The First Sin

Genesis Chapter 3 says:

"Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’? And the woman said to the serpent, ‘From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.’ And the serpent said to the woman, ‘You surely shall not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make {one} wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ And he said, ‘I heard the sound of Thee in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.’ And He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ And the man said, ‘The woman whom Thou gavest {to be} with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.’ Then the LORD God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ And the woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’ And the LORD God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; On your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life; And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.’ To the woman He said, ‘I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, in pain you shall bring forth children; yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.’ Then to Adam He said, ‘Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.’ Now the man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all {the} living. And the LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. Then the LORD God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever’ - therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim, and the flaming sword which turned every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life." (Genesis 3:1-24)

Adam was told in Genesis 2:16,17 that "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.’" Issuing a negative command always seems to spark interest in a subject. Your mind tends to focus on the subject at hand and skip the NOT part of the statement.

The first two chapters of the book of Genesis talk of God, the Spirit of God, Adam and Eve. In the third chapter, we are introduced to the serpent who is still called the serpent in the last book of the Bible (Revelation 12:3)

Where did Satan come from?

Well the truth is: the bible really does not say. A lot of scholars believe that Satan was the leader of the cast out angels, for we know that the angels sinned and did not keep their estate(Jude 6 and II Peter 2:4). But nowhere does it say that Satan was one of those angels. Since the bible does not say specifically, we are going to have to say "we don’t know" and it must be irrelevant for us to know or it would specify.

The Devil began his destructive work in the garden. For it says in I Peter 5:8 to "Be of sober {spirit,} be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." The Devil was able to trick Eve into eating the apple. For the scripture says in II Corinthians 11:3 "But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity {of devotion} to Christ." And in I Timothy, it says "And {it was} not Adam {who} was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression." (I Timothy 2:14)

For we know that what we sow, we will also reap. Galatians 6:7-10 says "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith."

Does this happen in our advanced world today?

How was the serpent able to do this? Well, it says in Genesis 3:1 that "Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made". So he is craftier than all the animals but should not be as crafty as man.

Satan is the perfect liar. In fact, he is the father of all lies. Jesus said in rebuking the Pharisees "You are of {your} father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own {nature;} for he is a liar, and the father of lies." (John 8:44). Now it actually does not appear that Adam heard the serpent’s sermon but he was talked into the sin by Eve. Do we see this happen today? Does it matter that Adam was sincere and thought he was doing the right thing? Not one bit, the judgement passed down was the same. Even though a lot of people know what the word of God says, they choose to things contrary to the Word of God. They choose to sin rather than holding steadfastly to the obedience of Christ.

Man was created as a creature of choice and not as a robot that obeys everything. Only Adam was given the commandment not to eat of the tree but Eve knew what the commandment was as we found out in Genesis 3:2,3. Eve ate and then she talked Adam into eating. And then something interesting happened. "And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ And he said, ‘I heard the sound of Thee in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.’ And He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’" Notice when they were called on the carpet for their actions: Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent. Does the blame game played here sound familiar to situations that happen today?

Did blaming someone else have any effect on their punishment?

Notice that Adam and Eve were kicked out of the house(the Garden of Eden) for the next 1500 pages or so of your Old Testament.

God told Adam, "In the day you eat from it [the tree of knowledge of good and evil], you will surely die" (Genesis 2:17). Did Adam die on the day that he ate the forbidden fruit? The Bible says that "all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died" (Genesis 5:5).

Maybe God lied to Adam? Maybe He was kidding Adam along a little so that Adam wouldn’t eat of that fruit?

No! Adam died on the day that he ate of the fruit! He died the kind of death God fears most for His children - spiritual death!

The word death means "separation." When a person dies physically, the spirit is separated from the body (James 2:26). Spiritual death is the separation of the spirit from God, not from the body.

What causes this separation? What dreaded disease is this that separates a man from the Father of spirits?

Isaiah, speaking for the Lord, tells us: "Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; neither is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you, so that He does not hear" (Isaiah 59:1,2).

That’s the problem. A man’s sins - S-I-N-S - separate him from God! And, as James said, "Each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren" (James 1:14 -16).

