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LESSON 1 - PERSON OF CHRIST BIBLE LESSONS

THE VERITY OF THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

CONDEMNATION

LESSON SCRIPTURE

Genesis 3:1-24 (KJV) 1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. 20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. 21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. 22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

MEMORY VERSES

John 3:18 (KJV) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

TRUTH TO BE EMPHASIZED

“By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”

A SACRED PROHIBITION

Genesis 2:16-17 (KJV) 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

God had placed man in His garden and given him control of it. There was but one prohibition. To disobey meant death.

A SUBTLE TEMPTATION

Genesis 3:1-5 (KJV) 1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil

Into God’s garden came God’s greatest enemy, disguised as a serpent. His temptation to the woman was

1. Cowardly: for he came to her when she was alone.
2. Cunning: for he questioned what God had said. Then he got bolder and denied God’s word.
3. Cruel: for he suggested that God was unkind in withholding the fruit that would make men as God.

A SHAMEFUL VIOLATION

Genesis 3:1-6 (KJV) 1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Eve made three great mistakes:

1. She parleyed with the devil. Spurgeon says, “The spirit of parley is the essence of treason.”
2. She tampered with God’s word. She added to it “neither ... it.” She took from it “freely.” She changed it — “lest” instead of — “thou shalt.”
3. She disobeyed, being deceived (1 Timothy 2:14 (KJV) And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression).

A SAD CONDITION

Genesis 3:7-24 (KJV) 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. 20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. 21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. 22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

1. Alienation: Through shame they first sought to cover themselves, then hide from God.
2. Degradation: Promised an uplift, they had fallen.
3. Condemnation: Banished from God’s presence, physical death (Ecclesiastes 12:7 (KJV) Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.; Romans 5:12,14 (KJV) 12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come), spiritual death (Isaiah 59:2 (KJV) But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear; Ephesians 2:1 (KJV) And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sin) and eternal death (2 Thessalonians 1:9 (KJV) Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; Revelation 20:14-15 (KJV) 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire; Revelation 21:8 (KJV) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death) were the results.

A SAVING PROVISION
Genesis 3:15,20,21 (KJV) - 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. 21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Intimated in Genesis 3:15 (KJV) And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel..

Illustrated in the covering provided through the shedding of blood in Genesis 3:21 (KJV) - Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Consummated at Calvary

Appropriated, for Adam must have believed God; else Eve were the mother of all dying.

THE LESSON ILLUSTRATED

A man is given the free use of a house for himself and his family. To protect the owner, a lease is drawn up, and a nominal rental of say ten cents a month is charged. The rent neither enriches the owner, nor impoverishes the tenant, but it is only an admission by the tenant that he is a tenant. The house belongs to the landlord. What would be thought of the tenant if he refused to pay the rent? Adam refused to give God a nominal rental for His garden. Is it any wonder he was evicted?

TELLING THE LESSON STORY

God made the first man and woman and gave them a special life from Himself. They were made so that God could easily enjoy their company. They were to rule the earth for God. They had intelligence, freedom to make their own decisions, emotions and a spirit that could communicate with God Genesis 1:28 (KJV) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth; Revelation 4:11 (KJV) Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created; Isaiah 43:7 (KJV) Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him).

They were created as adults, but in experience they were like babies. In order for God to enjoy man’s company he had to mature morally. That is, he had to learn to choose to do right and refuse to do wrong. Today we say of a person who never learns, that “he has no common sense.”

God also had to let Adam and his wife choose between right and wrong so they could show that they loved Him enough to obey Him. If they always chose to obey God, they would be rewarded with eternal life (Romans 2:6-7 (KJV) 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life). God first gave man one simple test. He could eat of the fruit of EVERY tree in the garden where they lived, except ONE. We don’t know what tree that was. It was called “The tree of knowledge of good and evil” because it was through this tree man was to first learn the difference between right and wrong. They could obey God and not eat the fruit and learn the difference by doing the good thing; or they could eat the fruit and learn the difference by doing the wrong thing. God warned them, if they chose to do the wrong, the day they ate that fruit, “Thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17 (KJV) 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die).

The serpent then was the most intelligent (subtle, crafty) of all animals, not the creeping creature we know today. It met the woman one day and struck up a conversation with her. It wasn’t really the serpent talking, but God’s arch-enemy, Satan, was using the serpent as a disguise Revelation 20:2 (KJV) And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years). The woman was far superior to the serpent, even though it was the most intelligent animal. God made Adam and his wife rulers over all the animals. So she had no excuse for listening to what it said.

He asked her, “Has God really said that you are not to eat of EVERY tree of the garden?” He worded his question so as to cast doubt on God’s goodness and make His prohibition sound greater than it was. The woman answered that God had said they could eat of the fruit of the trees, except one. “God hath said. ‘Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.’” (How did she misquote and misrepresent God?)

