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Genesis Three: The Fall of Man (Part 2)

SATURDAY, August 30
Prayer
Praise: To God Be the Glory
Memorize Thy Word: Romans 5:19: “For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.”
 Romans 5:8: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
 Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Memorize: The Minor Prophets
Lesson: Man Disrobed of God’s Holiness

 1. Read Genesis 3:6-7: “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. 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.”
  A. Created in God’s image, could it be that before Adam and Eve sinned that they were clothed in holiness, but as soon as they sinned, they were immediately stripped of the Holy Light that cloaks God Himself?
   1. Psalm 104:1,2: “… Thou art clothed with splendor and majesty, covering Thyself with light as with a cloak …”
   2. Psalm 89:15: “How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O Lord, they walk in the light of Thy countenance.”
   3. Exodus 34:29,30,35: “… Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because of his speaking with Him…. the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him…. the skin of Moses’ face shone. So Moses would replace the veil over his face ...”
   4. Luke 9:29: “And while He [Jesus] was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming.”
   5. Revelation 7:13-17: “… These who are clothed in the white robes … These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple … for the Lamb … shall be their shepherd, and shall guide them to springs of the water of life.”
  B. Disrobed of all holiness, the joy and peace that once filled Adam and Eve’s hearts was now replaced with shame and guilt.
   1. Isaiah 47:3: “Your nakedness will be uncovered, your shame also will be exposed …”
   2. Lamentations 1:8: “Jerusalem sinned greatly, therefore she has become an unclean thing. All who honored her despise her because they have seen her nakedness; even she herself groans and turns away.”
   3. Nakedness means unclean; exposed sin; shameful.

SUNDAY, August 31
Prayer
Praise: To God Be the Glory
Memorize Thy Word: Romans 5:19, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23
Memorize: The Minor Prophets
Lesson: Adam and Eve’s Rebellion

