The Fall and
Redemption of Man
and Nature of Sin
is sin declared to be?
who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is
lawlessness. 1 John 3:4.
precedes the manifestation of sin?
after desire has conceived, it gives birth
to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, gives
birth to death. James 1:15.
Results of Sin
is the final result, or fruit, of sin?
the wages of sin is death, but the gift of
God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our
how many of the human race did death pass as a
result of Adams transgression?
just as sin entered the world through one man,
and death through sin, and in this way death
came to all men, because all sinned
Romans 5:12. For as in Adam all die,
so in Christ all will made alive. 1
was the earth itself and its vegetation affected
by Adams sin?
Adam he said, Because you listened to your
wife and ate from the tree about which I
commanded you, You must not eat of
it, Cursed is the ground
because of you; through painful toil you will eat
of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns
and thistles for you, and you will eat the
plants of the field. Genesis 3:17, 18.
additional curse came as a result of the first
the Lord said to Cain, Where is your
brother Abel? Am I my brothers
keeper? The Lord said, What have you
done? Listen! Your brothers blood cries out
to me from the ground. Now you are under a
curse and driven from the ground, which
opened its mouth to receive your brothers
blood from your hand. When you work the
ground, it will no longer yield its crops
for you. You will be a restless wanderer on
terrible judgment came as a consequence of
continued sin and transgression against God?
the Lord said, I will wipe mankind, whom I
have created, from the face of the earth
men and animals, creatures that move along the
ground, and the birds of the air for I am
grieved that I have made them. So God said
to Noah, I am going to put an end to all
people, for the earth is filled with violence
because of them. I am surely going to destroy
both them and the earth. Noah was six
hundred years old when the floodwaters
came on the earth. In the sixth hundredth year of
Noahs life, on the seventeenth day of the
second month on that day all the
springs of the great deep burst forth, and
the floodgates of the heavens were opened.
Genesis 6:7, 13; 7: 6, 11.
the flood, what came as a consequence of further
apostasy from God?
the Lord came down to see the city and the tower
that men were building. But the Lord said,
If as one people speaking the same language
they have begun to do this, then nothing they
plan will be impossible for them. Come, let us go
down and confuse their language so they
will not understand each other. So the
Lord scattered them from there over all the
earth, and they stopped building the city.
what condition has sin brought the entire
know that the whole creation has been groaning
as one in the pains of childbirth right up
to the present time. Romans 8:22.
Delay in Destroying Sin
explains Gods apparent delay in dealing
Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some
understand slowness. He is patient with
you, not wanting anyone to perish, but
everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter
is Gods attitude toward the sinner?
I take no pleasure in the death of anyone,
declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!
man free himself from the dominion of sin?
the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his
spots? Neither can you do good who are
accustomed to doing evil. Jeremiah
place has the will in determining whether man
shall have life?
Spirit and the bride say, Come! And
let him who hears say, Come! Whoever
is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let
him take the free gift of the water of life.
the Sinner, and Satan
what extent has Christ suffered for sinners?
he was pierced for our transgressions, he
was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment
that brought us peace was upon him, and by his
wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5.
what purpose was Christ manifested?
you know that he appeared so that he might
take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No
one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who
continues to sin has either seen him or known
him. Dear Children, do not let anyone lead you
astray. He who does what is right is righteous,
just as he is righteous. He who does what is
sinful is of the devil, because the devil has
been sinning from the beginning. The reason
the Son of God appeared was to destroy the
devils work. 1 John 3:5-8.
was one direct purpose of the incarnation of
the children have flesh and blood, he too shared
in their humanity so that by his death he
might destroy him who holds the power of death
that is, the devil.
End of Sin and Sorrow
triumphant chorus will mark the end of the reign
I heard every creature in heaven and on the earth
and under the earth and on the sea, and all that
was in them, singing: To him who sits on
the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor
and glory and power, for ever and ever!
and by what means will the effects of sin be
the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The
heavens will disappear with a roar; the
elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth
and everything in it will be laid bare.
2 Peter 3:10.
thoroughly will the effects of sin be removed?
will wipe every tear from their eyes.
There will be no more death or mourning or
crying or pain, for the old order of things
has passed away. Revelation 21:4.
No longer will there be any curse.
The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the
city, and his servants will serve him.
sin and its evil results ever appear again?
will be no more death. Revelation
21:4. And there will be no more curse.
Revelation 22:3. Whatever they plot against
the Lord he will bring to an end; trouble will
not come a second time. Nahum 1:9.
Rises Above the Mystery and Despair of Sin
sin exists none can deny. Why it was permitted
has perplexed many minds. But He who can bring
light out of darkness (2 Corinthians 4:6), make
the wrath of man to praise him (Psalm 76:
10), and turn a curse into a blessing (Deuteronomy
23:5) can bring out of evil, and turn mistakes
and downfalls into steppingstones to higher
ground. Heaven will be happier for the sorrows of
earth. Sorrows remembered sweeten present
joy, say Robert Pollok in The Course of
Time, Book 1. In the final outcome it will
seem that all things have worked together for
good to them that love God. (See Romans
no poem ever written outside the Bible better
expresses the triumphant faith that trusts Gods
merciful, loving, though mysterious, purpose,
which He is working out through the dark shadows
of earths evil and sorrow, better than does
this beloved hymn by William Cowper. Here is the
illumination of the words of the Apostle James,
who tells us that by faith ye
seen the end of the Lord (His purpose, His
objective); that the Lord is very pitiful, and of
tender mercy. James 5:11. Cowper wrote
these words out of his own despair brought on by
the mental disease melancholia. If he could so
trust God through his life and for the future,
who of us need have anything but trustful praise
for the tender loving Father, whose hand will
never cause His child a tear not needed for
chastening or discipline? The fire of the furnace
of affliction in which He has chosen us is not
burning away our dross; it is presided over the
divine alchemist, who sits as a refiner of
silver, patiently waiting till the precious ore
of our character is so refined that it reflects
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill,
He treasures up His bright designs,
And works His sovereign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage
The clouds ye so much dread
And big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.
Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan His face in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.
- William Cowper.