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Summary: The docrine of the Fall and Salvation of man are central to Biblical Truth

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The 16 Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God

4. The Fall of Man

a. Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness."

b. However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual

death, which is separation from God.

5. The Salvation of Man (sure would hate to just preach on the fall, and not conclude with the Good News!)

a. Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.

b. Conditions to Salvation:

i. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ.

ii. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, being justified by grace through faith,

man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life.

c. The Evidence of Salvation

i. The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit.

ii. The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.

Let’s Talk About the Fall of Man . . .

AP 1/3/02 “Pasers-by Rob Dead Woman.” It’s a new year. Has the human condition

changed? On New Year’s Day 2002, passers-by robbed the body of a Las Vegas woman

killed after she was hit by three vehicles. Las Vegas police said the first two vehicles that

struck 42-year-old Lynette Spiller drove away. While Spiller’s body was pinned under the

third car, passers-by combed through her purse, wallet, and backpack. Detective Doug

Nutton said one person later gave police Spiller’s identification card, saying it had been

found elsewhere. Police said Spiller was jaywalking, but the drivers of the first two cars

could be charged with felony hit-and-run. The driver of the third car stopped.

I. Things started out pretty good – in fact, they started out very good.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the

sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the

ground." 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created

them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule

over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." 29 Then

God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in

it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures

that move on the ground--everything that has the breath of life in it--I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth

day.

Genesis 2:8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.

9 And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground--trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for

food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters.

15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD

God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of

the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."

25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

A. Everything else that had been created was called “good,” until he created man. God then said it was “very

good.”

B. Think of how good things were:

1. Dominion over all of creation

2. Food was provided at no work or expense (24-hour buffet)

3. There was no guilt, shame, or sin – all was perfect . . . very good.

4. One Rule – one “no, no.”

5. Created in the image and likeness of God

a. Perhaps this was just too good

b. Reminds me of what I’ve learned about children placed in a therapeutic foster care environment. If

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