God’s Holy Spirit And The Sin Of The World
I. Overview: John 1:29: The Sin Of The World
A. Scripture: The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
B. Consider the sin of the world, as opposed to the daily sins of the people of the world.
C. Consider the consequences of the sin of the world, as they relate to all of God’s creation.
II. The Creation Of Man: Genesis 1:26
A. Scripture: Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness ;
B. Comments: Man was made in a moral and natural similarity to God. After man sinned, he lost the moral likeness, which was his sinlessness. However, his natural likeness of emotions, will, and intellect were still retained by man.
III. The State Of Man: Genesis 1:31
A. Scripture: God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.
1. Consider the state of man (Body, Soul, Spirit, 1 Thessalonians 5:23). It was perfect.
2. Consider the state of the remainder of God’s creation. It was perfect.
IV. God’s Instructions To The Man: Genesis 2:15-17
A. Scripture: 15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. 16 The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely ; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
B. Comments: Consider God’s conversation with his created man.
1. “You can eat from from any tree in the garden, except the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”
2. “If you eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, you will die.”
a. Death indicated separation (spiritual, physical, eternal). Immediately upon the sin of Adam and Eve, they experienced a spiritual death. God was merciful however, in that they did not die physically, until much later (Genesis 5:5, “So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died.”)
b. Consider the aspects of the death that would come upon Adam and Eve (spiritual, physical, eternal).
c. Consider the consequences of the remainder of God’s creation that resulted from the “sins” of Adam and Eve.
d. Consider the result upon mankind of the “sin” of the world …
V. The Yielding Of The Man and Woman To Sin: Genesis 3:6
A. Scripture: 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 desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
B. Comment: Consider the temptation, progression, and result of sin, as related to Adam and Eve and to us today.
C. Comment: Sin will take you to places that you did not want to go, and will keep you there longer than you wanted to stay.
VI. The Attempt Of The Man And Woman To Cover Their Sin: Genesis 3:7.
A. Scripture: Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.
B. Comments: The man and woman knew, “were intimate with the fact “that they had disobeyed God. They didn’t know anything to do, but to do a “cover up.” They were no longer of a righteous state. 1 Corinthians 2:14 makes a statement of their spiritual condition. “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he can not understand them, because they are spiritually appraised;” this is a result of their fall. This condition exists with people who have not been born again. They are people who have a flawed and fallen spirit within them. They don’t have God’s Spirit indwelling them, so they don’t have the influences of the Holy Spirit. These people don’t know that their sinful condition can be changed to a condition of righteousness by God.
VII. The Expulsion Of The Man And Woman From The Garden (They had a need for someone to remove them from their flawed state and consequence of sin). Genesis 3:22-24
A. Scripture: 22 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil ; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever “- 23 therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.
B. Comments: Consider man living forever in the garden; God driving man out of the garden; God preventing man from going back into the garden where he would ever be with his sin, where he would have to pay the debt for his sin: (Romans 6:23) “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This is an example of people who have been born again; they can not be “unborn.” Once their state of “sin” has been changed to one of righteousness, they can not be “unborn.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” The born again experience places a person in Christ, because of his having a new, unblemished, righteous spirit. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. It is important to understand the words, “in Christ.” That is our spirit literally being “in Christ.” John 10:28 provides comfort for those who have been born again, “I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” The born-again spirit is righteous and can not become one that is unrighteous.
VII. The Result Of The Fall: Romans 5:12.
A. Scripture: Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned–
B. Comments: After the fall of Adam and Eve, their total state of being became flawed. That included their body, soul, and spirit. In essence, Adam and Eve became “Sin.” And, because they “had become sin,” they began to sin. Every person who was born of Adam and Eve was/is born with the same flawed body, soul, and spirit as was with Adam and Eve. Immediately upon conception, death begins.(Romans 5:12). Immediately upon conception, a spirit has been projected into eternity. The situation with every person, or embryo, is that of Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” It is not the day to day wrongs that we do that cause us to “fall short of the glory of God.” It is the state that all of us inherit, due to the flawed spirit, soul, and body that came from Adam and Eve. Very directly, we can see that the flawed sperm and egg of Adam and Eve created children who inherited the same flawed state of life, body, soul, and spirit. In each sperm and egg were life, more correctly stated, “flawed life,” life that is need of a Savior, who can redeem us from our eternal separation from God: Romans 3:24, “being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;”
A. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says that Jesus, “who knew no sin became sin so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Christ).” That identifies each created human being as “being sin.” There is nothing righteous about our spirit. We can not stand before a Holy God because of our state of “sin.” When Jesus was on the cross, and He was taking on Himself the sin of the world, He felt the separation from God that we all will experience if we are not born again. He felt the wrath of God coming on Him as He was taking the sin of the world on Him, so that He could pay sin’s debt. (Matthew 27:46), “About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” that is, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?” Our situation before we were born again can best be described as follows: We “are sin” and know nothing of a savior (1 Corinthians 1:18), “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing …” We were all perishing until we were born again.
B. Upon conception every person needs a savior. We can’t earn salvation, per Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;” All who have that grace also believe. Per John 3:18, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
C. What can we can about people who do not have the ability to believe in Jesus? Consider 1 John 4:8, :…God is love.” Consider Luke 19:10, ” “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” God desires all to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). God is not wishing for any to perish.. (2 Peter 3:9). Jesus did not come into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:17).
D. Not all people will be saved. Revelation 20:15, “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
E. The way to avoid the condemnation of God can be found in Romans 8:1, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. This verse relates to John 3:18: “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” The requirement is for a person to be “in Christ.”
F. The words of John 21:25 can easily relate to any study of God’s Holy Word. “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.” In a study of sin and redemption, there are things that are written in the Bible that must be considered, and not ignored. Consider: John 1:9, the calling of the Holy Spirit; Romans 1:28, reprobation; Ephesians 1:4-5, election; Romans 8:28, God’s purpose; and 1 John 4:8, God’s love.
G. Final Statement. Believers in Christ have been commissioned by Him to evangelize the world (Matthew 28:18-20/Acts 1:8) The Romans Road is a good route for us to follow. Consider the following: Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Romans 5:8; Romans 10:9, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;”