Genesis

The Creation

(Gen. 1:1-3)

  1. All Created Things Began in God (v. 1).
  2. All Created Things Depend Upon God for Fruition (v. 2).
  3. All Created Things Depend Upon God for Light (v. 3).
    1. Was so of original creation
    2. Is so of new creation (2 Cor. 5:17; John 1:4-5)

The Supreme Creation

(Gen. 1:26-27)

  1. Man Supreme Creation Because Created in Image of God
  2. Man Supreme Creation Because Given Supremacy Over Other Created Things
  3. Supremacy Included Equality (Male and Female)

In the Image of Three Divine Personalities

(Gen. 1:26)

  1. In the Image of God the Father
    1. Our Creator
    2. Our likeness to him
      1. Triune personality (body, soul, spirit)
      2. Intelligence
      3. Immortality, etc.
  2. In the Image of God the Son
    1. Our Savior
    2. Our perfect example, etc.
  3. In the Image of God the Holy Spirit
    1. Our Advocate, etc.
    2. Our source of power for every need

Shaped by the Master Potter

(Gen. 2:7)

  1. The Form (clay in the potter's hands)
  2. The Life (life began upon a sacred foundation)
  3. The Soul (man's completeness began in the spiritual realm)

Sin's Curse and Man's Deliverance

(Gen. 3:1-24)

  1. Sin's Curse
    1. Sin separated man from God (vv. 7-8).
    2. Sin made man afraid of God (vv. 9-10).
    3. Sin degraded man to a low estate (vv. 23-24).
    4. Sin enslaved man (vv. 17-18).
    5. Sin condemned man to death (v. 19).
  2. Man's Deliverance (v. 21, see also 1 John 1:7)
    1. The blood reconciles man to God (Eph. 2:13).
    2. The blood destroys fear of God's wrath (Rom. 5:8-9).
    3. The blood restores to man his right standing with God (Rom. 8:17).
    4. The blood delivers man from sin's slavery (Col. 1:13-14).
    5. The blood brings new life to the dead (Heb. 9:14).

Three Great Sins

(Gen. 3:6, compare 1 John 2:15-17)

  1. The Lust of the Flesh
  2. The Lust of the Eyes
  3. The Pride of Life

Sin Equals Fear

(Gen. 3:8)

  1. Man's Original Courageousness in God Implied
  2. Man False Enlightenment Becomes Darkness (vv. 5, 7)
  3. Man's Enslavement to Fear

God's Call to Sinners

(Gen. 3:9-11)

  1. God Seeks the Sinner First (v. 9).
  2. The Sinner Seeks to Hide from God (v. 10).
  3. God Demands a Personal Accounting of the Sinner (v. 11).

A Savior Promised

(Gen. 3:15)

  1. The Conflict of Personalities
    1. Satan the tempter
    2. Mankind's fall
  2. The Conflict of Seeds
    1. Satan's war against Christ ("shall bruise his heel")
    2. Christ's ultimate victory ("Shall bruise [his] head")
  3. The Present Application
    1. Man is a sinner held under Satan's power.
    2. Christ broke Satan's power over mankind on the cross.

From Dust to Dust

(Gen. 3:19)

  1. Dust—Man's Origin
    1. But he became something more beautiful. ("God... breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul," Gen. 2:7.)
    2. Then he became something very ugly (Gen. 2:16-17; 3:6).
  2. Dust—Man's Doom
    1. Speaks of physical body
    2. Spiritual doom far more reaching and terrible
  3. Christ—Man's Hope
    1. Second Adam (1 Cor. 15:21-22, 45)
    2. New creation (2 Cor. 5:17)

Retrospect

("And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother?" Gen. 4:9).

  1. Sin Cannot Be Overlooked.
    1. Because conscience is pricked by the retrospection of evil deeds
    2. Because God demands an accounting
  2. Sin Brings Out the Worst in Man.
    1. Cain murdered his brother and then denied it.
    2. The "Cain" in mankind would have us deny sin's presence
  3. Sin Must Be Reflected Upon and Dealt with Properly.
    1. Retrospection without repentance spells misery in the present life.
    2. Retrospection without repentance spells misery in eternity.

The Representative Walk

(Gen. 5:22-24; Heb. 11:9)

  1. Enoch Is Representative of a Good Father.
  2. Enoch Is Representative of Genuine Christianity.
  3. Enoch Is Representative of the Rapture of the Church.

The Godward Walk

(Gen. 5:24)

("And Enoch walked with God...)

  1. The Godward Walk Results in Fellowship with God.
  2. The Godward Walk Results in Service to God.
  3. The Godward Walk Results in Holy Living.
  4. The Godward Walk Results in Assurance.
  5. The Godward Walk Results in Great Reward ("... and God took him" Gen. 5:24).

True Grace

(Gen. 6:8)

  1. Who Says Grace Is a New Testament Doctrine Only?
  2. Who Will Question the Judgment of God Upon Those Not Under His Grace? (v. 13).
  3. Who Will Deny That the Grace of God Is Unmerited? (Gen. 7:7).
  4. Who Can Say That God's Grace Is Not Sufficient? (Gen. 7:23).