In Adam, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldiers #63)

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian Soldiers

Romans 5:12: “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.”

In our previous lessons, we saw how sin came into the world. First, Satan rebelled against God and set up a kingdom opposed to God. Then Adam, when he was tempted, also rebelled against God.

Satan said, I will, and set his will against God’s will. Then Adam said in his heart, “I will” and set his will against the will of God.

Adam’s sin affected each part of his being — spirit, soul, and body. Adam’s spirit was cut off from God’s life. His soul was affected by sin. His body became subject to physical death because “the wages of sin is death.”

In this lesson we are going to see the awful consequences of Adam’s sin upon the human race. We will see MAN’S COMPLETE RUIN IN SIN.

Why should we worry about Adam and what happened to him? The reason is this: Adam was the head of the human race — he was the first man. Since Adam was the head of the human family, what happened to him affected the whole human family, and it affected you and me. God did not create millions of people to populate the earth. He created only one man Adam. From this one man came all human life. Thus God sees the whole human race as being IN ADAM.

How did we get into Adam? By birth! All who are born into the human family are IN ADAM.

What does it mean to be in Adam? To be in Adam means to share in all that Adam was and all that he did. Certain things are true of every person in Adam. Here are five of them:

1. He is separated from the life of God.
2. He is in the kingdom of darkness.
3. He is a sinner.
4. He is under the power of sin.
5. He is condemned to death.

Now we are going to consider each of these five things and see how they came about.

1. Adam’s Sin Separated Men from the Life of God. To be separated from the life of God is to be spiritually dead. God told Adam that when he ate of the fruit that had been forbidden to him, he would “surely die.” Adam’s sin resulted in spiritual death, not only for himself, but also for the entire human race. All men became separated from the life of God. Why? Because all men are IN ADAM.

2. Adam’s Sin Brought the Human Race into the Kingdom of Darkness. When Adam rebelled against God, he took sides with Satan, the first rebel. He came into the kingdom of darkness, of which Satan is ruler. Thus Adam came under the power of Satan. Since Adam was the head of the human race, he took the whole human race into the kingdom of darkness.

3. Adam’s Sin Resulted in a Race of Sinners. As created by God, Adam was a God-centered man. He loved God and wanted to do God’s will. God was king upon the throne of his heart. After Adam sinned, a change took place in his heart. Instead of loving God and wanting to do His will, Adam now loved himself and wanted to do his own will. God no longer reigned as king in his heart. Instead, Self was upon the throne of his heart. Adam now had a sinful nature.

Adam passed his sinful, self-centered nature on to his children. The Bible says that Adam had a son “in his own likeness, after his image.” Adam himself had been created in the image of God, but he produced a son in his own sinful image.

The rebellion of Cain — one of Adam’s sons — was shown when he refused to worship God in the way which God had appointed. He wanted to worship God in his own way. Later on Cain manifested his sinful nature further in murdering his own brother.

But the effects of Adam’s sin did not stop with his own children. Adam was the head of the entire human family, and he passed his sinful nature on to the whole human race. Adam’s disobedience resulted in a race of sinners. The Bible says, “… by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners….”

4. Adam’s Sin Brought All Men under the Power of Sin. Because men are sinners, they are under the power of sin. The Bible says, “Whoever commits sin is the servant (slave) of sin.” In the kingdom of darkness, sin reigns as a king and all men who are in this kingdom are under its power.

5. Adam’s Sin brought Death and Condemnation into the Human Race. Sin entered the world through one man—Adam, and death came as a result of sin. The Bible says, “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.”

Adam’s single act of disobedience brought a great curse upon all of the human race that is still in effect today. In our next lesson, we will look further at the ultimate consequences of this curse as well as the solution which God put in place to remove this curse from those who choose to believe in Him.

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