Through One Man

Posted on 08/03/2008 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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*** today, among other things, we pray for these two public requests ***


I'm controlled by some kind of voodoo(black magic) and evil spirit. I need God to save me, protect me and clean me. Please pray for me, thanks!
   –Patrick Chien

please pray for me , I am battling depression and trying to save my marriage. My Husband had an affair and has an 8 yr old child. Not sure if I can continue in this relationship....
   –mlra

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GLORY

Great is the Lord God Almighty
Great is the Lord on High
The train of His robe fills the temple
And we cry out highest praise

Glory to the risen King
Glory to the Son, glorious Son

Lift up your heads, open the doors
Let the King of Glory come in
And forever be our God

Holy is the Lord God Almighty
Holy is the Lord on high
Let all the earth bow before You
And crown You Lord of all

JESUS

Jesus, Jesus
Holy and Anointed One
Jesus

Your name is like honey
     on my lips
Your spirit like water
     to my soul
Your Word is a lamp
     unto my feet
Jesus I love you
     I love you

Jesus, Jesus
Risen and Exalted One
Jesus


I EXALT THEE

For thou O Lord art high
     above all the earth
Thou art exalted
     far above all gods

I exalt thee
I exalt thee
I exalt thee
O Lord

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I'd like to start today's message by reading from Genesis chapter two, starting with verse seven.

Genesis 2:7-9

7 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 being.
8 The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.
9 And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

skipping down to verse 16...

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;
17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."

18 And the LORD God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him."
19 Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.
20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.

21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.
22 Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
23 And Adam said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."

Let's pray.

Lord God, I ask that you bless the reading of your Word, and that you open our hearts and our minds to hear your voice so that our minds may be renewed by your Living Word.


My message title today is "Through One Man."

What we just read is the beginning of the human race. In six days, God created the heavenly lights, the plants and animals, and every living thing. Then he creates the first human being out of the dust of the earth, and breathes into him the breath of life.

And it says that man became a living being. His body was formed from dust, and his life was that of a human spirit. Then, to complete the picture, God gives him the law: "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." And finally, God gives him woman, and tells them to be fruitful and multiply, populating the earth with others like them.

Now, we don't know how much time passed, but we do know that, as they walked in the garden, they passed the forbidden tree, because they otherwise would not have had their conversation with the serpent, and would have never eaten of the forbidden fruit.

But they did, and all that was theirs, including their offspring, bears the mark of their decision to this very day.

Let's pick this back up in Genesis chapter three beginning with verse one.

Genesis 3:1-19

1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?"
2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;
3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'"
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die.
5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
7 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 coverings.

8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
9 Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?"
10 So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself."
11 And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?"
12 Then the man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate."
13 And the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

14 So the LORD God said to the serpent: "Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.
 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel."

16 To the woman He said: "I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you."

17 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return."


Next time you or someone you know is wondering why there is evil in the world, why bad things happen to good people, why there is hunger and starvation, sickness and disease, suffering and death, just go back to the garden, to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, to the cunning serpent, to the deceived woman, and to the disobedient man.

There are ten things I'd like to point out here. These are important, and we'll go back to them in just a few minutes:

1. Man was formed out of dust and was given the spirit of man.

2. Woman was created as man's helper.

3. Woman was formed out of man's side.

4. Eve was called woman because she was taken out of man.

5. The serpent quoted the Word of God out of context, and the woman was deceived.

6. Instead of standing on the Word of God, Adam not only stood by silently while the woman disobeyed God, but then followed her lead and sinned as well.

7. In falling to temptation and sinning, man was cut off from God.

8. Man blamed his sin on someone else.

9. God told man he was made from dust and would return to dust.

10. Mankind was cast out of the garden and denied access to the Tree of Life.


Now it's very interesting to consider that the things we see in the Old Testament are shadows of the New. The Old Covenant was one of outer things, while the New Covenant is one of inner things. In the Old, people were instructed to circumcise their flesh. In the New, people are instructed to circumcise their heart.

The temple and the inner place were symbols of our bodies, which are the temple of the Holy Spirit, as he brings us into the Holy of Holies.

We could go on and on, but all the outer things we see in the Old Testament are symbols or shadows of inner things we see in the New. And the first man is no exception.

Let's turn to 1st Corinthians chapter fifteen, and read starting with verse 20.

20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

skipping down to verse 45...

45 And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.
47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.


Here we see a clear parallel being drawn between Jesus and Adam, as Jesus is refered to as the "second Adam." This passage points out the differences between the two: the first is earthly, the second is of the Spirit; the first is carnal, the second is heavenly; the first brought sin upon all mankind, the second brought righteousness into the world.

Romans 5:18 and 19 echo this truth.

Romans 5:18-19

18 Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.


And just as we pointed out ten things about the first Adam, I'd like for us to look at ten things about the second Adam, and compare the things of the physical to the things of the spiritual.

1. Man was formed out of dust and was given the spirit of man.

Jesus was formed of the seed of woman and the Spirit of God.

In Luke chapter one, the angel comes to Mary and announces the coming of the Messiah, and that she was chosen to carry him in her womb. Luke chapter one, beginning with verse 30:

30 Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.
32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."
 