 1. Read Genesis 3:8-10: “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ And he said, ‘I heard the sound of Thee in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.’”
  A. We cannot fully grasp how wonderful it must have been to have had communion with God each day, as He personally came down to earth to walk and talk with His children. Before sin entered their beings, Adam and Eve would have happily greeted their Father as other children do when their father arrives home. Yet because of their disobedience, this had now all changed.
   1. Deuteronomy 23:14: “Since the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp to deliver you and to defeat your enemies before you, therefore your camp must be holy; and He must not see anything indecent among you lest He turn away from you.”
   2. Leviticus 26:11-16: “ … I will make My dwelling among you … I will also walk among you and be your God … I am the Lord your God … But if you do not obey Me and do not carry out all these commandments … so break My covenant, I, in turn, will do this to you: I will appoint over you a sudden terror …”
   3. Hebrews 10:31: “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
   4. Isaiah 6:1-7: “… I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.’ And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Then I said, ‘Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.’ Then one of the seraphim flew to me, with a burning coal in his hand which he had taken from the altar with tongs. And he touched my mouth with it and said, ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away, and your sin is forgiven.’”
   5. Revelation 1: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave … to His bond-servant John … I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet … And I turned to see … seven golden lampstands; and in the middle of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His breast with a golden girdle. And His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire; and His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been caused to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. And in His right hand He held seven stars; and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as a dead man. And He laid His right hand upon me saying, ‘Do not be afraid …’”
   6. This depicts a truly holy, awesome God—one to be feared.
  B. Knowing full well what Adam and Eve had done, God could have completely obliterated His disobedient creatures, yet God did not run to them in anger so as to wipe them out, but instead, He came walking and talking to them as He always had.
   1. Read Exodus 34:6,7: “Then the Lord passed by in front of him [Moses] and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”
   2. Read Psalm 103:8-18: “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He will not always strive with us; nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. As for man, his days are like grass … But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep His covenant, and who remember His precepts to do them.”
   3. Is it not marvelous to realize that He has compassion on us and that His lovingkindness is from everlasting to everlasting!
   4. God is always providing us with examples so we know how to live. James 1:19,20: “… But let everyone be … slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.”
  C. We must pay particular attention to the fact that it was God who came to man. For if God had not sought after man, we can be certain that man would have continued to walk in rebellion because we know that there is no righteousness in the sin nature that resulted from Adam and Eve’s disobedience. Now that sin had entered Adam, Adam was totally incapable of any good, for apart from God’s goodness, there is no goodness at all. Adam, therefore, would have forever been separated from God if God had not sought after him.
   1. Romans 3:10-18: “As it is written [in Psalms], “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one. Their throat is an open grave, with their tongues they keep deceiving, the poison of asps in under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are swift to shed blood, destruction and misery are in their paths, and the path of peace have they not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
   2. Romans 7:18: “For I know that nothing good dwells in me …”
   3. Jeremiah 17:9: “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can know it?”
   4. Romans 5:8: “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
   5. 2 Timothy 1:9,10: “Who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
   6. Ephesians 2:1-9: “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. Bu God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.”
   7. Philippians 2:13: “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
  D. For the very first time in their lives, Adam and Eve were afraid of their Heavenly Father who had been so precious to them, because their sins now brought judgment from a Holy God. Now fearing Him, they tried to hide from God-but we can be certain that no one can hide from God.
   1. John 3:19: “… men love the darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil.”
   2. Jeremiah 23:24: “‘Can a man hide himself in hiding places, so I do not see him?’ declares the Lord. ‘Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?’ declares the Lord.”
   3. Psalm 139:7-12: “Where can I go from Thy Spirit? Or where can I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Thy hand will lead me, and Thy right hand will lay hold of me. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to Thee, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to Thee.”
 2. Read Genesis 3:11: “And He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’”
  A. We must make no mistake in thinking that God did not know what Adam and Eve had done just because He asked this question. God knows everything.
   1. Revelation 2:2: “I know your deeds …”
   2. Psalms 1:6: “For the Lord knows the way of the righteous …”
   3. Psalm 139:1-6: “O Lord, Thou hast searched me and known me. Thou dost know when I sit down and when I rise up; Thou dost understand my thought from afar. Thou dost scrutinize my path and my lying down, and art intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O Lord, Thou dost know it all. Thou hast enclosed me behind and before, and laid Thy hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain to it.”
   4. Romans 11:33-36: “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”
  B. Instead, we must realize that God knows all things, but for our benefit, is instructing us by example, in showing us that we must confess with our own mouths, our own sins.
   1. Matthew 3:6: “And they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.”
   2. 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
  C. Even though King David sinned very much, yet God called him a man after His own heart. Why? Because David loved God very much and wanted to please Him in all that he did, but inheriting the sinful nature of his father, Adam, David sinned, as do the rest of us. However, whenever David realized that he had sinned against God, he wept over his sins and mourned over his sins and confessed his sins to God and asked God to forgive him. He truly offered God a contrite and broken heart.
   1. For a beautiful example of a deep, heartfelt, humble and sincere confession, read David’s confession of his sins of adultery and murder when he realized the enormity of the sins he had committed against God, after the prophet Nathan confronted him. Psalm 51:1-17: “Be gracious to me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Thy compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against Thee, Thee only, I have sinned, and done what is evil in Thy sight, so that Thou art justified when Thou dost speak, and blameless when Thou dost judge. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. Behold, Thou dost desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part Thou wilt make me know wisdom. Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness, let the bones which Thou hast broken rejoice. Hide Thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Thy presence, and do not take Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation, and sustain me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Thy ways, and sinners will be converted to Thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation; then my tongue will joyfully sing of Thy righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, that my mouth may declare Thy praise. For Thou dost not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; Thou art not pleased with burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.”
 3. Read Genesis 3:12,13: “And the man said, ‘The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.’ Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ And the woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’”
  A. How absolutely hideous for Adam to have blamed God for his sins, in saying that it was the wife God gave him that caused him to sin.
   1. Read James 1:12-18: “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow. In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we might be, as it were, the first fruits among His creatures.”
   2. Isn’t it great to know that God does not tempt anyone, for He is a holy God; that every good thing and every perfect gift is from above; and that God does not vary or change in any way. Our God is an awesome God!
   3. We must never blame God for our sins, since our hearts are hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:12,13: “Take care, brethren, lest there should be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart, in falling away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today”, lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
  B. Years ago, “The devil made me do it” was a very popular saying, and one in which many people used to excuse their sins, but in truth, we can blame no one for our sins. For no one can make us sin! How pitiful that Adam and Eve each placed the blame on someone other than where the blame deserved to be placed—on themselves. Sadly, they were more concerned about saving their face than bowing their faces to the ground and begging God to pardon them for the great iniquity that they each had committed against Him. Oh, how our Adamic natures continue to walk in the steps of our father, as we, too, often place blame on others instead of begging God to forgive us for our sins. How often do we blame others or circumstances because we fear the condemnation of men rather than the condemnation of God, when in fact we need to fear God more than many.
   1. When Nehemiah had rebuilt the wall, he placed “a faithful man [who] feared God more than many” in charge of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 7:2).
   2. Matthew 10:28: “And do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
   3. We should follow Job’s example, who feared God greatly, not man.
   4. In Job 31:33-37: “Have I covered my transgressions like Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom, because I feared the great multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me … Surely I would carry it on my shoulder; I would bind it to myself like a crown. I would declare to Him the number of my steps; like a prince I would approach Him.”
   5. As the priest of his home, being careful so as not to sin against God in any way, Job offered burnt offerings to God on behalf of his own children just in case they had sinned against God. Job 1:1,5: “Job … was blameless, upright, fearing God, and turning away from evil…. Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, ‘Perhaps my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.’ Thus Job did continually.”
   6. Fathers, as priests of our homes, we must be very vigilant in discerning sin in each of our children and diligent to lead our children into repentance of each of their sins.
  C. Adam and Eve tried to cover up their nakedness with fig leaves, but they could not cover up their transgressions, nor can we, for only Jesus Christ can cover our sins as we will see later.

