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It is an interesting point in the story of the Fall that Eve adds to God’s prohibition.  In Genesis 2:16-17, God instructed the man, Adam, not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Then in Genesis 3:3, Eve replies to the serpent concerning the prohibition saying, “…But God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.”  Thus, somewhere along the line either through Adam’s communication to Eve (we know men are best at communication in general – yeah right) or in Eve’s own interpretation of the command, there was an unnecessary line added “you must not touch it.” (more…)

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As I was preparing for the sermon that was delivered this past Sunday, I was struck by the line, “Then the eyes of both of them were opened…” (Gen. 3:7).  This line alone provides enough for an entire sermon.  Though Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened in a way that we cannot imagine, we do experience this in our own lives in some degree. (more…)

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The Spirit and the Scriptures

John Calvin writes:

“Hence it is easy to understand that we must give diligent heed both to the reading and hearing of Scripture, if we would obtain any benefit from the Spirit of God…and, on the contrary, that any spirit which passes by the wisdom of God’s Word, and suggests any other doctrine, is deservedly suspected of vanity and falsehood.” (Institutes, 85)

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For those of you who want to do more study on some of the things mentioned in the sermon on Sunday, I would highly recommend reading the Fall narrative found in Genesis 3 and compare it to the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4 (or Mark 1:9-13 or Luke 4).

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This weeks sermon was on the Fall.  Though I struggled as to where to place the Fall in the order of sermons on Genesis 1-3, I decided to place it early because all other topics in these chapters has to be taken through the grid of the Fall to make sense to us today.  Just as they have to go through the grids of Redemption, Continuation and Consummation.   So this week I tried to show the comprehensive nature of the Fall; that it broke down 3 fundamental relationships: human-human, human-creation, human-God.  And then I broadly showed how Jesus the Messiah, the Second Adam, brings about the New Creation (2 Cor. 5:17).  And in the next several weeks, we will be looking at what this New Creation is all about as it relates to the strained relationships  from the Fall.

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Covenant Seminary Worldwide

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I realize there are many other sites with free lectures.  Some which I have under “Helpful Resources.”  If anyone has other sites that have helpful free lectures for download, feel free to comment and leave the link for others to enjoy.

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Fresh Creation

Again, Marva Dawn writes, commenting on Ephesians 2:10:

“Once again we are astounded by the vision, this entirely new perception of our daily existence, of what we are and how we live as a result of God’s incomprehensible, mysterious, overwhelming grace. What bliss it is to discover that since God has dealt with our deadness (totally because of his character!), we are, therefore, a work of art! It is such an unfathomable change: from casket to fresh creation, from colorlessness to craftmanship, from deadness to great deeds, already planned by God for us to fulfill. God has choreographed the ballet and set us free to dance. Oh, the ecstasy of dancing when Someone has given us new feet and formed them in his steps!” (The Unnecessary Pastor, 155)

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