Wednesday :|: July 5, 2017 :|: Blog Series
In Week 1 of our Christian Questions Series, we looked at who God is and what he does. This week, we are turning to man. Where did we come from? How were we created? And what lead to our separation from God? Along with several others. I am not an expert by any means, and I do not have all the answers. There is only one place we can find the knowledge and answers to these questions - the Scriptures. So without rambling, because I tend to do that, let's dive into the 13 Christian Questions we have this week. I have included a free printable (at the bottom of the post) of this week's questions and answers as well. This series is wonderful for Personal Study, Sunday School Classes and Group Bible Studies.
1. WHERE DO YOU LEARN HOW TO LOVE AND OBEY GOD?
God’s Word is the number one place you should be looking, to learn how to love and obey God. For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgements, that thou mayest live and multipy: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land wither thou goest to possess it. (Deuteronomy 30:11-16) The book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that htou may observe to do according to all that is written therin: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8)
2. WHO WROTE THE BIBLE?
Holy men of God were moved by the Holy Ghost and wrote the words spoken to them. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (II Peter 1:19-21)
3. WHO WERE OUR FIRST PARENTS? WHAT WERE THEY MADE OF?
Adam and Eve were our “first parents.” The first man and woman, created by the hands of God. Adam was created out of the ground and Eve was created out of Adam. They were given Souls, as well as bodies. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7) And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God has taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. (Genesis 2:21-22)
4. DO YOU HAVE SOUL AS WELL AS A BODY?
Yes! You have a soul, that can never die. God is not going to command you to use something to love him with and then not equip you. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the Spirit shall return unto God who gave it. (Ecclesiastes 12:7) For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:36-37) And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Thessalonians 5:23) And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. (Mark 12:30)
5. HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A SOUL?
We are given instructions in God’s Word on how to manage and take care of your soul. But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and all thy soul. (Deuteronomy 4:29) And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (Deuteronomy 6:5) The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. (Psalm 121:7) Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul. (Proverbs 22:24-25)
6. IN WHAT CONDITION WERE ADAM AND EVE MADE?
God made Adam and Eve, in perfect, holy and happy condition. There was no Sin in them (yet), and God saw that they were “very” good. God did not see his Creation as “very” good until after he created man. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of the all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:27-31)
7. WHAT IS A COVENANT?
A covenant is a serious, agreement between two or more people. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth. (Genesis 9:11-17) He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance. (Psalm 105:8-11)
8. WHAT WAS ADAM’S PART OF THE AGREEMENT TO STAY IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN?
To remain in the Garden of Eden, Adam was required to obey God’s commandment perfectly. And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Genesis 2:15-17)
9. DID ADAM OBEY GOD?
No! Adam chose to disobey God, after he saw the woman God had made for him disobey as well. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. (Genesis 3:6)
10. DID ADAM’S SIN AFFECT HIM ALONE?
No. When Adam sinned, it had a ripple effect that broke off communion and separated all men from God, by passing down his sinful nature to all and making all mankind subject to God’s wrath. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have 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 to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the multitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. (Romans 5:12-14) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
11. HOW DID GOD PUNISH ADAM’S DISOBEDIENCE?
Adam was punished by death and separation from God. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (Genesis 3:17-24) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (Romans 5:12) Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lust of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. (Ephesians 2:3)
12. WHAT IS SIN?
Sin is the transgression of the law of God. Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin the transgression of the law. (I John 3:4)
13. WHAT DOES TRANSGRESSION MEAN?
Transgression is failing to do what God commands and doing what God forbids. So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it; And enquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse. (I Chronicles 10:13-14) Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindness; for they have been ever of old. Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD. (Psalm 25:6-7) But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and He that curseth his father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of non effect by your tradition. (Matthew 15:3-6)
That's it for this week! I hope that these questions and their Scriptural answers have helped you in some way. It's so very important to know the basics of God's Word. Just recently, I learned the true meaning of transgression and how it differed from sin. Sometimes the Bible can seem confusing, especially to young or baby Christians. Join me next week as we get more in depth with our questions and discuss Satan, and his role in our Christian lives.
Posted in Blog Series