MONDAY, September 1
Prayer
Praise: To God Be the Glory
Memorize Thy Word: Romans 5:19, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23
Memorize: The Minor Prophets
Lesson: God’s Judgment on the Serpent

 1. Read Genesis 3:14,15: “And the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life; and I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.”
  A. Being holy and just, God can make no provision for sin and therefore must punish all sin. Here He punished the deceiver first, then Eve, and then Adam.
  B. “The serpent was the most subtle and crafty of all the creatures.” God absolutely hates deceit and those who tempt others to sin. The most beautiful of all creatures now became the most despised and lowliest of all creatures as he was cursed to crawl on his belly and eat the dust of the earth. As just punishment, the very woman that the serpent tempted would watch him crawl away on his belly, and from her seed, he would eventually be crushed. Satan’s pride had wanted to place himself above God, so God humbled him by making him a curse to man.
  C. Proclaimed here is also a battle that will continue until our Redeemer destroys, once and for all, our most horrific enemy.
   1. 1 John 5:19: “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”
   2. “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” Enmity is “the quality of being an enemy…hatred…fixed or rooted hatred…” We will remember that when God cast Lucifer to the earth, the battle he had with God then moved to the earth where it is now being waged against God’s own children. Let us ever be mindful that the battle between God’s children and Satan’s children is indeed a fierce one.
   3. Ephesians 6:12: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
   4. 1 John 3:13: “Do not marvel, brethren, if the world hates you.”
   5. John 15:18,19: “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
   6. John 17:14: “I have given them Thy word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”
  D. However, the good news is that:
   1. John 16:33: Jesus says, “… In Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
   2. Matthew 5:11,12: “Blessed are you when men revile you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
   3. 1 Peter 4:12-19: “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you…. If anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but in that name let him glorify God…. Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.”
   4. 2 Corinthians 1:5: “For just as the suffering of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.”
   5. Romans 8:16-18: “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
  E. Herein lies our hope, that Jesus came to redeem us and reconcile us to God. Jesus was to come from the seed of a woman, not from a man, because His father was God.
   1. Luke 3:23-38 clearly shows that Jesus was indeed God in the flesh whose lineage came from Adam and Eve.
   2. Galatians 4:4: “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman …”
  F. Thinking that he would destroy God’s perfect plan, Satan tempted man to rebel against God, but God will not be defeated, and in fact, had a magnificent plan of redemption already planned
  G. Satan tried to destroy Jesus, but instead, Jesus destroyed Satan’s power by bruising Satan’s head. The Hebrew word for bruise here means “to strike; to crush; to break.” Christ’s resurrection crushed Satan to a fatal death, while delivering us from the power of death and sin.
   1. 1 John 4:9,10: “By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
   2. Philippians 2:6-8: “[Christ Jesus] who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
   3. 1 John 3:8: “The one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
   4. Colossians 1:13,14: “For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
   5. John 12:31,32: “Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world shall be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”
   6. Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
  H. We did not get the punishment that we deserved, but instead God in His great mercy made a way for us to be restored to fellowship with Him once again. Jesus took on the punishment that we deserved, so that we might live.
   1. Romans 3:23,24: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.”
   2. Galatians 1:3,4: “… the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us out of this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.”
   3. Romans 5:7-17: “For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. 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—for until the Law sin was in the world; but sin in not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
   4. Romans 8:2: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”
   5. Romans 8:14-18: “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
   6. Hebrews 2:11-18: “For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren … Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives…. Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.”
   7. Hebrews 4:15,16: “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.”
   8. 1 John 1:9; 2:1-6: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness…. My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins … And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.”
   9. Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.”
  I. Our Enemy’s Final Judgment
   1. And now, just as Satan accuses the brethren before the throne of God day and night, in the end Satan will be tormented day and night.
   2. Revelation 12:10: “… Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night.”
   3. Revelation 20:10: “And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