Sensing that the woman was responding to his suggestions, Satan boldly contradicted God. “You shall NOT surely die. God knows that the day you eat the fruit you’ll be like God (singular) knowing good and evil.” How deceiving and crafty he was! Jesus said Satan is the father of lies and he deceives the whole world John 8:44 (KJV) Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it; Revelation 12:9 (KJV) And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him). It was quite true that they would know good and evil, but by doing the evil. When he promised that they would be like God that was a lie. God had made them in His likeness already. They would lose that by taking the fruit, not gain it. Satan wrapped a lie in truth. That is how he often deceives boys and girls. They swallow the lie just like the woman did. Satan didn’t have to tempt the woman to eat the fruit. He only had to encourage her to doubt God. Doubt opens the door to all sin (Romans 14:23 (KJV) And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin). Her own heart tempted her. That is where all sin comes from (James 1:14-15 (KJV) 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death; Matthew 15:19 (KJV) For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies). Though she may have been deceived as to the result of eating the fruit, still if she had loved God, she should have obeyed Him. Instead she wanted to please herself. Don’t you see her in your own heart? God tells you to obey your parents. That doesn’t make any difference if you don’t want to obey them, does it?

The woman’s body wanted it for food; her soul wanted it because it was pretty; her mind wanted it because she thought it would make her wise. These three desires (lusts) are what God calls “the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride of life” (1 John 2:16-17 (KJV) 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever) They are from our own evil nature. They are always against the will of God. Instead of God, her own desires were on the throne in her life. She failed to give God glory by obeying Him (Romans 3:23 (KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God). She ate the fruit and sinned for the first time. She learned right from wrong by doing the wrong instead of the right. She gave the fruit to Adam and he ate too. He wasn’t deceived as she was. He sinned knowing the consequences. He evidently loved his wife more than God (1 Timothy 2:14 (KJV) And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression). They transgressed because they did what God told them not to do (1 John 3:4 (KJV) Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law). They rebelled and became enemies of God. They said, “I want what I want, instead of what God wants (Colossians 1:21 (KJV) And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled; Romans 5:10 (KJV) For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life).

When they disobeyed God, whatever way God had covered their bodies disappeared and they found themselves naked. If they had obeyed God, and gone on obeying Him, they would have obtained glory, honour, immortality, eternal life (Romans 2:7 (KJV) To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life). They learned to know good and evil, but with what a difference! Instead of glory, shame; instead of honour, sorrow; instead of immortality, physical death; instead of eternal life, eternal death.

When they heard God walking in the garden, for the first time they were afraid and hid themselves. He called, “Adam, where are you?” Adam came out of hiding. He said he hid because he was naked. Nakedness condemned them; it was evidence of their guilt. When God faced him with his sin, Adam did just what we all do. He blamed someone else, his wife.

His wife blamed the serpent. How we hate to acknowledge to God that we have sinned! That is what keeps most people from being saved.

The sentence (condemnation) had already been passed on them. When God said they would die He didn’t mean just physical death. He meant they would be separated from Him forever. That is spiritual death.

God is not only holy; He is a God of love too. Before He sent them from Him, He gave a promise of hope (Genesis 3:15 (KJV) And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel). He told Satan that someday someone born of a woman, would destroy him. That Someone would be bruised in doing it (Isaiah 53:5 (KJV) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed; Hebrews 2:14-16 (KJV) 14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.).

The same sentence (condemnation) that God passed on them has been passed on all of us, because we all have sinned Romans 5:12 (KJV) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned). We don’t need to wait till the judgment day to know our sentence. God has already condemned us to eternal death. Our only hope is the salvation God planned. We know today that salvation is the Lord Jesus Christ who bore the punishment for our sin. By trusting in Him and making Him our Lord (putting God back on the throne of our lives again) we can escape that condemnation of eternal separation from God. Until we do this, we are “condemned already” (John 3:18 (KJV) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God).

TEST - LESSON 1 - PERSON OF CHRIST BIBLE LESSONS

TRUE OR FALSE

1. If we disobey God we will have perish.
2. When God faced Adam with his sin, Adam He blamed no one else, only himself.
3. God created man for to glorify Him.
4. Adam must have believed God, else Eve was the mother of all living.
5. By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men.
6. If we obey God we obtained glory, honour, immortality and eternal life.
7. Eve failed to give God glory by obeying Him.
8. Salvation is the Lord Jesus Christ who bore the punishment for our sin
9. Satan wrapped a lie in truth.
10. By trusting in Him and making Him our Lord we can escape that condemnation of eternal separation from God

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