Introduction: My dear Jewish friend dismisses Jesus as “that
itinerant teacher.” He does not believe that 2,000 years ago God
became man and authoritatively dealt with the sin problem. What is
God’s answer to these kinds of charges? How many times have you sat
in your home and thought that it was created out of nearby trees by a
terrible wind storm? How about five million years of storms? What if
you threw in a few earthquakes? No one thinks their fine home came
about by accident. God essentially says “I created you and the earth,
and so you can believe that I am able to become a human and defeat
sin.” Let’s plunge into our Bible study and learn more about the link
between the Creation and our salvation!

  1. Sin Soup

    1. Read Genesis 2:15-17. Have you ever seen a highway sign
      that states the fine if you are caught speeding? What is
      the “posted” penalty for eating from the tree of the
      knowledge of good and evil? (“You will surely die.”)

    2. Read Genesis 3:8-11. What is the answer to God’s question?
      (If you read the earlier verses in Genesis 3, you will see
      that they have both eaten fruit from the forbidden tree.)

      1. Why do you think that the humans are hiding? Is it
        because they are naked? Or, it is because they
        remember the penalty for eating from the forbidden

    3. Read Genesis 3:12. The normal explanation that I hear for
      Adam eating the forbidden fruit is that he did not want to
      lose Eve. If you believe what Adam just said, what is the
      logical response to it? Should Eve be put to death?

    4. Read Genesis 3:13. What do you think about the woman’s
      response? (At least she is not blaming Adam. Killing the
      serpent is not something that would cause her pain.)

    5. Read Genesis 3:14. Does God believe Eve? (Yes. God knew
      exactly what had happened.)

      1. Why is the penalty something other than death?

    6. Read Genesis 3:15. Is this penalty death? (Yes. Crushing
      the head would cause death.)

    7. Read Genesis 3:16. Is this penalty death? (No, at least
      not immediately.)

    8. Read Genesis 3:17-19. Is this penalty death? (Yes and no.
      Like Eve and the serpent, there is an immediate penalty of
      something other than death, and then ultimately death. We
      “return to the ground.”)

    9. We looked at the “posted” penalty for disobedience, and we
      looked at the actual penalty. What does this teach us
      about God? (He tells the truth about judgment. But, He
      shows grace.)

  2. Grace

    1. Read 1 Corinthians 15:21. Who is the man through whom
      death came? (Adam.)

      1. Why doesn’t the text say “Eve?”

    2. Read 1 Corinthians 15:22-23. How are Adam and Jesus
      linked? (Adam gave us death. Jesus gives us life.)

      1. When does Jesus give us life? (“When He comes.”)

      2. To understand this link, do we have to believe in the
        Creation? Does the fact that we believe in an Adam
        help us to believe in Christ Jesus?

    3. Read Romans 5:12-14. How has Adam changed our lives? (He
      brought death. Even if we never violated a specific
      commandment, we would still face death. However, we have
      all independently sinned, therefore we have all earned the
      death penalty.)

    4. Read Romans 5:6-9. How did Jesus give us life? (Recall the
      penalty for sin is death. Jesus paid the penalty for us.)

      1. What other penalty did we avoid? (The wrath of God.)

    5. Read Romans 5:10-11. How did Jesus save us from God’s
      wrath? (Jesus’ death reconciled us to God the Father.)

      1. Look again at Romans 5:8. How can God both love us
        and have wrath towards us? (Sin. God hates sin. He
        does not hate us. Our sin made us His enemies.)

        1. Let’s just step back a moment and think about
          this. Is there any situation in which our God
          is neutral about sin?

          1. If the answer is no, can we ever be
            neutral about sin? (Even though we are
            saved by grace, we still should strive for

    6. Read John 1:1-5 and John 1:14. Who is the Creator of the
      world? (Jesus.)

      1. Why should John first mention Jesus’ work as the
        Creator in his account about Jesus becoming a human?
        (We can believe the “incredible” story about the
        incarnation because we have tangible proof of the
        “incredible” story about how everything around us
        came into being.)

      2. Read Romans 5:18-19. Who came back to settle the sin
        problem and pay the death penalty for us? (Jesus. He
        not only created us, but He “re-created” us when He
        redeemed us from the death penalty. These are
        parallel tasks. They are parallel in credibility, and
        they are parallel in purpose.)

  3. New Heart

    1. Read Genesis 3:4-6. What is Eve seeking by her own
      efforts? (To become like God.)

    2. Read Galatians 3:1-5. Paul asks a series of questions of
      the Galatians. What is the correct answer? (The Holy
      Spirit, and the power of the Holy Spirit, come by belief
      and not by obedience to the law.)

      1. What does this say about Eve’s efforts? (She should
        have believed God, and not tried to become like God
        through her own efforts – efforts which were directly
        prohibited by God.)

      2. When we try to obey the Ten Commandments, are we like
        Eve? (There is one significant difference, God told
        us to keep the Ten Commandments, and He told Eve not
        to eat from the forbidden tree.)

    3. Read Galatians 3:10-14. Does this alter our conclusion
      that God told us to keep the Ten Commandments? (No. Notice
      the difference between “rely[ing]” and “observing.” We
      have to get this distinction right. Nothing that we do
      justifies us before God. Nothing. If you rely on your
      obedience to be justified, you are under a curse because
      we are all sinners. Faith in what Jesus has done for us
      is the only way to salvation. At the same time, God hates
      sin. We need to pursue holiness – knowing that it has
      nothing to do with our salvation. It has to do with loving
      God and loving ourselves.)

    4. Read Ezekiel 36:26-27. Recall that Paul asked the
      Galatians how they came into possession of the Holy Spirit
      – by faith or by works? What role does the Holy Spirit
      play in our pursuit of holiness? (The Holy Spirit living
      in us moves us from having hearts of stone, to hearts of

    5. Read Psalms 51:10-12. For what should we pray? (The Holy
      Spirit! This is the complete picture. We are saved by
      grace alone, we cannot earn salvation by our works. But,
      even when it comes to living a life in accord with God’s
      will, we still are incompetent. It is the free gift of the
      Holy Spirit that gives us a new heart, gives us a willing

    6. Read Galatians 5:16-18 and 1 Corinthians 3:16. What is our
      goal for the Holy Spirit? (To live within us! To guide
      our every decision. God with us!)

    7. Friend, God created us, God redeemed us, and God gives us
      His Holy Spirit to live within us. All of these are
      undeserved gifts. You, like Eve, can try to work out some
      sort of deal on your own, but you are destined to fail.
      Like Adam and Eve, you will be under a curse. Why not,
      right now, choose the other course? Why not claim the
      life, death and resurrection of Jesus on your behalf? Why
      not ask God to send the Holy Spirit to live within your

  4. Creation, Again.