TUESDAY, September 2
Prayer
Praise: To God Be the Glory
Memorize Thy Word: Romans 5:19, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23
Memorize: The Minor Prophets
Lesson: God’s Judgment on Eve

 1. Read Genesis 3:16: “To the woman He said, ‘I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, in pain you shall bring forth children; yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.’” The King James Version gives us a better understanding as it says, “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.”
  A. The just consequences of Eve’s sin was that she would bring forth children in sorrow, just as God had brought His children forth in much sorrow. Yet in God’s great mercy, the very thing that would bring the woman sorrow was also the very thing that would preserve her, and eventually bring her great joy.
   1. 1 Timothy 2:14,15: “And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression. But women shall be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.”
   2. John 16:21: “Whenever a woman is in travail she has sorrow, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she remembers the anguish no more, for joy that a child has been born into the world.”
  B. Remember, God chastises us to bring us to repentance. For Eve’s pride in trying to lift herself above God, God had her husband to rule over her so as to humble her proud heart, but although woman was to be ruled by her husband, again in God’s great mercy, He required husbands to love their wives.
   1. Ephesians 5:22-27: “Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.” Again, God uses everything to instruct us in His ways, as the punishment He placed on Eve points us to Christ and our relationship with Him.
 2. Read Genesis 3:17-19: “Then to Adam He said, ‘Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, “You shall not eat from it”; Cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field; by the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.’”
  A. In the beginning, everything was good, lovely, pure, and in peace and harmony with one another; even the animals were tame. However, when sin entered the earth, it too was greatly affected by man’s sin. (Let us never lose sight that each of our sins has far reaching consequences which affect everyone around us.) For all creation groans until Christ comes to fully restore it once again.
   1. Romans 8:19-22: “For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.”
   2. Jeremiah 12:4,11: “How long is the land to mourn and the vegetation of the countryside to wither? For the wickedness of those who dwell in it, animals and birds have been snatched away, because men have said, ‘He will not see our latter ending.’ … It has been made a desolation, desolate, it mourns before Me; the whole land has been made desolate, because no man lays it to heart.”
  B. But God promises that He will restore the earth.
   1. Revelations 21:1: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.”
   2. Isaiah 55:12,13: “For you will go out with joy, and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up; and instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up; and it will be a memorial to the Lord, for an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”
   3. Isaiah 11:6-9: “And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little boy will lead them. Also the cow and the bear will graze; their young will lie down together; and the lion will eat straw like the ox. And the nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den. They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
  C. Where once work was always pleasant and easy and where food was in abundance and easily gathered, now man would have to work very hard to provide for his sustenance.
  D. Created to live forever, now man must also die.
   1. Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death …”
   2. James 1:15: “Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.”
  E. But again, God in His great mercy brings us hope.
   1. 1 Corinthians 15:21,22: “For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.”
   2. Romans 5:19: “For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.”
   3. 1 Corinthians 15:45: “So also it is written, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living soul.’ The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”
  F. Throughout God’s Word, God points us to Christ. Look how God even uses His sentence of punishment to Adam, who brought sin to the entire human race, to point us to our saviour, the second Adam, Jesus, who would bring salvation to God’s children.
   1. The King James Version reads, “Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.” Jesus became a curse and was a man of many sorrows.
    a. Galatians 3:13: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.’”
    b. Isaiah 53:4,10,11: “Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried … putting Him to grief … as a result of the anguish of His soul.”
   2. “Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee.”
    a. John 19:2: “And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on His head …”
   3. “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread…”
    a. Luke 22:44: “And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.”
   4. “Till you return unto the ground.”
    a. John 12:32: “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”
   5. And just as Adam was stripped of his holiness, Jesus likewise was stripped and mocked.
    a. Matthew 27:28-31: “And they stripped Him, and put a scarlet robe on Him. And after weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they kneeled down before Him and mocked Him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ And they spat on Him, and took the reed and began to beat Him on the head. And after they had mocked Him, they took His robe off and put His garments on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.”
   6. And whereas Adam’s disobedience brought death, Christ’s obedience unto death brought life.
    a. Philippians 2:8: “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
 3. Read Genesis 3:20: “Now the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living.”
  A. Adam’s name means “red earth” to signify that out of the dust he was created and back to dust he shall return. Eve’s name, on the other hand, means life, because God was confirming the covenant that He had made that the seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent, thus bringing eternal life to all God’s children—the life giving power of the Spirit of God.

