There is one thing common to all men: We are descended from the very first man God created, that is Adam. Each and every one of us can trace our lineage back to Adam and though much has been clouded by the mists of time we can know some very important things by paying close attention to the Creation and Fall of Man.
12 Things about the Creation and Fall of Man
1. Man was created in the Image of God. We read from Genesis 1:26 that:
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
This is the Imago Dei-the Image of God, but what is included in the Image of God as regards the Creation of Man? For starters we, that is man, hold a higher place in creation than all else God created to inhabit this Earth. Adam was appointed God’s representative in creation and through this was to show God’s glory. We also know from both daily observance and introspection that there are three aspects of the Imago Dei as relating to what man possesses:
- Man is a moral creature. Though through the Fall ( more on that in minute ) the Imago Dei is marred, man still remains a moral creation. Romans 1 declares that God is evident to men and that they suppress this truth in unrighteousness. This includes the moral law of God written upon man’s heart that he willfully and stubbornly suppresses.
- Man is Spiritual. We are Spiritual creatures in that we consists of more than our physical bodies. For believers, we know that His Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are sons of God and because of that the rebirth ( regeneration ) is not physical but spiritual.
- Intellectual. Men, at least some of them, are thinking creatures. Some of us have even figured out what opposable thumbs are used for. We have language, mathematics, and the fine arts which all require intelligence to some degree. We are intellectual because within the Godhead their is intelligence…afterall God even tells us ” come and let us reason together “
2. Man was Blessed. God blessed man with being created in the Imago Dei, provided him with a suitable partner, and ideal conditions. However, we couldn’t handle the goodness and bliss we were created in.
3. We were told to be fruitful and multiply. Now we are talking. Sex is not dirty, sordid, or perverted when viewed in the proper context as God created us. The union between a man a woman in the bond of marriage is a blessing and most certainly a pleasure but is also the means of pro-creation. What does this mean? Sex is for both pleasure and utilitarian purposes. We were to populate the Earth with more people in the Imago Dei, but we fell ( more on that later ).
4. God provided everything man needed. In the Creation of man God had provided everything Adam would need to not only survive but to thrive. I mean think about it….an unfallen world with no thorns or thistles to hinder the good things God had created. No pollution, no contamination, and no disease to thwart and kill the grapes and peaches growing in the Garden….see point 5.
5. The Garden of Eden. God, the creator of the universe and the First Cause of all causes created a very special Garden and placed Adam and Even in it. In the Creation and Fall of Man we must remember that man had not fallen yet. This was the Paradise of Paradises. This Garden was the Ritz Carlton of all accomadations….and it was created especially for us…the bearers of the Imago Dei. Adam was to tend this Garden but it would not be laborsome…..it was to be a joyful experience in full communion with God.
6. Their was one Stipulation. There was only one thing Adam and Eve were not to do….eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. One tree out of the countless multitudes that he could not eat from. Only one command to ensure his continued blessedness.
The Creation and now the Fall
7. The Serpent’s Deception. Who let the snake in the house? This crafty serpent knew what he was doing and still does today. The master deceiver and twister of God’s words, he is the father of lies, came to Eve and enticed her to break the only stipulation that had been given to Adam…not to eat of that one infernal tree. We can see three things from this account:
- The serpent twisted God’s Word
- Eve added to God’s Word
- Adam shirked his responsibility by not leading his wife and failed keep the covenant with God
8. They ( Adam and Eve ) were Idolatrous. No, they did not bow down to an idol of wood or metal but they bowed down still. They bowed their knees to a self-determination apart from God’s command. Sin entered their hearts before the fruit ever hit their lips as they disobeyed by even considering doing what God had said no to.
9. We all fell in Adam. Adam was the representative head of the whole of humanity. He was our first father and as such he stood in our stead and he failed…quite miserably I might add. I mean think about it…one command…one stipulation in the whole of creation and he failed. Now, do not tell anyone this but I would have failed and most likely sooner than Adam did….and so would you.
10. They tried to pass the buck. Ever been found out doing something you should not have been doing? Of course you have and what do we most often do? We pass the buck. We shift the blame to someone other than ourselves and that is what both Adam and Eve did at the Fall of Man. Eve blamed the Serpent. Adam blamed both God and Eve. But no one blamed themselves for disobeying God in this narrative of the Creation and Fall of Man.
11. The Curse. Adam, Eve, and the whole of Creation were cursed. Someone help us for we have fallen and cannot get up. Eve, for her trouble, received multiplied pain in childbirth and she even started the feminist movement as she was now to have an unnatural desire to usurp her husband. Adam’s grand prize was sweaty and dirty toil to feed himself and his soon to be growing family instead of feasting on God’s bounty. Included in this prize package was death. The time clock had started ticking and was marching incessantly towards the final second of their lives. Want to know what was even worse? The spiritual death and total depravity that came at that instant. A separation and inability to please God that had been absent before.
12. God’s Amazing Promise. Even with all this ruckus God was not taken by surprise and began the plan that had been in effect from all Eternity. He announced in seed form the very Gospel that would fully come to fruition in the New Testament….That the seed of woman would crush the head of the serpent even though the serpent would bruise His heel.
God’s merciful plan to redeem man by offering His Son was even now being articulated to the fallen image bearers in this wonderfully sad story of the Creation and Fall of Man.
The Creation and Downfall of Man
In the Creation and Fall of Man God has revealed to us what we need to know about man and his fall ( if you didn’t notice this is not an exhaustive list ). The Scriptures fill in much more later but this is the basis for all that follows in the grand scheme of the Redemption of Fallen Man.
What do you think?