Genesis 3:8-24, Romans 5:12-19, I Corinthians 15:45-49, Hebrews 10:19, Acts 3:19-21, Ephesians 5:22-33 & Romans 8:19-25
We looked at the last two-thirds of Genesis 3, which describes the aftermath of the first sin. Drawing a correlation to today, Pastor Steve said if he failed to pay his bills and his house went into foreclosure, his children would suffer for his sin—just as we suffer because of Adam’s. Fortunately, we don’t have to be ruled by the sin nature because of the last Man, Jesus. Through Him we can break free of Adam’s influence. Among the many other scriptures Steve looked at was 1 Corinthians 15:45-49, which talks about how spiritual Jesus followed earthly Adam. Just as we bear the image of Adam in our bodies, through Christ we become spiritual beings who bear His image. We are saved by grace; no amount of good deeds can. And Genesis 3 is how we got in this condition.
Like Adam, our temptation when we sin is to run away from God, Steve said. We also show the image of Adam when we try to justify our sin by explaining it away. But Hebrews 10:29-25 says we can draw near to Him. We also must learn to, as God instructed Cain in Genesis 4:7, to rule over sin and master it when it tries to dominate us.
The messed-up nature of men and women goes back to Adam and Eve, Steve pointed out. When God explained the consequences of sin, He told Eve she would have a desire to manipulate Adam to rule him, and his response would be sinful and domineering. Thus was set the pattern for males and females set.
Sex is part of the manipulation women use, Steve said, which is shown by the frequency with which it is used to sell products—specifically the female body is used to give women a sense of power. Satan approaching Eve instead of Adam shows how the devil has been trying to twist things out of order from the beginning of time. By surrendering his role, Adam allowed Eve to lead.
Steve said the way to address this imbalanced situation is through Ephesians 5:22-33, which says wives should submit to their husbands and husbands are to view their wives as precious as their own body. The husband is to be head of the household, as shown by Genesis 3:9, when God came to the garden and asked Adam, “Where are you?”
The results of sin were dreadful. Bears didn’t maul people until sin entered the world and thorns and thistles showed up too. Romans 8:19-22 talks about creation “groaning” because of sin. We are eagerly awaiting full adoption as His sons when we go to heaven. The good news is Christ is coming. We are born again and filled with hope.