Adam and Eve were separated from the tree of life and thus were dying physically. And sin has been a big problem ever since. We all have a terminal illness; we have sin in our bodies and we eventually will come face to face with physical death. For it says in I Corinthians 15:22 that "For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive." And the whole rest of the bible talks of how man is to deal with the subject of sin.

So what is sin? – Sin is basically disobedience to God’s commands but let’s take a look at how the Bible defines it. James 4:17 says "Therefore, to one who knows {the} right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin." And in I John 3:4, it says "Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness." So we can see from the above two scriptures that there is a sin of omission and a sin of lawlessness.

Sin is committed when we let the flesh win out against the spirit. James 1:14-16 says "But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren." And then once you start committing sins, it is very tough to stop. "Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.’" (John 8:34) But God gave us something to help us recognize sin and the proper terms for breaking its bondage. "But the Scripture has shut up all men under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe." (Galatians 3:22). We will talk more about what that promise was later.

What was the SIN that was committed in the Garden?

Notice that the sin in the garden was not one of drunkeness or adultery but a turning from God’s Word to False Doctrine. And the same thing has been happening ever since. Every soul that does not teach what the Bible says, including the plan of salvation, teaches false doctrine and will be accursed according to the apostle Paul (Galatians 1:8,9). And what about all of those people following the people who teach false doctrine? "Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit." (Matthew 15:14). At least that is, if you would like to take Jesus’ word for it. He is certainly the authority on the subject.

The Consequences that were cast down for this sin were very great. If Adam and Eve had known that God meant every word he said, there is no way they would have committed that sin. But God placed earthly hardships on them. For Genesis 3:16-19 says "To the woman He said, ‘I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, in pain you shall bring forth children; yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.’ Then to Adam He said, ‘Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.’" And then God pronounced death on them in Genesis 3:22 "Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever."

The Bible is set against the idea of people being judged for the sin of Adam and Eve. For we will all give an account for ourselves. Romans 14:12 says "So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God." So then each of us will give an account to God for our own actions. And in II Corinthians 5:10, it says "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad."

The Bible also tells us that we will suffer and go to the grave with the ungodly(like the rest of the world). I Corinthians 15:21,22 says "For since by a man {came} death, by a man also {came} the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive." And also in Romans 5:12-14 says "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned - for until the Law sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come."

God however issues the first curse on Satan in Genesis 3:14 where it says "And the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; On your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life;" And then in Genesis 3:15, it says "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel." Satan bruised Jesus on the heel when he had him crucified on the cross, but Jesus gave Satan a crushing blow on the head because of His resurrection. (Hebrews 2:14)

The scriptures show that those living under the law of Moses are under the curse of sin. Galatians 3:10 says "For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.’" And then in Galatians 4:4,5 tells us "But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons." The devil thought he had won the battle when Jesus went to the cross but it actually sealed his own fate. For Hebrews 2:14,15 says "Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives."

The time will come when all who refuse the son of God will be cast into the lake of fire with the Satan going before them. Revelation 20:10,15 says "And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." And where will the true Christians be at this time: "But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells." (II Peter 3:13)

When sin is done, the curse will be gone. Revelation 21:4 says "and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be {any} death; there shall no longer be {any} mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." And the reason for this: "And there shall no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His bond-servants shall serve Him; and they shall see His face, and His name {shall be} on their foreheads. And there shall no longer be {any} night; and they shall not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall illumine them; and they shall reign forever and ever." (Revelation 22:3-5)

And what does the rest of the bible have to say about this subject. Well we start in Romans "Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. And the gift is not like {that which came} through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment {arose} from one {transgression} resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift {arose} from many transgressions resulting in justification. For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. And the Law came in that the transgression might increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 5:14-20)

And it also says in I Corinthians 15:45-49 that "So also it is written, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living soul.’ The last Adam {became} a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. And just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." Notice that humans are to be born naturally first, in the likeness of Adam and then be born spiritually, in the likeness of Christ.

And it says in I Timothy 2:12-15 "But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, {and} then Eve. And {it was} not Adam {who} was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression. But {women} shall be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint."