Saturday, February 20, 2010

Where did sin come from?

We are recording a video series, Back to the Basics for Grace Family Fellowship. I am thinking of making my notes available for the on line series to. Here is This Sndays. Any thoughts? It is in outline form but just ignore the outline and it will read ok.

What went wrong: The sin problem

1) Review:
a) Man created by God
i) (3/4 of usa pop. Does NOT believe in evolution) Jesus is the ONLY candidate who claims to be God.
ii) Bible is HIS story of redemption
iii) God created man for fellowship, to be a part of himself as he was one in the trinity…
iv) He had fellowship within himself and was expanding the fellowship base.
v) NOT other Gods.
vi) Could only be ONE WILL in the universe because there is only ONE POWER, One Light etc.
2) Most of the world knows the story of Adam and Eve.
a) They disobeyed God and were cast out of the Garden.
b) What happened behind the scenes?
c) What was sin and where did it come from?
d) No need to convince people that sin and evil exist, that is to obvious in every culture.
3) When God created man in the garden he gave man a free will as an expression of himself in order for man to be separate and distinct from God.
a) Created in the likeness or image of God, man was not God but a kind of reflection of him.
b) The lines of distinction from man's point of view were blurred.
c) God was obviously more powerful and the creator but man in his original perfection could not see all the differences clearly.
d) God created man with a free will to operate in cooperation and obedience to God.
e) Man’s free will is a reflection of God’s free will.
f) The infinite difference between the created and creator would only be known IF AND WHEN man should chose to exercise his own will outside of God.
i) Thus the one choice of the forbidden fruit…which gave man a choice…
g) When that happened the separation was infinite, immediate and obvious.
h) All that God is, man was not.
i) All that man now is, God is not.
j) The contrast is now quite clear.
k) Think of it like this.
i) God is a white piece of paper, man is a white cutout image.
ii) Place the cut out on the white sheet of paper and the paper man blends into the paper god.
iii) When man opted out of God’s will and into his own, the likeness was destroyed.
iv) He is now demonstrating one chief distinctive from God...exercise of his own independent will.
l) Man is now quite distinct from God, losing all that is in God.
i) As it were, man’s own will stained him the blackest of black.
ii) Now instead of seeing man white on god white, it is black on white.
iii) All That which is NOT god showed up instantly and immediately with no way for man to restore that division or unstain himself.
4) God made it possible to restore man’s purity and “whiteness” in the life and work of His son whom he indwelt.
a) When, by faith, man commits to the eternal will of God he does not become god, but is made white again and restored to his original position in God.
b) More of that in weeks to come when we talk about what happened on the cross.

5) Where did man’s original sin come from?

6) To understand where original sin came from we have to understand where ANYTHING came from.
a) The only reliable source of information on that subject is God’s Word as recorded in the Bible.
b) God opens His Book to us with the undefined declaration:
i) GE 1:1 In the beginning God.
c) As He unfolds the story we learn more about him but never everything.
d) His ultimate description of himself was given to Moses. THE ULTIMATE EXPRESSION OF HIMSELF IS JESUS
i) EX 3:13 Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, `The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, `What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?" EX 3:14 God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: `I AM has sent me to you.' "
e) Later God will go on to explain: DT 32:39 "See now that I myself am He! There is no god besides me.
f) Logically this statement I AM makes sense to me because something has to exist in and of itself, outside of and beyond creation.
g) Of necessity whatever the IT is, it must be all encompassing of any description or definition, perfect, limitless and eternal.
h) Every other model develops everything out of NOTHING, which is beyond absurd!
i) INTERESTING to note in every description of the nothing they assume a something to start with …
i) But according to them, that something cannot be “god” which is why ¾ of the population does not believe in evolution.
j) So what we know is that simply put, God IS, or God AM if you prefer.
k) Before he created anything at all, he was all there was.
i) Forget about time limitations here because there was NO time and nothing and no one to mark its passing.
ii) Injecting time into timelessness is self contradictory but I don’t know how to say it other than at some point at the beginning of time when the concept of time itself began, God began to create things that were NOT God
iii) but in everything he created there was a reflection of God.
iv) In time, God manifested himself in the person of Christ. Paul explained: The perfect, complete and final expression of himself
l) COL 1:15 He (Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
m) His point was not TO PUNISH SIN< but to reconcile! What appears to us as punishment is actually reconciliation. More on that in later lessons