WEDNESDAY, September 3
Prayer
Praise: To God Be the Glory
Memorize Thy Word: Romans 5:19, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23
Memorize: The Minor Prophets
Lesson: God’s Sacrifice for Our Sins

 1. Read Genesis 3:21: “And the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.”
  A. Stripped of God’s holy light, God showed by example what it would take to restore man to holiness. For God had to shed the blood of one of His innocent creatures to clothe Adam and Eve, so as to point us to the realization that it would take the death of our Lord, who was without sin, to cover our transgressions so that we might live.
   1. John 1:29: “The next day he [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming to him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’”
   2. Matthew 26:28: “For this is My blood of the covenant, which is to be shed on behalf of many for forgiveness of sins.”
   3. 1 Peter 1:18,19: “Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”
  B. To point to their Saviour that was yet to come, God required His people to select an animal that was without blemish or defect to be sacrificed by the priest for the forgiveness of their sins.
   1. Hebrews 9-10: “Now even the first covenant had regulations of divine worship and the earthly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the sacred bread; this is called the holy place. And behind the second veil, there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant. And above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat; but of these things we cannot now speak in detail. Now when these things have been thus prepared, the priests are continually entering the outer tabernacle, performing the divine worship, but into the second only the high priest enters, once a year, not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance. The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed, while the outer tabernacle is still standing, which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience, since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation. But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, in order that since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives. Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood. For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, ‘This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you.’ And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood. And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; nor was it that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood not his own. Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never by the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins? But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, ‘Sacrifice and offering Thou hast not desired, but a body Thou hast prepared for Me; in whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast taken no pleasure. Then I said, “Behold, I have come (in the roll of the book it is written of Me) to do Thy will, O God.”’ After saying above, ‘Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast not desired, nor hast Thou taken pleasure in them’ (which are offered according to the Law), then He said, ‘Behold, I have come to do Thy will.’ He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws upon their heart, and upon their mind I will write them,’ He then says, ‘And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’ Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin. Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near. For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain terrifying expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.’ And again, ‘The Lord will judge His people.’ It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings, partly, by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated. For you showed sympathy to the prisoners, and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay. But My righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.”
   2. Romans 6:10: “For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.”
   3. Matthew 27:50,51: “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, and the earth shook; and the rocks were split.”
   4. Mark 15:37,38: “And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last. And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.”
   5. This is why, right before Christ died, “He said, ‘It is finished!’ And He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit” (John 19:30). The ultimate sacrifice was given on behalf of our sins; therefore, there were to be no more sacrifices.

