Summary: In the final four verses of Genesis 3, we see an outline for Salvation.
An Outline Of Salvation
Intro: A grandfather found his grandson, jumping up and down in his playpen, crying at the top of his voice. When Johnnie saw his grandfather, he reached up his little chubby hands and said, “Out, Gramp, out.”
It was only natural for Grandfather to reach down to lift the little fellow out of his predicament; but as he did, the mother of the child stepped up and said, “No, Johnnie, you are being punished, so you must stay in.”
The grandfather was at a loss to know what to do. The child’s tears and chubby hands reached deep into his heart, but the mother’s firmness in correcting her son for misbehavior must not be lightly taken. Here was a problem of love versus law, but love found a way. The grandfather could not take the youngster out of the playpen, so he crawled in with him.
. Grace, unconditional Love.
. God will not always deliver us from trouble and heartache, He will not reach into the pens that we have put ourselves into; but He has promised grace for every situation of life.
. He has promised us a way out.
. He gives us his Grace.
. Grace, that’s what sets us apart from all other religions.
. Years ago, a large international conference was held of religious leaders from around the world. In the midst of the conference, a debate began about what it was that set Christianity apart from other religions.
Some argued that it was God coming in the flesh that set Christianity apart from other religions. They decided that wasn’t it, because other religions claimed that their gods came in human form. Some argued that it was love, or sacrifice, or the resurrection, or one thing or another; each idea being shot down. Finally, C. S. Lewis, having arrived late, walked into the conference and asked what all the noise was about. When told they were discussing what it was that set Christianity apart from all other religions, he said, “That’s easy. It’s grace.”
. It is by and through grace that all mankind can be saved.
. Ephesians 2:8 says this:
. 8God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
. Grace is what sets us apart.
. God’s love and provision for man to be reconciled with him.
. We are back in Genesis this morning.
. Our last sermon out of chapter 3
. We have looked at mans disobedience and sin.
. Today, we will see Salvation revealed through the grace of God.
. While we get so much of our Christian theology from Genesis, what Genesis is ultimately about is God’s grace that is bestowed upon his creation.
. Let’s look at the final occurrences in the Garden.
Genesis 3: 20-24
20Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live.
21And the LORD God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.
22Then the LORD God said, “Look, the human beings have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!”
23So the LORD God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made.
24After sending them out, the LORD God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And he placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
.In these verses, we see the outline for salvation.
. As we look at these verses this morning, the first thing we see here is the:
. Penalty for sin
. In verses 22 & 23 we see this.
. 22Then the LORD God said, “Look, the human beings have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!”
. 23So the LORD God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made.
. The penalty for sin is death and separation from God.
. Adam and Eve could and would have lived for eternity in the garden.
.There was only one tree forbidden to them.
. They had access and could eat from the tree of life.
. After their disobedience, God said that they could no longer live forever. They had to lose access to this tree of life.
. He had warned them that they would experience death if they disobeyed him.