Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Fall of Creation1 Timothy 2:11-15
The book of Genesis, chapter 3, is one of the most important chapters in the Bible. It gives us an account of the Fall of Creation. Without this chapter, we cannot even begin to understand the darkness that blankets the earth. With this information, we can catch a glimpse of the light that shines in the darkness. In fact, the Fall of Creation resulted in the revelation of God’s character of love and redemption (John 3:16). From eternity past, God ordained a plan, knowing full well that He would one day become the main victim of that plan, to purchase our redemption and our eternal destiny.
Before the Fall, God’s creation was very good (Genesis 1:31). God created man and woman in His image (v. 27) and gave them dominion over the physical world (v. 28).
Lesson from the Fall of Creation: We read in Genesis chapter 3 that man distorts, denies, and defies God’s Word. The rebellion against God’s Word is responsible for all our woes, and also our alienation from Him. We should understand that God’s Word is still the standard by which the believers are to live their lives in order to resist the temptation of the devil.
The Problem of Sin: Adam and Eve failed to trust and obey God. They made a tragic mistake that brought sin and condemnation to themselves and their descendants. What is true for them is true for every person who has ruined his/her life by sin.
The Solution: God’s plan is one that turns ruin to redemption and curse to blessing. The most important thing is God's promise to provide a way for us to escape the tragic consequences of our sin. While the choice of “taking and eating” ultimately plunged mankind into the darkness of death, by offering Himself as a sacrifice on the cross, the Son of God freely provided a new life for us, if we will but “ take and eat” (John 6:47-51, Matt. 26:26-29). As one writer stated, “Jesus came on a rescue mission for creation. He had to pay for our sins so that someday He can end evil and suffering without ending us.”
To touch base with our Bible lesson, the Christians at every level are still debating the meaning of the apostle Paul’s statement. Some interpret his instructions as a local rule meant to counteract problems that were unique to that church. For example, false teachers seemed to prey especially on young widows (1 Tim. 5:11-13, 2 Tim.3:6). But others point to similar instructions in Paul’s writings (1 Cor. 14:34-35), and to his universally applicable illustration of Eve as evidence that this rule was meant to be applied generally (1 Tim. 2:13-14).
The New Testament makes it clear that Christian women, like men, have been given spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:7-11). Therefore, they are to use these gifts to minister to the Body of Christ (1 Pet. 4:10). Their ministries are indispensable to the life and growth of the church (1 Cor. 12:12-26). While Jesus called only males to be in His close group of 12 disciples (Matt. 10:1-4), He called the women first, after His resurrection, to spread the good news to the disciples (Matt. 28-10).
Merciful Lord, thank You for taking our place on the cross in order to free us from our sinful life. Be with us and help us not to become a slave to sin again. Please strengthen us to do Your will.
Thought for the Day
“I believe we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word and thought throughout our lifetime.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
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