7) The Bible simply declares that EVERYTHING, of any description is in Christ and created by him and held together by Him.
a) Does this make Christ the author or originator of Sin?
b) Scripture and logic both demonstrate the impossibility of that.
c) God declares that he is both Love and Light.
d) We be;oeve that the opposite, hate and darkness exist but how?
e) They were not in God.
f) But since they exist they must somehow be a part of creation.
g) It is hard to physically picture the love / hate relationship so we will use the parallel Dark/ light.
h) We Know for a fact that darkness does not exist in God.
i) logically it cannot since God is Light. If we miss the logic, the Bible flatly declares:
(1) 1JN 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
(2) Forget the argument that the light of god is not PHYSICAL light. Doesn’t matter, Physical light is the manifestation of the spiritual reality…ie essentially the same thing.
8) So where did darkness come from if it was not created and for that matter what is darkness?
a) There is no formula for dark as there is for light.
b) Google or Bing Formula for light and you will get pages of formulas for different aspects of light, wave length, speed, etc. Google formula for DARK and you will get all kinds of products from fabric dyes to chocolate to beer, but nothing for dark itself.
e) Without the light, we could not know or understand there is darkness.
f) You cannot start from darkness to discover light…because it is nothing!
g) Darkness is simply the ABSENCE of light. Before creation there was NO darkness because ONLY God was and he is light.
j) That is why mankind is totally dependent on God coming to reveal the light. We are in total darkness.
9) Genesis tell us more:
i) GE 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. GE 1:3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning--the first day.
b) In creation there is a difference between God/light and the created/dark. It was dark because it was NOT GOD and God had NOT given it light.
c) Creation only has the light God gives it. In and of itself it is dark.
d) Dark can be only on the creation side, never the God side of the God/not God equation.
e) We only have a sense of it by the CONTRAST with light.
f) God did not create darkness anymore than he created hate because it is not in Him.
g) Hate should be seen as darkness, the absence of God’s love.
10) God did not create sin but his creation revealed it as something that is not in or of God.
a) Sin, darkness, hatred and the like are not the true reality.
b) They do not even exist apart from their presence being revealed by the contrast with the Holiness, love and light of God.
c) They will NOT EXIST in eternity with God either! (not real sure about hell, only that I won’t be there)
i) 23 Rev 21:23: The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
11) In God’s original creation it was all good and a true reflection of Him.
a) Man’s exercise of his free will (which was also a reflection of God’s free will) brought into the light all the evil, destruction and darkness we call today sin.
b) Before Adam’s free will exercise (see Why God allowed sin) sin had no meaning or power.
c) AFTER his action he lost all the light of God with no possibility of regaining it on his own.
d) Now he had only the light of the sun and could see he was naked…thus the fig leaf jockies.
e) All subsequent generations were NOT born in the image of God, but in the image of Adam, in darkness.
i) GE 5:3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.
12) Man was created in the image of God of holiness, light and love, but BORN in the image of Adam in darkness.
a) Jesus, the second Adam, came and destroyed the bondage of darkness and all its relatives that befell man in his independence from God
b) and made it possible for man to return to the purity of the Light and love of God.
c) Darkness no longer has any hold over any child of God:
d) The good news is that darkness in any form will never regain control again, NEVER!
e) And that can begin now in your experience here like it will be then. God promises us: Romans 6:14 1 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
i) Law reveals the darkness, Grace reveals the light!

13) Rev 22:5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

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