The Fall From Grace
Bible Text: Genesis 3 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst | Genesis 3:1-3: Satan appeared as a serpent. He is always in some kind of disguise (II-Corinthians 11:14). Satan’s first means of attack is to get believers to question God’s Word (Genesis 2:16 and 17). He is still at it today (Psalm 12:6).
Genesis 3:4: Satan seeks to redefine God’s Word. “God said this, but, He really meant that.” The six days of creation become six long ages of time. The account of the flood becomes a story about God’s displeasure with sin. The Book of Revelation becomes an illustration of a battle between good and evil.
Genesis 3:5: Satan exploits our desire for self rule. He wants us to yell up to God “You’re not the boss of me!” in Romans 1:1 Paul calls himself “A servant of Jesus Christ”, most of us want to be master. Satan knows us better than we know ourselves.
Genesis 3:6: Sin always looks very good (Proverbs 6:24 and 25).
Genesis 3:7: Innocence is lost. Their conscience is made operable. Their guilt is clear to them but they have no idea how to atone. Man’s first attempt to atone is to cover up their sin. It does not work! God sees through our best cover ups (Psalm 90:8).
Genesis 3:8: The next attempt to atone is to run and hide (Psalm 139:7-10).
Genesis 3:9-11: God is still calling sinners who are still running from Him (Isaiah 1:18). Bring your sin to God. He is your only means of help with it.
Genesis 3:12: Adam blames it on the woman or ultimately even God.
Genesis 3:13: Eve blames it on the devil.
Our sins are our own (Psalm 51:4).
Genesis 3:14 and 15: Satan bruised Christ’s heel at Calvary.
Christ will crush Satan’s head in the end times.
Genesis 3:16-18: Sin always has immediate consequences (Galatians 6:7).
Eve (women) will have sorrow in childbirth and serve their husbands.
Adam will labor rigorously and often in van to eke out his living.
Genesis 3:19: Adam spiritually died (Ezekiel 18:4 and Romans 5:12).
Genesis 3:20 and 21: God’s response and answer to mans sin was the shedding of blood. Covering it up, running and hiding or casting the blame on others would not work. Blood and only blood can atone for sin (Leviticus 17:11, Hebrews 9:22 and Colossians 1:20).