THURSDAY, September 4
Prayer
Praise: To God Be the Glory
Memorize Thy Word: Romans 5:19, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23
Memorize: The Minor Prophets
Lesson: God Banishes Adam and Eve from the Garden

 1. Read Genesis 3:22-24: “Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever’—therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. 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.”
  A. Sin always brings death, which in reality is separation from God. So when Adam and Eve sinned, not only did God remove His Spirit from them, but also He removed them from the intimate fellowship they had enjoyed with their Father from the beginning. I believe that we all can certainly understand why God had to drive them out from the wonderful paradise that had been their home up until then. Yet, we must also realize that in His great mercy, God really protected man by placing cherubim or angels at the entrance of the garden so that Adam and Eve, in their sinful state, could not possibly reenter the garden and get near the Tree of Life to eat of its fruit and therefore be eternally damned.
  B. So when Adam sinned, God removed His Spirit from Adam, and because only God’s Spirit has life giving power and without it there is nothing but death, or literally separation from God, Adam was separated from God both physically and spiritually. And because Adam and Eve were the only ones who were sinless at their creation, we inherited their sinful natures. It is a very sobering thought to know that our spirits will either live eternally with God or eternally apart from God.
   1. Romans 5:12: “By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
   2. This is why it says that we must be born again, that God may once again fill the God-shaped void left by His absence.
   3. John 3:3: “Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
  C. Our enemy tempted both Adams—one disobeyed, the other remained obedient to the point of death.
   1. Romans 5:19: “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous.”
   2. Matthew 4:1-11: “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, ‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.’ But He answered and said, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”’ Then the devil took Him into the holy city; and he stood Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, ‘If You are the Son of God throw Yourself down; for it is written, “He will give His angels charge concerning You”; and “On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.”’ Jesus said to him, ‘On the other hand, it is written, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”’ Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory; and he said to Him, ‘All these things will I give you, if You fall down and worship me.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Begone, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.”’ Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.”
   3. Tempt means “to incite to an evil act; to entice to something wrong by presenting arguments that are plausible or convincing, or by the offer of some pleasure or apparent advantage as the inducement.” Temptation means “the act of tempting; enticement to evil by arguments, by flattery, or by the offer of some real or apparent good. Solicitation of the passions … The state of being tempted or enticed to evil. When by human weakness you are led into temptation, resort to prayer for relief …”
   4. Remember our memory verse from last week’s lesson? James 4:7: “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
   5. James 1:12: “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life …”
   6. Hebrews 4:14-16: “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.”
  D. Yet before the foundation of the world, God had a divine purpose for His Son and a plan of redemption for His children—that Jesus Christ would redeem His own children to Him.
   1. 1 Corinthians 15:21,22: “For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.”
   2. 1 Corinthians 15:45: “So it is written, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living soul.’ The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”
   3. Hebrews 2:14,15: “Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.”
   4. Ephesians 3:9-12: “And to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things; in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.”
   5. 2 Timothy 1:9,10: “Who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
   6. Romans 8:28-30: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren; and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
   7. Ephesians 2:4-7: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
   8. Hebrews 4:14-16: “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.”
   9. 1 John 4:4: “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”
   10. 2 Corinthians 4:6-11: “For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.”
   11. But God has prepared a place for His enemies. Matthew 25:41: “… Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.”
  E. Only Adam and Eve were born sinless. All the rest of us have inherited a sin nature. Psalm 51:5: “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.”
  F. So through Adam’s sin, all men were stripped of their original cloak of holiness, but through Christ’s sacrifice we have been cleansed from all our sins, so that God once again clothes us with His righteous light, that we might once again, also, have fellowship with Him.
   1. 1 John 1:7: “But as we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
   2. Romans 5:19: “For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.” It is Jesus who transforms us into His image and covers us with righteousness once again.
   3. 2 Corinthians 3:18: “But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”
   4. God through His Son literally brings light into our darkest sinful nature.
   5. 1 Peter 2:9: “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
   6. 2 Corinthians 4:6: “For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
   7. When we become Christians, our countenance truly changes because it is no longer the “I” who lives but Christ who lives within me. We are the light that shines in the darkness. Our lives reflect His glorious light.
   8. Jesus even says to us, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13).
   9. So “let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
  G. And we can all look forward to the day when:
   1. 1 John 3:2: “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
   2. Revelation 22:5: “And there shall no longer be any night; and they shall not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall illumine them; and they shall reign forever and ever.”
   3. Daniel 12:3: “And those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”
 Praise be to God for loving us so much that He sent His Son to die for us that we may not only live with Him forever, but that we will reign with Him forever. What a privilege to be able to serve such a magnificent God! Should not our lives be devoted to serving Him in all that we do?