In the Beginning: Redemption

This is part one in a four-part series, “In the Beginning”. CLICK HERE for all sermons in this series.

God created man, who resided in the Garden of Eden. The serpent tempted the woman, and she gave in to temptation, introducing sin into the world. But God shows us grace by offering us the gift of redemption.

Redemption Defined

PADAH – Redemption of persons or other living beings

"However, if the ox was in the habit of goring, and its owner has been warned yet does not restrain it, and it kills a man or a woman, the ox must be stoned, and its owner must also be put to death. If instead a ransom is demanded of him, he can pay a redemption price for his life in the full amount demanded from him."

Exodus: 21:29-30

GA’AL – Redemption price in family members involving the responsibility of the next-of-kin

"Jeremiah replied, 'The word of the Lord came to me: Watch! Hanamel, the son of your uncle Shallum, is coming to you to say, "Buy my field in Anathoth for yourself, for you own the right of redemption to buy it."'"

Jeremiah 32:6-7

KIPPUR – The covering of sin or the making of atonement for sin

"Yet these cannot redeem a person or pay his ransom to God - since the price of redeeming him is too costly, one should forever stop trying."

Psalm 49:7-8

APOLYTROSIS – A releasing effected by payment of ransom

"We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace"

Ephesians 1:7

Redemption Promised

PROMISE: We will have victory over the snake.

"I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel."

Genesis 3:15

PROMISE: Our sin is covered by the shedding of blood.

"Adam named his wife Eve because she was the mother of all the living. The Lord God made clothing out of skins for Adam and his wife, and He clothed them."

Genesis 3:20-21

How do we receive the gift of redemption?

COME.

"For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish."

1 Peter 1:18-19

PRAY.

"I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh."

John 6:51

SERVE.

"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

Matthew 28:19

In the Beginning: Sin

This is part three in a four-part series, “In the Beginning”. CLICK HERE for all sermons in this series.

God created man and they resided in the Garden of Eden. When the serpent appeared to the woman, man experienced temptation for the first time. When acted upon, temptation becomes sin.

"Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. he said to the woman, 'Did God really say, "You can't eat from any tree in the garden?"' The woman said to the serpent, 'We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, "You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die."' 'No! You will not die,' the serpent said to the woman. 'In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.' The woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves."

Genesis 3:1-7

Sin Defined

SIN: KHATA (Hebrew) or HAMARTIA (Greek): Failure – to miss the mark

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Romans 6:23

TRANSGRESSION: PESHA (Hebrew) or PARAPTOMA (Greek): Rebellion – the breaking of a treaty

"For I am conscious of my rebellion, and my sin is always before me."

Psalm 51:3

INIQUITY: AVAH (Hebrew) or ANOMIA (Greek): Broken – bent and distorted

"A wicked person desires evil; he has no consideration for his neighbor."

Proverbs 21:10

The Effects of Sin

Our sin is a gateway to other sins.

APPLICATION: The enemy is not content with us sinning; he wants that sin to become a stronghold in our life.

Sin always leads us to feel shame.

APPLICATION: The enemy wants us to fear being vulnerable, transparent, open, honest with God and with others.

Sin leads us to a works-based faith.

APPLICATION: The enemy wants us to try to fix my sin problem ourselves instead of going to God for help.

Sin always leads us to guilt.

APPLICATION: The enemy wants us to believe that we can never come back to God because we are not good enough to be loved by Him.

Sin always causes us to be fearful.

APPLICATION: The enemy wants us to be scared of what God might do if we come back to Him.

Sin causes us to blame others.

APPLICATION: The enemy wants us to point fingers at others and make excuses for our wrong actions.

Sin always causes pain.

APPLICATION: The enemy wants us to experience things we never would have had to experience and to do things we never would have had to do.

Sin ultimately leads to death.

APPLICATION: If the enemy cannot destroy God, then he wants to do everything we can to destroy His image bearers.

Response to Sin

"Adam named his wife Eve because she was the mother of all the living. The Lord God made clothing out of skins for Adam and his wife, and He clothed them."

Genesis 3:20-21

God’s response to our sin was grace

…our response to God’s grace determines the end result of our sin.

IGNORE: We can choose to ignore our need for God’s grace.

REJECT: We can choose to reject the offer of God’s grace.

ACCEPT: We can choose to accept the gift of God’s grace.

"Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame, for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

Romans 10:11-13

In the Beginning: Temptation

This is part two in a four-part series, “In the Beginning”. CLICK HERE for all sermons in this series.

We were created in the image of God, then we were introduced to temptation. 

"Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. he said to the woman, 'Did God really say, "You can't eat from any tree in the garden?"' The woman said to the serpent, 'We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, "You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die."' 'No! You will not die,' the serpent said to the woman. 'In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.' The woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves."

Genesis 3:1-7

Temptation Defined

PERIASMOS (Greek)- rebellion against God by which His power and justice are challenged.

"But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desire. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death."

James 1:14-15

5 Principles of Tempation

#1 – Temptation is not sinful or anything for which to be ashamed.

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin."

Hebrews 4:15

#2 – Everyone experiences temptation.

"Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil."

Matthew 4:1

#3 – No one gets beyond temptation this side of heaven.

"After the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time."

Luke 4:13

#4 – Temptation usually comes in moments of weakness, areas of strength, or times of spiritual indifference.

"After He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. Then the tempter approached Him and said, 'If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.'"

Matthew 4:2-3

#5 – Temptation becomes sin when we yield to it, so we need to learn to overcome temptation.

"But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desire. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death."

James 1:14-15

How Temptation Works

"Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. he said to the woman, 'Did God really say, "You can't eat from any tree in the garden?"'

Genesis 3:1

Satan is crafty and deceptive, not straightforward.

APPLICATION: When we believe sin will get us where we want to be right now, we are being tempted.

Satan challenges the authority of God’s word.

– APPLICATION: When we don’t believe we need to obey God’s word unless we understand His reason behind it, we are being tempted.

Satan attacks the character of God.

APPLICATION: When we focus on the situation we are in, instead of God who is in the situation with us, we are being tempted.

Satan twists God’s word.

APPLICATION: When we focus on what God says we can’t do, instead of the freedom of what He gives us to do, we are being tempted.

Satan promises pleasure but doesn’t mention the pain.

APPLICATION: When we believe we can have it all without any of the consequences, we are being tempted.

When we want to focus on things instead of God, follow our desires instead of God’s instruction, or make more of ourselves than God, WE ARE BEING TEMPTED.

"No temptation has come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful; He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way out so that you may be able to bear it."

1 Corinthians 10:13

In the Beginning: Image of God

This is part one in a four-part series, “In the Beginning”. CLICK HERE for all sermons in this series.

The message of the Bible is in three parts:

  • Creation: when God created all of the universe including humankind
  • The Fall: when sin entered the world
  • Redemption: the majority of the Bible

During Creation, God created man in His image. 

"Then God said, 'Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, the whole earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.' So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female."

Genesis 1:26-27

What does it mean to be created in the image of God?

We resemble God morally and we were perfect and innocent.

  • Of all the things God created that He saw as “good”, when He created humankind, He saw it as “very good”. (Gen. 1:31)
  • Before sin entered the world, man felt no shame. (Gen. 2:25)

We resemble God mentally in that we can reason and choose.

  • When woman was tempted by the snake to eat of the fruit of the tree of good and evil, she reasoned that the fruit was “delightful to look at”, it was “desirable for obtaining wisdom”. (Gen. 2:6)
  • She made a choice to eat of the forbidden fruit, disobeying God’s command to pursue her own desires.

We resemble God socially in that we desire a personal connection with others.

  • God created a helpmate for man when He created woman because “It is not good for the man to be alone.” (Gen. 2:18)
  • God gave man the gift of a partner, rather than making the man seek after one for himself. God “brought her to the man”. (Gen. 2:22)

We have privileges and responsibilities as God's image bearers.

PRIVILEGE of talking with God and having a relationship with Him.

"I will place my residence among you, and I will not reject you."

Leviticus 26:11

RESPONSIBILITY of learning His will and purpose in life.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know Him, and He will make your paths straight."

Proverbs 3:5-6

RESPONSIBILITY of living out His will in our world.

"Then He said to them all, 'If anyone wants to follow after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.'"

Luke 9:23

IMAGE OF GOD TAKEAWAYS:

#1 – I AM LOVED.

"God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His one and only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins."

1 John4:9-10

#2 – I AM BROKEN.

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

Romans 3:23

#3 – SIN IS FATAL.

"But your iniquities are separating you from your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not listen."

Isaiah 59:2

#4 – I AM RESTORED.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Romans 6:23

#5 – I HAVE A PURPOSE.

"'Follow me,' He told them, 'and I will make you fish for people.' Immediately they left their nets and followed Him."

Matthew 4:19-20

#6 – I HAVE A CHOICE.

"The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who rejects the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him."

John 3:36

"But if it doesn't please you to worship the Lord, choose for yourselves today; Which will you worship - the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living? As for me and my family, we will worship the Lord."

Joshua 24:15