BCL Grow: The Fall — Genesis 3:4-6
Genesis 3:4-6 (Fall of Man)
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. — Genesis 3:4-6
Q. But does not God do man an injustice by requiring in his law what man cannot do?
A. No, for God so created man that he was able to do it. But man, at the instigation of the devil, in deliberate disobedience robbed himself and all his descendants of these gifts. — Heidelberg Catechism, Question & Answer 9.
3 Steps to Take
1. Ask: Why do you think Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge and evil against God’s command instead of being content with all the good things God had given them?
2. Ponder: God created humans in righteousness and holiness with the ability to obey him, but because of Adam’s rebellion all of his descendants stand guilty before God. Furthermore all humans heap more condemnation upon themselves by their own personal sins.
3. Rejoice: The righteousness of Christ and his perfect sacrifice are imputed (credited, counted) to all who trust in Christ alone. This is why God sent his Son into the world to be born in the flesh—to be the second Adam who would keep all God’s law and defeat sin, death, and the devil and earn life for all who who receive him by God’s grace alone through faith alone.
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