After God completed the creation of the universe He crowned it with a beautiful masterpiece, namely the creation of man.
Man - Gods masterpiece:
"So God created man in his own image ... male and female created he them."
The Hebrew word "create" in this verse is "Bara" It means - a new creation
Never before had any other creature been created in Godís image or likeness.
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:"
The words image and likeness have two totally different meanings:
The Hebrew word for "image" is "Demooth". It means - in resemblance of
Man has the outward appearance of God and has a face, body, hands and feet.
The Hebrew word for "likeness" is "Charit ". Its meaning is similar to an - architectural plan.
An architectural plan of a house shows what it consists of. It could have several rooms, bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room. The Godhead is One Being, consisting of three Persons namely:
We are made in Godís architectural image and have three parts:
God is Tri-une and we are Tri-partate.
- God the Father
- Jesus Christ and
- The Holy Spirit
1 Thessalonians 5:23
"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
God created Adamís body with clay and then blew the breath of life into his nostrils. The breath became mans spirit. When the clay and the spirit came together, man became a living soul. Man therefore has a Body, Soul and a Spirit.
"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
This enabled man to have three kinds of consciousness:
Why was man created and for what purpose?
- With his Body he had world consciousness to communicate with the world.
- With his Soul he had self-consciousness and could communicate with himself.
- With his Spirit he had God consciousness to communicate with God who is Spirit.
There are five reasons why God created man:
The fall of Man
- Man was created to have a relationship with God.
God wanted to walk, talk and fellowship with man.
"And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou?"
- Man was created to replenish the earth.
God wanted man to have children, multiply and fill the earth with people. God wanted a large family of billions of people to love and care for.
"And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth."
- Man was created to subdue the earth.
"And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."
Man was placed in Authority and Management over all things on the earth.
- Man was created to enjoy everything on earth that God provided.
God gave man things to enjoy that were pleasant, good and satisfying.
"And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food;"
"And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: where there is gold;
- Man was created to be under Gods authority and discipline.
God wanted man to recognize and respect His authority. God tested mans submission and obedience to Him. They were perfect, without sin and God gave Adam and Eve a command. He expected them to obey it.
When they were disobedient and showed their disrespect for His authority, they were disciplined and punished by Him. God clearly warned them of the consequences of disobeying Him.
"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
This is described in:
"Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field, which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree, which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden."
Here satan came in the form of a serpent to tempt Adam and Eve. He caused them to doubt Gods word, disobey God and partake of the forbidden fruit. They experienced the after effects of their sin, feeling naked, defiled and guilty. They fled from Gods presence and hid in the garden.
The results of the fall of man into sin
The sin of Adam and Eve brought about five consequences:
The Bible reveals three kinds of sins that could be committed by man:
- Adam and Eve's sin came upon all men.
Sin came upon all Adam's descendants and therefore all people born into this world are in sin.
"Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."
Man's very nature is sinful.
1 John 5:19
"And the whole world lieth in wickedness."
- Therefore people continue to experience the process of sin:
This process is described in:
"But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death."
This process involves:
- An own lust that is in every person.
- This lust becoming a target for satan to tempt.
- Falling into temptation.
- Committing sin.
- Experiencing death.
- Every person has a weakness or own lust to sin.
Lust is a negative appetite for something. Every person has his or her own lust that craves for something that is sinful. There are many kinds of own lusts.
When this lust is enticed and yields to a temptation, it produces sin and then death.
Here is an example of a lust for money and how the sinful process works:
Jesus clearly teaches about this process.
- A person has a love for money. (Their own lust)
- They see money and are tempted to steal it. (Temptation)
- They decide to steal it. (Sin actually occurs in the mind.)
- They steal the money. (The fruit of the sin is the deed)
"But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."
Our own lust lies in three areas:
- The desires of the flesh. (Sexual and food appetites)
- The desires of the eyes. (Attractions and possessions)
- The pride of life. (Desires of exaltation, fame and pride)
I John 2:16
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life."
- The spirit of man is dead.
"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
Adam and Eve did not die physically the day they ate of the fruit. They died spiritually and their spiritual death passed on to all humanity.
1 Corinthians 15:22
"For as in Adam all die."
"For the wages of sin is death;"
- Because of sin, man is cursed.
"Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; And unto Adam he said; because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;"
This curse was passed on to all men and women in three ways:
- It was a curse of Toil and Sorrow.
- It was a curse of Mortality. (Experiencing sickness, frailty and death)
- It was a curse of Poverty. (Experiencing lack and want)
What an amazing destiny we have!
- Innocent sin
Innocent sin is better described, as a person unwittingly doing that which is wrong in the sight of God.
"Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us."
"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault."
This sin occurs when a person is suddenly, unexpectedly or unknowingly mislead by satan into sinning. We are assured that if we sin innocently, Jesus our Advocate will defend our case before God our Father. That he will procure our cleansing and forgiveness.
I John 2:1
"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:"
If we confess our sin, God will always forgive and cleanse us.
1 John 1:7-9
"The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
- Willful sin.
"For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins."
We sin willfully when we contemplate, plan and commit sin in spite of the conviction of the Holy Spirit not to do it. David knew this when he prayed this prayer:
"Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous (willful, planned) sins."
Against his better knowledge, David actually committed a willful sin by committing adultery with Bathsheba and then had her husband killed. From that moment, for the rest of his life David was punished for sinning willfully. His child died. His daughter was raped, his son Absalom arose up in rebellion against him and was killed. We are warned that willful sin is punishable by death.
"But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously (willfully) the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people."
Christians should not commit habitual, planned, willful sin. When we are born again spiritually we are a new creation in Christ. We are raised to a higher level of living. This new culture of Gods Kingdom has higher standards and expectations for us.
Planned and willful sinning should not be a part of the overcoming Christians mindset and life.
1 John 3:9
"Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God."
If a child of God commits a presumptuous sin, the sin may be forgiven but it is punishable.
1 John 5:16
"If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it."
Willful sin is actually called a sin unto death. It is not the sin against the Holy Spirit. An example of this is Ananias and Sapphira: They committed a willful, planned sin and it resulted in their death.
"But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: His wife, not knowing what was done, came in. And Peter answered unto her, tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, yea, for so much. Then she fell down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost:"
If we irresponsibly continue with planned sin in our life, we will reap what we sow.
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
The Lords Supper and willful sin:
We should partake worthily of the Lords Supper and those who participate with un-confessed sin will be judged.
1 Corinthians 11:27-30
"Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lords Body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep."
- The sin against the Holy Spirit.
This is also referred to as the unpardonable sin.
"Wherefore I say unto you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men."
This sin is described as speaking against the Holy Ghost.
"But whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him."
Here Jesus was speaking to men who were ascribing the mighty powerful works of the Holy Ghost to that of the devil. Jesus said that in doing that they were sinning against the Holy Ghost.
"But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, this fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils."
Sin is transgressing the Law or Commandments of God:
After being born again into Gods family we experience great change. It is totally contrary to our new Divine Nature as children of God, to want to break Gods Law.
"But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you. Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks."
1 John 5:18
"We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not."
2 Corinthians 6:17-18
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
Jesus gives a special promise of reward to those who overcome sin.
"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne."
God cannot be defeated or fail.
God is an Overcomer. He has ordained all Christians to be like Him. We who are Godís children are born again of Godís Seed which is Overcomer Seed.
Therefore by nature we are overcomers and should overcome.
1 John 2:13
"I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one.