Its Origin, Results, and Remedy
The Fall and
Redemption of Man
1. WHAT is
sin declared to be?
"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin
is the transgression of the law." 1
precedes the manifestation of sin?
"Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth
sin." James 1:15.
3. What is
the final result or fruit of sin?
"And sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." Same
verse. "The wages of sin is death." Rom. 6:23.
how many of the human race did death pass as the result of Adam's
"By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death
passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." Rom. 5:12.
"In Adam all die." 1 Cor. 15:22.
5. How was
the earth itself affected by Adam's sin?
"Cursed is the ground for
thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns
also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee." Gen. 3:17,18.
additional curse came as the result of the first murder?
"And the Lord said unto Cain, . . . And now art thou cursed
from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's
blood from thy hand; when thou tillest the ground, it shall not
henceforth yield unto thee her strength." Gen. 4:9-12.
terrible judgment came in consequence of continued sin and transgression
"And the Lord
said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth. .
. . The end of all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled with
violence." "And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood
of waters was upon the earth. . . . The same day were all the
fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were
opened." Gen. 6:7-13; 7:6-11.
the flood, what came in consequence of further apostasy from God?
"And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the
children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and
they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing
will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let
Us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not
understand one another's speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad
from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the
city." Gen. 11:5-8.
what condition has sin brought the entire creation?
"For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth
in pain together until now." Rom. 8:22.
explains God's apparent delay in dealing with sin?
"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count
slackness; but is long-suffering to us ward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9.
is God's attitude toward the sinner?
"For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith
the Lord God; wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye." Eze. 18:32.
man free himself from the dominion of sin?
"Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then
may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil." Jer. 13:23.
place has the will in determining whether man shall have life?
"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth
say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let
him take the water of life freely." Rev. 22:17.
what extent has Christ suffered for sinners?
"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." Isa. 53:5.
what purpose was Christ manifested?
"And we know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and
in Him is no sin. . . . He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the
devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was
manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." 1
was one direct purpose of the incarnation of Christ?
"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." Heb.
triumphant chorus will mark the end of the reign
"And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and
under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them,
heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him
that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever." Rev.
and by what means will the effects of sin be removed?
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in
the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also, and the works that
are therein shall be burned up." 2 Peter 3:10.
will the curse of the confusion of tongues be brought to an end?
"For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that
they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one
consent." Zeph. 3:9.
thoroughly will the effects of sin be removed?
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and
there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall
there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Rev.
21:4. "And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God
and of the Lamb shall be in it [the holy city]; and His servants shall
serve Him." Rev. 22:3.
sin and its evil results ever appear again?
"What do ye imagine against the Lord? He will make an utter end: affliction
shall not rise up the second time." Nahum 1:9. "There shall
be no more death." "And there shall be no more
curse." Rev. 21:4; 22:3.
sin exists none can deny. Why it was permitted has perplexed many
minds. But He who can bring light out of darkness (2 Cor. 4:6), make the
wrath of man to praise Him (Ps. 76:10), and turn a curse into a blessing
(Deut. 23:5), can bring good out of evil, and turn mistakes and downfalls
into stepping-stones to higher ground. Heaven will be happier for the
sorrows of earth. "Sorrows remembered sweeten present joy," says
Robert Pollock, in "The Course of Time," page 29. In the final
outcome it will be seen that all things have worked together for good to
them that love God. Rom. 8:28. Cowper, despondent and about to drown
himself, was carried the wrong way by his driver, and went home to write
the inspiring hymn below.
in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
Of never-failing skill,
He treasures up His bright designs,
And works His sovereign will.
saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings o'er your head.
the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
unbelief is sure to err,
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.
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