“THE FALL OF MANKIND” Sermon 2

February 10, 2019

On a certain day, Satan meets Eve in the garden.  He observes that she is curious or just speculating in her mind what it would be like if to taste of the fruit on the Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil.  We are often like Eve, curious and having interest in things that God has forbidden us to partake of.  Satan’s victory in tempting us often starts with him observing what we desire to have that opposes God’s will for us.

Genesis 3:6 (NASB), 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.

 Notice that Satan starts the conversation.  His statement is true but not complete in context with God’s command. Genesis 3:1b, and he said unto the woman, Yea God has said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden.  His goal is to lure us into sin without disclosing the pain that it brings.

 Scripture makes it clear that Eve knew what God had told Adam.  However, knowing the truth and acting on the truth are two different things.  Genesis 3:2-3 (NASB), 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, or you will die.’ “

Satan deceived Eve as he deceives mankind.  He is the father of lies.  Genesis 3:4-5 (NASB), The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will 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. The serpent knew exactly what God has said.  He adds one thing, “You shall surely not die.” He is attempting to get Eve to sin by:

  1.  Casting doubt on God’s Word. He wanted Eve to doubt God’s command. He wanted her to believe that God would not hold to His Word. Disregard and disrespect for God’s word makes us vulnerable to temptation (Psalm 119:11). It produces distrust, dissatisfaction, and finally disobedience.   It is our duty to study the Word, and apply it in our lives.   Eve’s words to Satan should have been as our words should be God has said and that is the end of our conversation.
  2. Satan sought to arouse Eve’s passion beyond God’s limitations. God knows that the day you eat of it, you’ll not surely die. Instead you’ll be like God. You will be like the One Who created you, who walks in the Garden with you.  The Devil seeks to tempt us through the lust the eyes, the lust of flesh, the pride of life.  He chose not to tell Eve that her choice would lead to the worst thing she and Adam would ever do.  It would plunge mankind head long into death and separation from God. What seemed like a wonderful experience to her would be devastating for all Mankind.
  3. Satan sought to defame God’s character. He wanted Eve to feel that somehow, God is holding out on you. He does not want the best for you.  How often have you felt in your heart that all of what God is asking me to do is unfair?  It is too hard for me.  What He is asking and allowing in my life cannot be the best for my life.

Because of their disobedience, their innocence was replaced with separation from God, guilt, fear and shame.  However,

I rejoice that God is not just one Who judges, but He is also our Redeemer. As sin came into the world by one man and death upon all; righteousness come through One man unto everlasting life.  That man is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

 Romans 5:12 (ESV), 12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—

Roman 5:19 (ESV), 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.

Have you experienced God’s righteousness through faith in Christ?  God desires you to be reconciled to Him and that you live your life for His glory.  Through the first Adam came sin and death.  Through Jesus, the second Adam comes reconciliation with God, eternal life and peace.  Receive Him Today!

“THE FALL OF MANKIND”

February 03, 2019

Scripture also teaches that before God created woman, He created Adam and gave him two commands.  First, to dress and keep the garden of Eden.  Secondly, Adam was told not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Genesis 2:15-17 (ESV), The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.  And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 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.”

THE CREATION OF WOMAN – God did not want man to be alone.  So, He created woman to be his companion, to be his wife. God had given Adam a work to do in the garden, now He would give man a woman to love.  Genesis 2:21-23 (ESV), So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.  And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made[h] into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Adam and Eve had everything that they needed.  They had personal communion with God, a garden to live in and keep and food to eat.

 When God created Adam and Eve, He created two beings in His own image.  He gave them a will, the ability to choose.  Though Adam and Eve would later disobey God, they also could have chosen to obey Him.  The choices we make can determine our destiny, in this life and in the life to come.

THE DECEIVER, IN THEIR MIDST – THE DEVIL or SATAN:

Genesis 3:1 (ESV), Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

A created being:  The devil appears here in Genesis in the form of a serpent and tempts Adam and Eve to sin against God. The devil was created by God and dwelt in heaven.  He was an angel of high order.  He is not a myth, but a real being.  At some point, He desired to be worshipped as God and was thrown from heaven to the earth.  Today, he seeks to deceive, seduce and destroy God’s people.

