Summary: It is all Adam’s fault. Blame him, he did it; you did not eat of that tree, so why are you suffering? Fortunately, Christ repaired the damage that Adam did.



TEXT: ROMANS 5:12-21

She stepped into the 2006 Mustang Convertible. It was her first car. And today it was her birthday. The car was her gift from her loving parents. It was her dream car. It was the car her friends would envy for weeks. As she sat down in her leather bucket seats, she could smell the sweet new car scent. She put the keys into the ignition and turned. The power gave her Goosebumps. Her parents told her to drive it off the lot; they would stay to complete the paperwork. She had her dream car, she had her parents paying for the bill, and she had everything she wanted on that day. As she drove down the road with the top down, feeling the cool wind in her hair, she knew this must have been a dream. But it was not. The first stop was to pick up her best friend. You should have seen the expression on her face when she stepped out of the house. Envy with a little, this is good for me to be seen in this car too was on her face. The girls took off down the road. They were flying through the hills, they were zipping around the corners, and no one ever expected that next corner on this back road. And she just could not handle the power as she hit the large oak tree. Fortunately, the car had airbags and seatbelts. The girls were not hurt, but the car was. It was completely destroyed. The girls just stood there silently as their parents rushed to the site. That beautiful, brand new car was completely destroyed. It was totaled by the insurance company. And the next week she ended up driving an old Oldsmobile.

This happened to Adam and Eve also. Adam and Eve was the never touched car, perfect in every way. God made this couple completely perfect. There was no bad background. There was never any foul language in the home. There were no self-parents or bad example friends. Everything about this couple was perfect. There was no hint of sin in their hearts. The only thing Adam had been freewill. No curiosity about sin. No addiction to sin. No advertisement concerning sin. He just had freewill. The best type of freewill possible. He was the perfect moral free agent. But he threw it all away. Genesis 3:1-8 “Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, ’You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?" And the woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ’You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.’" And the serpent said to the woman, "You surely shall not die! "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.”

In this sin, Adam ruined the rest of humanity. He destroyed all the God intended for me. This one sin made all the difference in the world that we live in. He wrecked humanity, he wrecked this world, and wrecked you and me. If you are looking to blame someone for the problems in your life, look no further than Adam. He is your man. God wanted to have perfect fellowship, perfect harmony with his creation. But Adam had to sin. God wanted a loving relationship with his creation, but Adam sinned. God wanted man to be happy, to be fulfilled, but Adam sinned. Adam ruined everything for us in this one action.

Paul mentions this destruction in Romans 5:12-14 “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned-- for until the Law sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.” Paul is clear in his understanding of the nature of sin. It came from Adam. Adam introduced it into the world. And now all of us, every one of us is going to die because of Adam. It is his entire fault. He wrecked humanity because Adam was kicked out of the Garden of Eden and was not given access to the tree of life. Genesis 3:22-24 tells this account. “Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever"-- therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim, and the flaming sword which turned every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life.” I never ate of that tree, I never sinned like Adam did in the Garden. But I am not given access to the tree of life. We are going to die because of Adam. And Adam is also responsible for bringing sin into this world. Now we life in a world of sin. There is sin all around us. It is every where, and it is all Adam’s fault. There is no way I can life a righteous and pure life because of the influence of sin all around me. It is every where. We grow up with selfish parents; we grow up with sinful people. There is no way that this sin is not going to affect me. No one can be righteous like Adam was. He was the perfect free agent. He had the only true choice between good and Evil, but he wrecked it for all of us.

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Gary Holt

commented on Nov 7, 2009

Just what I needed. Until we hit Genesis hard, Romans 5:12-21 is really tough. Good work.

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