34 Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?"

35 And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God."

So the first Adam was formed out of dust and had a human spirit.  The second Adam was created by God from the seed of woman, and his spirit was the Spirit of God.


2. Woman was created as man's helper.

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit as his bride's helper.

In John 14:16, Jesus says, "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever."

The Bible says that when we don't know how to pray, the Holy Spirit helps us. And just as Adam's helper was deceived, our Holy Spirit helper leads us out of deception and into truth.


3. Woman was formed out of man's side.

Jesus' side was pierced, and blood and water flowed from his side.

After Jesus had been crucified, a guard thrust a spear into his side to make certain he was dead. When he did, blood and water flowed from Jesus' side. Medical doctors will tell you that this is a sign of a burst heart. Jesus' heart was literally broken.

I don't know, but I personally think that Jesus' heart was broken from a combination of things.

First of all, he who knew no sin became sin for us, and the spotless, blameless, perfect Son of God took the blame, the guilt, and the shame for all the sins of mankind. The most vile, unthinkable, twisted, perverted, and demonic sins in the history of the fallen human race, were blamed on him.

And then, in his darkest hour, the Father God, with whom Jesus had constant fellowship and communion, turned his back on him. That's why Jesus cried out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Hanging in utter shame with the weight of the sins of all humanity dragging his soul down into the depths of hellish torment, his heavenly Father turn his back on him.

But this isn't something that was forced upon Jesus. He knew the price he would have to pay, and he willingly came and layed down his life, his glory, his majesty, to hang where we should have hung and suffer what we should have suffered so that out of his side could be formed a spiritual bride, and so we could be formed, not out of the bone of a man made of dust, but out of the blood of the Lamb and the Spirit of God.


4. Eve was called woman because she was taken out of man.

The followers of Jesus were called Christians because they were joined unto Christ.

The word "Christian" comes from the word "Christ," and it simply means one who follows Christ, one who is joined to him, who who goes out from him to do his will.

Woman was given physical life so she could be the companion of man. The believer is given spiritual life so we can be the companion of Christ.


5. The serpent quoted the Word of God out of context, and the woman was deceived.

Satan quoted the Word of God out of context, but Jesus was not deceived.

And this ties in to the next point:

6. Instead of standing on the Word of God, Adam not only stood by silently while the woman disobeyed God, but then followed her lead and sinned as well.

Jesus stood by the Word of God and spoke it boldly, giving us an example so we can walk in his footsteps and not be deceived and can walk free from sin.

First the serpent said, "Hasn't God said you may eat from every tree in the garden?" Indeed, God did say that. But he didn't stop there. He said, "But of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, you may not eat."

And Eve knew this, and said so. But the serpent simply turned the conversation in a different direction, and was able to deceive the woman.

And what did Adam do? He just stood there. We don't see him utter a single word. He knew the truth. He walked with God in the cool of the day. After breathing into him the breath of life, God himself told him not to eat of the tree, or he would die.

What was Adam thinking??? My guess is that, although Scripture tells us Adam was not deceived, only the woman, he was still tempted by the fruit. He knew the serpent was not telling the whole truth. But he also wanted the fruit, and probably wanted to see what it would do, and what this forbidden knowledge might be.

So he kept his mouth shut, entertaining the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the boastful pride of life, instead of standing firmly upon the Word of God.

And he just stood there and watched as the future mother of the entire human race took within herself that which God said would bring death.

And when she didn't die, and when she handed him the fruit, Adam ate, sinning with eyes wide open.


Then comes Jesus, fasting in the wilderness for fourty days and fourty nights. Adam had not been fasting, he was neither hungry nor thirsty, and had certainly not been denying his flesh. Jesus, on the other hand, had been out in the desert for over a month with nothing to eat, and was in desperate need of something to eat.

Adam's hunger was that of carnal desires. Jesus' hunger was that of true need. And when satan came to tempt Jesus, he was not targeting Jesus alone, but his bride, the church, as well.

Do you realize what would have happened if Jesus had given into temptation? Just suppose Jesus had given into the temptation to feed his starving flesh, and use his powers to turn a stone into bread, even though God had not instructed him to do so.

If Jesus had disobeyed God, even in the smallest most seeminly understandable and forgiveable way, he would not have been able to take our place on the cross, and would not have been able to bear our sins and die in our place. He would have born his own guilt instead.

Instead, Jesus, unlike the first Adam, spoke up, defending his bride and refusing to compromise even the tiniest bit. And when satan persisted, he did not entertain the serpent's seductive song, but instead took authority over satan and sent him on his way.

7. In falling to temptation and sinning, man was cut off from God.

In resisting temptation and walking in righteousness, Jesus was able to reconcile us to God.

It might not seem fair to us that because the first man sinned, all of us are born sinners and are therefore cut off from God. But who ever said life in this sin-sick world is fair?

The simple fact is that we inherited the nature of sin from our father. Through one man, sin entered into all.

But that's why Jesus came, so that all those who are born again of the Spirit of God will inherit righteousness from Jesus, and thereby righteousness enters into all who believe.


