005 Purpose in the Fall of Man

Purpose in the Fall of Man

Txt: Gen. 3

The first sin was like Elijah’s cloud, it was little at the beginning, but it blackened the whole havens.

By one man sin entered, and death came upon all.

By Man (Christ) came also resurrection and life

(1 Corinthians 15:21-22).

We have here the revelation of some roof principles.

There are:

I. Satanic Teaching (v. 4)

“Ye shall not surely die.”

– The personality of the devil is clearly implied.

– He does not say “There is on God,” but he suggests that God does not mean what He says, or if He does, He is not a God of mercy.

– His great purpose I ever to mar the design of God toward man. Wiles of the devil,.

II. Carnal Reasoning (v. 6)

She saw, because she looked, and, judging by appearance, she desired, and when the desire was nourished it grew into a deliberate act, she took. Then, not satisfied with the taking for herself, she gave.

The process may have been something like this:

1. Giving heed to the tempter;

2. Forgetting God’s mercies;

3. Looking at the forbidden thing;

4. Wishing God had not forbidden it;

5. Doubting the Word of God;

6. Believing Satan’s lie;

7. Yielding to taste.

III. Presumptuous Working (v. 7)

“They sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons”

– Their eyes were opened.

– Sin opened the eyes of the saints to see their own weakness, while it blinds the eyes the ungodly.

– This is a vain attempt to cover sinful self.

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper”

(Proverbs 28:13).

– Why not confess and receive forgiveness (1 John 1:9).

IV. Guilty Concealing (v. 8)

“They hid themselves”

– Hid among the trees of the garden, among the very blessings God had given them.

– Many still hide behind the gifts of God while they live in sin.

– The “voice of the Lord” is always a terror to evil-doers.’

– It is in vain for man to hide anywhere from God.

“I flee to Thee to hide me.” (Psalm 143:9)

– Sin always separates from God

V. Divine Seeking (v. 9)

“Where art thou?”

– This is a call of grace.

– God is always the first seeker.

– When would Adam have sought God?

This divine question

1. Reveals great compassion (seeking the lost sheep)

2. Awakens conviction (leading to deep heart-searching)

3. Demands confession (yield and unburden all to God)

4. Suggests judgement (there is no escape from Him)

VI. Vain Excusing (v. 12)

“The woman that Thou gavest, she gave me”

– His mouth has not yet been stopped (Rom. 3:19).

– God justifies the believer, not the boaster.

– If men don’t now lay the blame on God, they go as near  as possible when they blame the circumstances.

– There is no excuse for doubting God.

VII. Merciful Covering (v. 21)

“God made coats of skin and clothed them.”

– Man’s bets will never cover his nakedness in the sight of God.

– These coats of skin suggests sacrifice.

– It is significant to remember that atonement means covering.

– Adam’s covering was the covering of another, substitution.

– It was of Gods making and giving, the righteousness of God, which is unto all and upon all the, that believe.


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