“For as in Adam
all die, so in
Christ all will be
1 Corinthians 15:22
A. The result of sin.
1. First: Judgment…
2. Then: Death.
C. The new creation.
1. First: A new heart.
2. Then: A new life… new
B. The divine solution.
1. First: Love.
2. Then: The substitute
How did God respond to Adam and Eve’s sin
He got close to them in an audible
way so they could prepare
themselves to meet Him (v. 8)
He carried out the investigative
judgment so they could voluntarily
admit their sin (v. 9-13)
He proclaimed the final victory over
sin through the descendant of the
woman (v. 15)
He taught an object lesson in divine
grace: A death (an animal’s instead of
theirs) was used to cover their naked
body (v. 21)
That animal sacrifice that covered their
nakedness symbolized the death of the
Son of God that would cover their sin.
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the
world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to
all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12)
What is man? It’s a mix of various elements that
decompose and become dust if they are not driven by
the breath of life. We come back to dust because we
were made of dust.
When God created the man from dust, he wasn’t
meant to come back to dust. God wanted him to keep “You hide Your face, they are
the breath of life He gave him forever.
troubled; You take away their
But life may only exist in contact with the source of
life. There is no life when there is separation from
God. Sin separates the man from God (Isaiah 59:2)
breath, they die and return to their
dust. You send forth Your Spirit,
they are created; and You renew
the face of the earth”
The life we are living in this sinful world is a proof of God’s merciful
grace, who does not want “that any should perish but that all should
come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9)
“The same power that upholds nature is
working also in man. The same great laws that
guide alike the star and the atom control human
life. The laws that govern the heart’s action,
regulating the flow of the current of life to the
body, are the laws of the mighty Intelligence that
has the jurisdiction of the soul. From Him all life
proceeds. Only in harmony with Him can be found
its true sphere of action. For all the objects of His
creation the condition is the same—a life sustained
by receiving the life of God, a life exercised in
harmony with the Creator’s will. To transgress His
law—physical, mental, or moral—is to place one’s
self out of harmony with the universe, to introduce
discord, anarchy, ruin”
E.G.W. (Child Guidance, cp. 7, pg. 55)
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that
while we were still sinners, Christ died for us… For if
when we were enemies we were reconciled to God
through the death of His Son, much more, having been
reconciled, we shall be saved by His life” (Romans 5:8, 10)
When we sin we run away from God like Adam and Eve did. We act like God was
our enemy and we wouldn’t want to have any kind of relationship with Him.
But God’s love is so great that He creates the desire of becoming reconciled,
repenting, asking for forgiveness and coming back to Him in us.
God’s love is so immense that He does everything possible save everyone, so no
one should perish but everyone could have everlasting life.
God’s love is so perfect that He gave His own life to achieve that.
“And about the ninth hour
Jesus cried out with a loud
voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama
sabachthani?” that is, “My
God, My God, why have You
forsaken Me?”” (Matthew
“Fallen men could not have a home in the paradise of God
without the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Shall
we not then exalt the cross of Christ?” E.G.W. (Our High Calling, February 8)
Redemption is an act of creation: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew
a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10) When we are redeemed, we put off “the
old man” and put in “the new man” that has been created “according to the
image of Him who created him” (Colossians 3:9-10) We are “a new creation”
(2 Corinthians 5:17) to live a life of holiness with our Creator.
The person who is “in Christ” is a new creation.
The old way of thinking must be taken away and
replaced with a newly created mind. Our new mind is
created for good works, in accordance with God’s will.
“Through the power of Christ, men and women have broken the
chains of sinful habit. They have renounced selfishness. The
profane have become reverent, the drunken sober, the profligate
pure. Souls that have borne the likeness of Satan have become
transformed into the image of God.
This change is in itself the
miracle of miracles. A
change wrought by the
Word, it is one of the
deepest mysteries of the
Word. We cannot
understand it; we can only
believe, as declared by the
Scriptures, it is “Christ in
you, the hope of glory.””
E.G.W. (The Acts of the
Apostles, cp. 45, pg. 476)
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