- All Created Things Began in God (v. 1).
- All Created Things Depend Upon God for Fruition (v. 2).
- All Created Things Depend Upon God for Light (v. 3).
- Was so of original creation
- Is so of new creation (2 Cor. 5:17; John 1:4-5)
The Supreme Creation
- Man Supreme Creation Because Created in Image of God
- Man Supreme Creation Because Given Supremacy Over Other Created Things
- Supremacy Included Equality (Male and Female)
In the Image of Three Divine Personalities
- In the Image of God the Father
- Our Creator
- Our likeness to him
- Triune personality (body, soul, spirit)
- Immortality, etc.
- In the Image of God the Son
- Our Savior
- Our perfect example, etc.
- In the Image of God the Holy Spirit
- Our Advocate, etc.
- Our source of power for every need
Shaped by the Master Potter
- The Form (clay in the potter's hands)
- The Life (life began upon a sacred foundation)
- The Soul (man's completeness began in the spiritual realm)
Sin's Curse and Man's Deliverance
- Sin's Curse
- Sin separated man from God (vv. 7-8).
- Sin made man afraid of God (vv. 9-10).
- Sin degraded man to a low estate (vv. 23-24).
- Sin enslaved man (vv. 17-18).
- Sin condemned man to death (v. 19).
- Man's Deliverance (v. 21, see also 1 John 1:7)
- The blood reconciles man to God (Eph. 2:13).
- The blood destroys fear of God's wrath (Rom. 5:8-9).
- The blood restores to man his right standing with God (Rom. 8:17).
- The blood delivers man from sin's slavery (Col. 1:13-14).
- The blood brings new life to the dead (Heb. 9:14).
Three Great Sins
(Gen. 3:6, compare 1 John 2:15-17)
- The Lust of the Flesh
- The Lust of the Eyes
- The Pride of Life
Sin Equals Fear
- Man's Original Courageousness in God Implied
- Man False Enlightenment Becomes Darkness (vv. 5, 7)
- Man's Enslavement to Fear
God's Call to Sinners
- God Seeks the Sinner First (v. 9).
- The Sinner Seeks to Hide from God (v. 10).
- God Demands a Personal Accounting of the Sinner (v. 11).
A Savior Promised
- The Conflict of Personalities
- Satan the tempter
- Mankind's fall
- The Conflict of Seeds
- Satan's war against Christ ("shall bruise his heel")
- Christ's ultimate victory ("Shall bruise [his] head")
- The Present Application
- Man is a sinner held under Satan's power.
- Christ broke Satan's power over mankind on the cross.
From Dust to Dust
- Dust—Man's Origin
- But he became something more beautiful. ("God... breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul," Gen. 2:7.)
- Then he became something very ugly (Gen. 2:16-17; 3:6).
- Dust—Man's Doom
- Speaks of physical body
- Spiritual doom far more reaching and terrible
- Christ—Man's Hope
- Second Adam (1 Cor. 15:21-22, 45)
- New creation (2 Cor. 5:17)
("And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother?" Gen. 4:9).
- Sin Cannot Be Overlooked.
- Because conscience is pricked by the retrospection of evil deeds
- Because God demands an accounting
- Sin Brings Out the Worst in Man.
- Cain murdered his brother and then denied it.
- The "Cain" in mankind would have us deny sin's presence
- Sin Must Be Reflected Upon and Dealt with Properly.
- Retrospection without repentance spells misery in the present life.
- Retrospection without repentance spells misery in eternity.
The Representative Walk
(Gen. 5:22-24; Heb. 11:9)
- Enoch Is Representative of a Good Father.
- Enoch Is Representative of Genuine Christianity.
- Enoch Is Representative of the Rapture of the Church.
The Godward Walk
("And Enoch walked with God...)
- The Godward Walk Results in Fellowship with God.
- The Godward Walk Results in Service to God.
- The Godward Walk Results in Holy Living.
- The Godward Walk Results in Assurance.
- The Godward Walk Results in Great Reward ("... and God took him" Gen. 5:24).
- Who Says Grace Is a New Testament Doctrine Only?
- Who Will Question the Judgment of God Upon Those Not Under His Grace? (v. 13).
- Who Will Deny That the Grace of God Is Unmerited? (Gen. 7:7).
- Who Can Say That God's Grace Is Not Sufficient? (Gen. 7:23).