Where Art Thou?

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012

Where Art Thou?

“Where Art Thou?”

MP3 Version: “Where Art Thou?

Scripture Text: Genesis 3:7-13

By Pastor Mike Withem
First Baptist Church
Ranson, West Virginia

Introduction:

A. Two weeks ago I preached a message where I talked about the three greatest LIES that have ever been told.
1. Of course, all three of these lies were told by the greatest liar of all time, Satan, and they were all told the first time in the Garden of Eden.
2. Do you remember what those lies were?
3. The first lie that Satan told was that “God’s Word cannot be trusted.”
4. The second lie was that “sin has no consequences.”
5. The third lie was that “man can save himself.”

B. This morning, I want us to focus our attention on that second lie, the lie that says “sin has NO consequences.”
1. Isn’t that what Satan told Eve?
2. Notice Eve’s words recorded in Gen. 3:3, “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” (Gen. 3:3)
3. And then Satan responded with these words, “…Ye shall not surely die:” (Gen. 3:4)
4. In other words, “Go ahead and eat. Go ahead and disobey God. Go ahead and sin. There won’t be any negative consequences.”

C. HOW do we know that was a lie?
1. We know because of what happened.
2. Eve believed Satan’s lie and partook of the forbidden fruit, as did her husband, Adam, and, oh, the consequences that followed.
3. Satan said there would be no consequences, but there most definitely WERE, and they were quite SEVERE.

D. Now the consequences of Adam and Eve’s sin fall into two different categories.
1. First of all, there were SPIRITUAL consequences.
2. But there were also NATURAL consequences.
3. This morning, because of time constraints, we will notice only the spiritual consequences.

E. The first spiritual consequence was the most severe. It was…

I. Death.

A. Satan said, “You won’t die,” but he lied.
1. Adam and Eve DID die, just like God said they would.
2. But someone says, “Wait a minute, Adam and Eve did not die, at least not immediately.”
3. It’s true that they did not die, physically, but remember, we are talking now about the spiritual consequences of their sin (not the physical consequences).
4. When I say that they died, I mean that they died SPIRITUALLY. (In other words, they became separated from God in a spiritual sense.)
5. You see, that’s the nature of sin, that’s what sin does, it SEPARATES man from God.

B. But not only did Adam’s sin separate him from God, it also separated the entire human race from God.
1. When Adam died, the WHOLE human race died!
2. Notice what the Bible says in Rom. 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men,” (Rom. 5:12)
3. Paul said it like this in 1 Cor. 15:22, “…in Adam all die,” (1 Cor. 15:22)
4. (Illus.- In our Bible study Wednesday evening, we were talking about how when we behave inappropriately, our actions not only affect us, but they affect others as well. The example we looked at was when Barnabas got caught up in Peter’s hypocrisy.)
5. Well, when Adam sinned, his sin not only affected him, it affected the ENTIRE human race.
6. It not only brought death upon himself, it brought death upon the entire human race.

C. This is why we read in Eph. 2:1, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;” (Eph. 2:1)
1. This is also why Jesus said what He did in John 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24)
2. You see, before we came to Christ, we were just like Adam after he sinned, we were spiritually DEAD.
3. But then we were “quickened” or made alive.
4. As Jesus put it, after hearing God’s Word and putting our faith in Him, we were “passed from” a state of “death” to a state of “life.”

D. By the way, this life that we received when we trusted Christ is ETERNAL life.
1. I absolutely love John 10:27-28, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,” (John 10:27-28)
2. The writer of Hebrews put it like this, “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Heb. 7:25)

E. And so, the first spiritual consequence of Adam’s sin was death (spiritual death). The second spiritual consequence was a…

II. Lost Innocence.

A. We see the initial innocence of Adam and Eve in the last verse in Genesis 2, “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” (Gen. 2:25)
1. No shame, no disgrace, just pure INNOCENCE.
2. This innocence, however, was LOST the moment that they sinned.
3. How do we know that?
4. We know because of how they acted afterwards.
5. What was the first thing they did after they sinned?
6. They COVERED their nakedness with sewn together fig leaves.
7. Notice again Gen. 3:7, “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” (Gen. 3:7)
8. Not only did they cover their nakedness, but when “they heard the voice of the LORD God” they “hid themselves.”
9. Notice again Gen. 3:8, “And they heard the voice 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 amongst the trees of the garden.” (Gen. 3:8)
10. Clearly, their innocence was LOST and had been replaced with a sense of shame and disgrace.
11. Again, that’s the nature of sin, that’s what sin does, it brings both shame and disgrace.

B. But that’s not all.
1. When Adam lost his innocence, WE lost our innocence as well.
2. Notice again Rom. 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world,” (Rom. 5:12)
3. And then also Rom. 5:19, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners,” (Rom. 5:19)
4. In both of these verses Paul is talking about Adam.
5. Because of Adam’s sin, because of his disobedience, the entire human race became sinners.