A Fallen Being – Isaiah 14:12-14, further describes Satan’s sin. “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’  In Ezekiel 28:12-17, scripture tells us of Satan’s dwelling in heaven, until he sinned against God and was cast to the earth.  (Read Revelations 12:9)

THE DEVIL WANTS TO PLANT THOUGHTS IN YOUR MIND – The deceiver, Satan planted wrongful thoughts in Eve’s mind.  He tempted her to disobey God and sin.  The devil wants you to think that his thoughts are your thoughts.  He also wants those thoughts to appeal to your emotions.  Lastingly, he wants you to act out of your emotions instead of on what God has clearly instructed you to do.

We have victory over Satan through the power of Christ.  James 4:7-8 (ESV), Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. You can only resist the Devil.  To submit to God means to surrender to Him, to give up resistance to Him, to be obedient and subject to Him.

 God’s Word provides us with two promises in this scripture.  One, that if we submit to God and resist the devil, the devil will flee from us.  And two, as we draw near to God, God will draw near to us.  The more we allow the Holy Spirit to renew our minds and we become more like Christ, the more our character becomes like Christ. Satan will be inclined to flee from us.

Your real identity starts with the “New Birth”.  If you are without Christ, I urge you to repent of your sin, believe and receive Jesus as Savior and Lord today.  Grow and understand your position in Christ.  Begin to live victoriously.

Pastor Vic Johnson

‘In The Beginning God” Sermon 4

January 27, 2019

As stated last week, scripture teaches that God created the earth in 6 literal days. The finely tuned eco system in which we live did not just come into being through sheer chance over billions of years.  From the tiniest insects to the movements of the planets there is overwhelming evidence of an intelligent designer, that designer is God. In God’s giving the ten commandments to the children of Israel, God relates the creation to six literal days.  Genesis 1:26 (ESV), So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

In days 1 through 5, God creates the earth.  He shapes it and then He fills it.  On Day 6, God creates the land animals and mankind.  Scripture tells us that He created mankind in His own image and likeness.  But the question arises, why did God create mankind?  Lets consider the following reasons:

#1, Created to REFLECT God – Man, was created distinctively different than animals.  He is made in the image and likeness of God. We are able to uniquely reflect God-likeness. God put a spirit within man that allows him to know God.  Man has the the ability to think, to reason, to communicate, to be creative, to invent, to choose, to feel and to express his or her emotions.  Indeed, we are fearfully and wonderfully made.  We are made in His likeness.  God created mankind to reflect Himself.  As an image-bearer you have great value, responsibility, and accountability to God.  Everyone matters to him because his image is in each person—small or great, rich or poor, young or old, black or white, educated or illiterate, healthy or sick, strong or weak.  His careful thoughtfulness of you extended from before you were born until your physical death.

#2 Created To REPRODUCE – Genesis 1:28 (ESV), And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”  God created us to raise godly children…

This is both God’s pronouncement of blessing as well as His delegation of responsibility. Man alone was commanded not only to fill the earth, but also to subdue it. We are to raise godly children who will properly subdue the earth under God guidance who will in turn produce godly children who will seek to glorify God..

#3 Created to RULE – Genesis 1:28 (ESV), And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”  God created us to rule over His creation…Created to Reproduce a godly seed or children

#4 CREATED TO REST

Exodus 20:11 (ESV), For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

God created you and I – to know Him, to love Him, to Worship Him…..

In Summary, God created you and I – to know Him; to grow to be like Him; to reign with Him; and, to be used by Him in His kingdom. Are you restless today?  Do you feel that you are living life without purpose? Are you lacking fulfillment in your life?  Maybe you are asking yourself, what is the purpose of my life?  In the well-known words of Augustine, “Thou hast created us for Thyself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee!”.  Then I say to you that Jesus is the answer; begin living in line with God’s purpose for creating you.  Have a relationship with Christ.

Stay Faithful To Him

Pastor Vic Johnson

 

‘In The Beginning God” Sermon 3

January 20, 2019

Thus far, we have embarked upon sharing with you that God is Eternal, Self-Existing and that He is Self-Sustaining.  He is a triune God.  He is one God who has dispersed Himself into three persons, God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and God, the Son.  All three are co-equal, all powerful, all knowing and all present.  Genesis 1:31 (ESV), And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.  Scripture teaches us that in six literal days, God created the earth. My goal is not to present a scientific proof to you about the age of the earth.  (Read Exodus 20:8-11) 

In the first three days, God shapes the earth. 

Day 1 – Genesis 1:1-5 – light; Day 2 – Genesis 1:6-8 – Sky and water

Day 3 – Genesis 1:9-13 – Land, seas and vegetation

In the last three days, God fills the earth

Day 4 – Genesis 1:14-19 – Sun, moon, & stars to govern the day and night and to mark seasons, days, and years.

