Introduction: Before you can really grow in the Lord and live a victorious Christian life, you must be absolutely persuaded that you cannot make yourself holy and good in your own strength or by your willpower. Seeing yourself as weak and hopeless in Adam, you are then ready to receive Christ Jesus as your Savior from sin and as the giver of abundant life. Truly, without Him you can do nothing (John 15:5). In this class you will want to identify three areas:
- Recognize you are hopeless to save yourself because you are born a child of Adam.
- Receive God’s gift of the full payment for your sins.
- Start living your life as a new creation in Christ in union with Him.
I. Recognize and understand the curse you are under by being a descendant of Adam. (Romans 5:12)
A. The fall of man in the Garden of Eden brought a curse of sin, sorrow, disease, strife, and death to the world and to you.
1. Adam and Eve were created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27).
2. The devil deceived Adam and Eve and tricked them into surrendering their blessings through disobeying God.
3. The story of the temptation and fall of man in Genesis 3:1-7 illustrates the same pattern that Satan uses on people today to get them to disobey God and “do their own thing.”
4. During Christ’s temptation as recorded in the New Testament, the devil claimed all the kingdoms of the world had been given to him. “The devil led Him up to a high place and showed Him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to Him, ‘I will give you all their authority and splendor for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to‘ ” (Luke 4:5-6 NIV).
B. There are eight results of the Fall of Adam and Eve which affect your life.
1. Everyone stands guilty of sin before a holy God as a result of being in Adam. “For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners ” (Romans 5:19 NIV).
NOTE: You do not have to do anything to receive the effects of the curse of Adam’s sin in your life-it comes with being a part of the human race. (Psalm 51:5)
2. The Fall resulted in spiritual death. “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12 NIV).
3. The Fall caused man to hide from God. “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8 NIV).
4. The Fall brought fear. “He answered, ‘I heard you in the garden, and l was afraid because I was naked; so I hid” (Genesis 3:10 NIV).
5. Man began blaming others for his sins and shortcomings. “The man said, ‘The woman you put here with me-she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it‘” (Genesis 3:12 NIV).
6. The ground became cursed. “To Adam He said. . . . ‘Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life” (Genesis 3:17 NIV).
7. Man’s mind became perverted and wicked. “The LORD saw how great man wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time” (Genesis 6:5 NIV).
8. Man, without Christ, lives in darkness, without hope, and under the power of the devil. “The whole world is under the control of the evil one” (1 John 5:19 NIV). “Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ . . . without hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12 NIV).
II. Receive God’s gift of the full payment for your sins.
A. Jesus is the payment for sins-He came to pay the price to bring you back to God. “We rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation” (Romans 5:11 NIV).
1. On the great Day of Atonement as found in Leviticus 16, we see in the illustration of the two goats an Old Testament picture of what Jesus did with our sins.
2. Goat one-the sin offering. The blood of one goat was brought into the Holy of Holies and sprinkled over the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant to cover sin. This was to point to the time when Jesus would shed His blood and bring it before God in heaven to satisfy God’s holy anger against sin and to pay the price of justice so that forgiven sinners could freely enter the presence of the holy God (Romans 3:25 NIV).
3. Goat two-the “scapegoat.” The high priest would lay hands on the goat and confess the sins of the people over the goat. Then, he would let it go in the wilderness, where no one lived and where no one could see. This shows that when Jesus removes our sins from us, they will never be remembered again. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12 NIV).
B. These are the steps to salvation:
1. Admit you are a sinner in need of a Savior (Romans 3:23).
2. Repent and turn to God (II Peter 3:9).
3. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9-10).
4. Ask God to forgive you and invite Jesus Christ into your heart (I John 1:9; Revelation 3:20).
5. Confess Jesus as your Lord (Romans 10:9-10).
6. Receive salvation as a free gift and not as a reward for good works (Romans 6:23).
7. Because you are saved, be water baptized. (Matthew 28:19).
III. Start living your life as a new creation in Christ in union with Him.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
A. Believe you have God’s new life within you. Not only have you had your sins forgiven, but also Christ has come to live inside you at the new birth and to give you His life within. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20 NIV).
B. Live with a new purpose -to be God’s worker. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10 NIV).
C. Rejoice in your new destiny. “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NIV).
D. Accept your new family. “For this reason I kneel before the Father from Whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name” (Ephesians 3:14-15 NIV).
E. Receive your new inheritance. “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:18 NIV).
1. Wisdom (James 1:5 NIV)
2. Clear conscience (Hebrews 9:14 NIV)
3. Divine healing (1 Peter 2:24 NIV)
4. Victory over the enemy (I John 5:4 NIV)
5. Victory over circumstances (Romans 8:37-39 NIV)
6. Victory over the flesh (Galatians 5:16 NIV)
7. The Spirit of life (Romans 8:2 NIV)
8. God’s provision for your needs (Philippians 4:19 NIV)
9. The fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV)
10. Success (Joshua 1:7 NIV)
11. Answers to prayer (John 15:7 NIV)
12. Fellowship with God and with each other (1 John 1:3 NIV)