In that Fall, the entire human race was plunged into Spiritual darkness, sin and death. In that terrible instance when man sinned against God, man died spiritually and became separated from Almighty God. Man, also became helpless in his ability to get back into a right relationship with God and from that moment all mankind fell into sin and ruin, so God made it His business to seek fallen man and attempt to establish a relationship with Him.
The truth is clearly presented in this story of the fall of Adam and the immediate aftermath of that disobedience.
The background is, God gave a command in Genesis Chapter 2 verse 16 “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil for ye will certainly die”
There are 5 very basic points that we can see ‘The salvation that God offers’
God came to them ~ Genesis Chapter 3 verse 8
1) Man has transgressed the commandment of God and had sinned. Now there was a great gulf fixed between man and God;
‘But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sin has hidden His face from you so that He will not hear’ (Isaiah Chapter 59 verse 2)
Apparently, it was God’s custom to join Adam in the cool of the day for fellowship and communion. Now that man had sinned, God had every right to stay away, but He came anyway ---- That is Grace
2) Man, still sins against God, and when a sinner’s heart is stirred and he is made aware of the great Love of God – that is just the Lord walking in the cool of the day seeking a wayward soul;
‘For the son of Man came to seek and save the lost’ (Luke Chapter 19 verse 10)
God Called them ~ Genesis Chapter 3 verses 9-10
1) God didn’t come to look upon their misery. He came to call out Adam
They were now dead in sin
‘As for you, you were dead in transgressions and Sin’
It is only at the call of God that a sinner is saved see John Chapter 6 verses 44 - 45
‘No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them ...... Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from Him comes to Him’
God Confronted them ~ Genesis Chapter 3 verses 11
1) God will always challenge you and I on the basis of sin.
He would have been within His rights to cut them off for ever but He came to them and confronted them.
God calls us to repent!
Repentance unto life is a Saving Grace (Shorter Catechism No. 87)
It is the pure Grace of God that shows the sinner the error of his ways.
‘There is a way that appears to be right but the end it leads to death’ (Proverbs Chapter 16 verse 25)
It may be painful to see yourself as you really are but fellow Sir Knights nothing but the Blood of Jesus Christ can save, and outside of that sinners will awake in Hell to be tormented day and night forever and forever.
God Chastised them ~ Genesis Chapter 3 verses 12 -20
It may be painful for them to face this chastisement but the Lord did it in pure Love.
Genesis Chapter 2 verses 16 & 17 ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil ye will certainly die’
The God that created and sustained them;
The God that they had sinned against;
The God they were hiding from (Don’t cover or hide your sin) – God knows it all.
God Clothed them ~ Genesis Chapter 3 verse 21
God takes them and clothes them in His righteous - coats of skins, divinely provided garments through the slaying of God’s own creation, shedding the blood of that creation to enable them to be made fit for God’s presence.
Yes, we sing
“O perfect redemption the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God,
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives”
Does this not speak to us of Calvary where the God of all mercy and Grace allowed His Own Son the Lord Jesus Christ to take upon Himself all the sin of the world, bear that on His own body that we might be cleansed from all of our sin, ‘The Lord has laid upon Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all’.
See from His head, His hands, His feet!
Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did ere such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
We can never forget the agony of Gethsemane, the suffering and bleeding at Calvary when He took our sin and our sorrow and where the battered broken body of the Lord Jesus Christ hung upon that centre Cross until every drop of His blood was shed for our sin.
Can we by faith here Him cry in that dark hour “it is finished”. Can we hear Him cry “Father unto Thy hands I commend my Spirit” finishing the work that he came in the fullness of God’s time to do? As we have considered the fall of man through sin and disobedience, do we fully understand that wonderful salvation being offered in Christ.
Is God now asking personally “where are you?” in relation to my dear Son, are you in Adam or in Christ as a new creation? Are you saved from sin and God’s wrath or lost wandering away in self-righteousness? Are you working and witnessing for Christ on the road to Heaven dressed in the Holy garments of God’s righteousness or are you against Him on the road to a lost eternity in hell. Only you and God know the answer but what a terrible tragedy it is to be against Him.
I have shown as far as I know how - that people by nature are sinners - how each one of us needs God’s mercy and forgiveness, of how God gave His Only Begotten Son in His love for us, that Jesus might suffer alone the agony in Gethsemane’s garden, the torments of the Cross, the shame of that death with criminals in order that you and I may enjoy His salvation freely given.
Oh yes, there is pardon and salvation for all but we must come and accept Him for that peace and joy. Will you do that?
Dear people, today please don’t take the risk concerning Salvation and be lost but turn and trust Jesus, invite Him to forgive all sin and as Robert Murray McCheyne put it - that He would ‘make me as holy as it is possible for a saved sinner to be’
Right Worshipful Sir Knight Raymond Adams