dead. Eternal death was ever imminent. His unhappy offspring, born in his image, inherited the same depravity in their nature and consequently entailed the sure wages of sin, which is death.

(The Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland and Labrador, General Constitution and By-Laws, Revised June 1998, Article V. Statement of Fundamental and Essential Truths, page 5)

Man, His Creation
– In whose image and likeness did God make man (Genesis 1:26-27)?
– What does Genesis 1:26-31 tell us about what it meant for man to be created in the image of God?
– What else does “5. Man, His Fall and Redemption” tell us about what it meant for man to be created in the image of God?

Man, His Fall
– What did God tell Adam and Eve would happen to them if they disobeyed His command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16-17)?
– What does Genesis 3:1-7 tell us happened to Adam and Eve for disobeying God?
– What else does “5. Man, His Fall and Redemption” tell us happened to man for disobeying God?

Man, His Redemption
– What came into the world through Adam because of his disobedience (Romans 5:12)?
– What does Romans 5:12-21 tell us came into the world through Jesus Christ because of his obedience?
– What does “5. Man, His Fall and Redemption” tell us about man’s redemption?

[END OF MATERIAL ON SHEET]

I read the truth and we discussed the questions. Here are our answers to the questions. All Biblical quotations are from the ESV.

Man, His Creation
– God made man in the image of God.
– Genesis 1:26-31 tells us that man’s being created in the image of God involved his having dominion over all other living things on the earth. (We also noted that “man” consisted of both “male and female,” indicating an equality of the sexes.)
– “5. Man, His Fall and Redemption” tells us that man’s being created in the image of God meant that he was holy and happy and possessed the attributes of love, righteousness, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.

Man, His Fall
– God told Adam and Eve that they would die in the day that they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
– Genesis 3:1-7 tells us that when Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil their eyes were opened, they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves and made themselves loincloths. (We noted that in the light of Genesis 1:25, their knowing that they were naked involved their being ashamed that they were naked.)
– “5. Man, His Fall and Redemption” tells us that when Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they brought death upon themselves—temporal death, spiritual death, and eternal death—and that their offspring would inherit their depravity and also suffer death.

Man, His Redemption
– Sin and death came into the world through Adam because of his disobedience.
– Romans 5:12-21 tells us that the free gift of righteousness, justification, and life came into the world through Jesus Christ because of his obedience.
– “5. Man, His Fall and Redemption” tells us that man’s only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ.

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2 thoughts on “5. Man, His Fall and Redemption

  1. Allison

    God told Adam and Eve not to eat of tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:16-17)
    * Where do you suppose evil come from in the first place?
    * Why would God make a tree that allowed Adam and Eve to eat of evil?

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  2. Bob Hunter Post author

    * Where do you suppose evil come from in the first place?
    Evil came from God’s allowing Satan (and Adam/Eve) to choose whether to put God or himself (themselves) first.
    * Why would God make a tree that allowed Adam and Eve to eat of evil?
    God made the tree and told Adam and Eve not to eat of its fruit to test their love for Him. He wanted them to love (and obey) Him freely rather than because they had to.

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