8. Adam blamed his sin on someone else.

Jesus took the blame for someone else's sin.

Isn't that just like us? We inherited that trait from our father, and from his father, all the way back to the first fallen man. And our first inclination is to blame our sin on him!

"If Adam hadn't sinned, I wouldn't struggle with sin myself!" But doesn't that sound an aweful lot like, "The woman who you gave to be with me gave it to me and I ate."

Or we say, "It's because I had a bad childhood, or there's just too much temptation, or satan tricked me and made me do it." But that sounds a little bit too much like, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

And within our excuses is our own condemnation... "Such and such or so and so... and I ate."

But Jesus Christ gave no excuses. He could have truthfully said, "It was really Greg who looked at pornography, not me," and he would have been right. Jesus could have said, "It was Rachel who told that lie, not me," and he would have been telling the truth. He could have passed the blame on someone else, and unlike Adam, he would have been right in doing so.

But instead, he went as a sheep to the slaughter, who does not lift his voice. He did not defend himself, even though he was being punished for things he did not do, things he would never do, things he hated and which were completely opposite to his very nature. Instead, he hung there bleeding and dying, treated as a common criminal by those he created and those over whom he was the creator and supreme judge. He was willingly tortured and nailed to a tree, accepting the full weight of sin he had never even considered committing.

And instead of bringing sin to the whole human race like the first Adam, Jesus brought righteousness to whosoever will.


9. God told man he was made from dust and would return to dust.

Jesus was born of the Spirit, and promised that those who are born of the Spirit will never die.

When Martha went to speak with him after her brother Lazarus died, Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live."

Through the first Adam, the carnal man, the man made of dust, we inherited death. Our bodies will die and return to the dust, and our unregenerated spirits will face eternal judgment for our sins.

But through the second Adam, the spiritual man, the man born of the Spirit of God, we who believe upon him inherit life. While our bodies will return to the earth, we who are born of the Spirit, our regenerated spirits, clothed with the righteousness of Jesus, will have everlasting life.


And finally,

10. Mankind was cast out of the garden and denied access to the Tree of Life.

Jesus opened the door to paradise, and invites us to eat from the Tree of Life.

The first Adam disobeyed God by eating from the tree of death, and lost access to paradise and to the Tree of Life.

The second Adam obeyed God and was hung from the tree of death, the cross, opening the way to paradise and transforming that cross, that tree of death, into the Tree of Life.

And now he invites you to come to the cross, come to the Tree of Life, and eat of its fruit, being cleansed by his blood, and you will have everlasting life!


The ministry team can come to the front at this time.


In John 6:35, Jesus says, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst."

Have you eaten from the tree of life today? Have you accepted Jesus' invitation to satisfy your deepest hunger and quench your innermost thirst?

If not, he's still calling out to you, inviting you to come and reach out to him, and he will give you everlasting life.

Are you born again of the Spirit of God, but you're not abiding in the Vine, staying in his Word, fellowshipping with him daily? Have you become thirsty and dry? Then his invitation is to you today as well. He's saying to you, "Come to the fountain, whoever is thirsty, let him come and drink the water of life freely."

And finally, do you simply hunger and thirst after righteousness, after more of his Spirit, after more of his Word? Do you simply yearn to draw closer to Jesus?

This altar is open. Step out of your seat and come to the front, as an outer sign of your inner response to his call.

And as you come, let's cry out to him together.

Lord Jesus, we don't deserve what you did for us! We deserve hell! We deserve the weight and the guilt of our sins! We can't blame our actions on our forefather Adam, or on our childhood, or on society, or on the devil. We have all chosen to sin against you, and we all deserve the eternal judgment of our holy and just God, and for our sinful self-justification and self-righteousness.

But you love us so much, Lord God, that you sent your only begotten Son to die in our place, so that whosoever will believe upon him shall not perish but have everlasting life!

And we receive that life today! We turn from the carnal life of the first Adam, and ask to be born by the Spirit of the second Adam. Birth new life in us today!

For those of us who do not know you, we ask to be born again of your spirit! Forgive us all for our sins, and bring those of us who do not know you into your family, as new creations. Wash our sins away with your blood, Lord Jesus, and set us on a new path so we can follow after you.

And we long to draw closer to you. We long to hear your voice and to obey. We desire to have the wisdom and discernment to know when it's your Spirit telling us to do something, and when it's the enemy or our flesh urging us to use what you've given us in ways you have not directed.

Have your way in our midst now, Holy Spirit. Move in each one of us, bringing our fleshly impurities to the surface so we can be purified, as you transform us from glory to glory into the image of Jesus.


If you need to go, you're free to do so. If you would like someone to pray or minister with you, you can instant message someone on the ministry team. You're all invited to meet us in the fellowship room to your left for a time of fellowship, and we'll meet you over there in a just few minutes.

Come, and let's gather at the altar, seeking after more of God in the name of the second Adam, Jesus Christ, the one who came not in the carnal flesh but in the Spirit of God, so that we could inherit his righteousness and be partakers of his everlasting life.