C. But someone says, “Wait a minute, Pastor. Aren’t babies born innocent and then become sinners later in life?”
1. That’s what some believe, but it’s not what the Bible teaches.
2. The Bible teaches that we are all BORN sinners.
3. We come into this world as sinners.
4. Notice what the Bible says in Psa. 58:3, “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.” (Psa. 58:3)
5. Notice David’s own testimony concerning himself, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Psa. 51:5)
6. Babies may look innocent some of the time, but at other times you can clearly see Adam’s nature coming out.

D. Now before I move on to my final point, I feel compelled to say something to our teenagers this morning.
1. Now I realize that because you are a child of Adam, there is a sense in which you, like all of us, have already lost your innocence.
2. However, if you are still a virgin, there is another sense in which you STILL have your innocence.
3. Listen to me this morning, hang on to your innocence.
4. Don’t sacrifice it for any boy or any girl.
5. Save yourself for that special young man or young woman that God will one day bring into your life.
6. And, remember, if you lose your innocence, it will be replaced with a sense of shame and disgrace that will impact you for the rest of your life.

E. And so, the second spiritual consequence of Adam’s sin was a lost innocence. The final spiritual consequence was a…

III. Broken Fellowship.

A. Before Adam sinned, Adam and Eve enjoyed sweet fellowship with their Creator.
1. Gen. 3:8 tells us about “the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day:” (Gen. 3:8)
2. I don’t know if I can prove this, but I believe that this was a daily occurrence.
3. I believe that every day, God would walk with them, talk with them, and fellowship with them, much like He did with Enoch.
4. I also believe that Adam and Eve looked forward to these visits, cherishing every moment.

B. However, after they sinned, things were different.
1. They no longer looked forward to their visit with God, but rather DREADED it, and when God did come calling again, they HID themselves from him.
2. Clearly, they didn’t want to see Him, nor did they want to talk with Him, nor did they want to fellowship with Him.
3. Again, this is the nature of sin, this is what sin does, it breaks our fellowship with God.

C. In the life of a believer today, sin does TWO things.
1. First, it prevents our PRAYERS from reaching God.
2. Notice what God said to His people through the prophet Isaiah, “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” (Isa. 59:2)
3. Micah 3:4 says it like this, “Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.” (Mic. 3:4)
4. Do you ever feel like your prayers are not reaching God? (You pray, but it seems as though your prayers are falling on deaf ears.)
5. Perhaps it is because of sin in your life.
6. Perhaps your sin has broken your fellowship with God.
7. Perhaps your sin is coming BETWEEN you and God, preventing your prayers from reaching Him.
8. That’s what sin does, it prevents our prayers from reaching God.

D. But sin in the life of a believer does something else.
1. Not only does it prevent our prayers from reaching God, it also prevents God’s BLESSINGS from reaching us.
2. Notice what God told His people through the prophet Jeremiah, “Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.” (Jer. 5:25) Wow!!!
3. There’s no doubt that God desires to bless His children.
4. However, when we sin, that sin, that act of disobedience, comes BETWEEN us and our heavenly father, preventing His blessings from reaching us.

E. And so, that’s the bad news, sin breaks our fellowship with God, preventing our prayers from reaching Him, and preventing His blessings from reaching us.
1. This may be where some of you are this morning.
2. But let me give you some good news, if our fellowship with God has been broken, it CAN be RESTORED.
3. How can it be restored?
4. 1 John 1:9 answers this question, it says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
5. Isn’t that a blessed promise?
6. Now let me point out here, that confession here involves MORE than just acknowledging one’s sin, it also involves FORSAKING one’s sin.
7. One cannot expect fellowship to be restored as long as one refuses to let go of (forsake) his sin.
8. Solomon put it like this in Prov. 28:13, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” (Prov. 28:13)

Conclusion:

A. What have we learned this morning about Adam and Eve’s sin?
1. We’ve learned that it had at least three spiritual conseqences.
2. First of all, there was DEATH
3. Secondly, there was a LOST INNOCENCE.
4. Last of all, there was BROKEN FELLOWSHIP.
5. And these are just the spiritual consequences of their sin (we will look at the natural consequences in a later sermon).

B. Let me ask you a couple of questions, this morning.
1. First of all, are you dead, spiritually?
2. Contrary to what you may believe, if you have never been saved, if you have never been born again, if you have never trusted Christ as your Savior, you are spiritually dead.
3. That’s the bad news.
4. The good news is that God loves you, Christ died for you, and if you will put all of your faith in Christ and His sacrifice, God will give you life, and not just life, eternal life.

C. Now I know that most of you have already been saved.
1. Let me ask you this question, “Has your fellowship with God been broken?”
2. Is there some sin that is preventing your prayers from reaching God and his blessings from reaching you?
3. If so, don’t you think it is time that you confess and forsake that sin, and have your fellowship with God restored?

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