Let us now look at the third question in our series, “From what do we need to be saved?” And again, reading backwards through the book of Genesis chapters three, two, and one, we will look at the warning God gave Adam before his fall, and before Adam then turn to tell us his story.
Reading the history of creation, we find a conversation that took place between the man and God after he was created. The story reads, Genesis 2:7-17 “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.
And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is, it which compassed the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compassed the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is, it which goes toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. And the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eat thereof thou shalt surely die. That was the conversation and warning that was given to Adam.
Adam was warned the day he eats of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he shall die, and why this was important, it was because the fruit of the tree was a counsel to rebel against God because this tree was that evil Lucifer now called a serpent in the story whose intent it was to be like the most High God.
In time passed after his creation, Lucifer was stripped of his authority to stand in the presence of God, he was no longer able to serve at the side of God. Because over time, and seeing the praise God received, Lucifer’s heart grew jealous, and in his jealously desire to become like God, a desire that led him to rebellion and so he was stripped of his authority.
Isaiah wrote, Isaiah 14:12-15 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou have said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet said a voice from heaven, “thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” And being removed from his seat of authority, Lucifer set his eyes upon Adam in whom God’s authority now rest.
God knew Lucier had it in his heart to become like God, and to do that he needed to have the worship of men in whom the authority of God now rests. So, God warned Adam to be careful of the counsel of Lucifer now called a serpent in the story, and if he were to live, he was to keep to the tree of life who was Christ himself the tree of life. But as we know reading from Genesis three and working our way backwards to chapter one of Genesis, we know Adam had joined Lucifer in his rebellion against God only to find himself suffering under the penalty of death.
Now, in Romans 6:23 we read, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” And reading this story and scripture, we know it is pointing back to the day Adam chose to rebel against God. He was warned, Genesis 2:16-17 “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eat thereof thou shalt surely die.
This is now the penalty that is upon all that would come through the birth channel of Adam and his Eve, for it is because of Adam’ sin we have all come to need a savior, and our savior is the Son of God Jesus Christ. As it stands, we are under a penalty, and for that reason the things in this world that can take our lives is a tool, and part of the punishment we are facing.
So, as we live our lives, we are living by the grace of God each day because being that we are guilty by birth right as children of Adam, God is justified in allowing us to perish if he so chooses and by any means because of what sin is producing in our bodies and lives.
Let us remember what God said to Adam as a warning before his fall. Genesis 2:16-17 “The LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eat thereof thou shalt surely die.” And Adam knew this truth and chose to defy God believing the lie of the enemy, he was brought down to the ground, and as his children we are also facing that penalty.
This then show as humans, we need to be saved from the penalty of death, and the many ways God can carry out that penalty. Some of us may die at birth, others in old age, and yet, many by other means. The point, there are many ways by which we can die, and they are countless. But the point we are making is this, we are facing death every day because of a penalty that is resting on our lives, and it is this penalty we need saving from.
Therefore, looking at the future of scripture and reading Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” What we need to understand is the reality that Jesus came in the world to save us from the penalty of sin. And if we can remember what we read in Romans 6:23 the wages, or the payment for sin is death. We can then understand we need saving from the wrath of God which is the judgment that will bring the full weight of the penalty of sin on our shoulders.
Adam was warned, and we are being warned that in the coming days, years to come, God has appointed a day in which he will repay every man according to his work. And this message is nothing new because when John was preaching in his generation this is what he said to those in attendance. Matthew 3:7-8 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
John warned, we are to bring forth fruit and meet to show we have truly repented because there is a coming wrath and who is warning you to flee from the wrath to come. So, from what do we need to be saved? We need saving from the coming wrath of God which is the judgment of God to repay everyman according to his works.