Day 5 – Genesis 1:20-23, Fish & birds to fill the seas and the sky.

Day 6 – Genesis 1:24-31, Land animals, Man & woman to care for the earth and to commune with God.

God created man in His own image.

God’s image is the totality of all that He is. In other words, all that He is equals His image. God created man in this image. God made us as men and women to express or reflect Who He is. God’s likeness is just the expression of what God is. God’s image is what God is.

We exist currently as body, soul and spirit together.  All three are intricately woven together to make us the people that we are.  We were created to be rational thinkers.  We are not driven by instincts as animals.  Not only are we aware of our surroundings, but we are capable of changing them. Though we may struggle against our evil nature to obey God, we still have moral understanding and can comprehend what is good from what is evil.

Now here is the sad part of the story, not on God’s part, but on ours. Though mankind is made or created in the image of God, the image has become marred.  We have fallen away from God.  When Adam and Eve sinned, all of mankind fell away from God. The fall of Adam and Eve was no entrapment on God’s part, they knew that they should obey God.   Mentally, morally, socially, and physically, we show the effects of sin.

The good news is God was and is willing to redeem mankind through the gospel.  He restores us to the original image of Himself, creating a “new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” Ephesians 4:24 (ESV), and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

That redemption is only available by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior from the sin that separates us from God (Ephesians 2:8-9). Through Christ, we are made new creations in the likeness of God (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Romans 5:19-21 (ESV), For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Have you accepted Christ as Lord and Savior?

Pastor Vic Johnson

‘In The Beginning God” Sermon 1 & 2

January 06, 2019

As Christians, we get many questions from people about God. Two questions often asked are “Where did God come from?”  and “Why did God create the world and mankind? Scriptural, how should we answer such questions?  Scripture is clear about the fact that God has always existed. There has never been a time when He didn’t exist and there will never be a time when He does not exist.

The very first words of the Bible are, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).  Looking closely at this text, we discover that this verse is not talking about God’s beginning; it’s talking about the beginning of creation.  God existed before He created the world and mankind.

 God is eternalBefore the material creation was spoken into existence, God always was– Psalm 90:2 (ESV), Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. The Uncreated God created us and all that we see.  He is the everlasting God. (Isaiah 40:28)  Job 36:26, (KJV), tells us, Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.  God is infinite, which means He is eternal and does not change.  To say that he had a beginning is to say that He did not always exist.

 God is self-existing – The Lord revealed himself to Moses as the “I AM THAT I AM” in Exodus 3:14. The “I AM” expression is related to the Hebrew name for God, YAHWEH. The term Yahweh is formed from the Hebrew word, hayah, which signifies to be, or has been ultimately meaning the Eternal One or Self-Existing One. The name YAHWEH also means that no one or no power brought God into existence. It expresses the fact that there was no other person, power or influence that brought God into existence or shaped His personality. That’s why He declares, “I AM THAT I AM.”  God is the uncreated creator, who in the beginning acted and made everything that was made.

 God’s Self-Sufficient – God didn’t create us, the world, the oceans, and animal creatures because He lacked companionship, was lonely or in any way deficient in His character or attributes.   To admit the existence of a need in God is to admit incompleteness in Who He Is.  God didn’t become all loving when He created Adam and Eve. His love existed eternally among the persons of the Godhead—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God didn’t become gracious only after the fall of mankind in Genesis 3. Grace is a part of His eternal character whether you and I existed or not.  Your entry and my entry into God’s creation didn’t add anything to Who He already was.

When the apostle Paul addressed the Areopagus in Athens, he said in, Acts 17:24-25 (NKJV), “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.”  God created you and I for His good pleasure that He might reflect His great love for us through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross.  He came to us through His Son.  The Bible makes it clear that it takes faith to understand and believe in God’s existence. Biblical faith takes us, the believer, beyond our own natural understanding.  Hebrews 11:6 (ESV), And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Do you believe that an eternal, all powerful, all knowing God has always existed?  Do you believe that He clothed Himself in human flesh, came into the world and died for your sins?   If you are lost today, without Christ in your life, then I invite you to repent of your sin and receive Him into your life RIGHT NOW. 

 God Bless You, Pastor Victor Johnson, Senior Pastor of the Brownsville Church of God

‘In The Beginning God” Sermon 1 & 2

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