Prologue, And God…the Cost of Sin Genesis 3:8-24

After Adam and Eve violate God’s command, we see sin has an extremely high cost. The Cost of Sin requires two actions: No and _____________. 1) No_____________(3:8-13) Genesis 2:17~but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die. (NIV) Death is coming, B/c Adam & Eve ate the_____________fruit, yet they do not die an immediate physical death. So what separates us from God? _____________ Spiritual death never means annihilation rather it means _____________ or to be separated from God. Isaiah 59:2~But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. (NIV) When you have sinned what was your response? Fear or Faith (circle one) When God calls to us He already knows our spiritual condition and He desires repentance. Genesis 3:10-11~And he (_____________) said, I heard the sound of you in the garden, & I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself. He said, Who told you that you were naked? Notice the questions God asks are designed to bring confession and repentance. Where are you? Why are you afraid? Who told you that? One thing God hates is the game. In regards to sin, there’s only one person to blame—and that is the _____________ game. In Genesis 3 Adam and Eve give birth to_____________, for all of humanity. 

2) Consider on the _____________ (3:14-24) Notice God never asks the serpent any questions just curses him. Genesis 3:14~The Lord God said to the serpent, because you have done this, cursed are you above all …on your belly you shall go…(ESV) According to John 8:44, the father of lies would have just told lies, because there is_____________truth in him. In Genesis 3:15 we find the    Biblical prophecy. It is about the Messiah, Jesus. In Romans 16:19-20 Paul tells us to be excellent in _____________ and_____________of evil as the God of peace will soon crush Satan. 1 John 3:8~The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, B/c the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. (NIV) So why did Jesus have to come to earth? To_____________the devil’s works. Now the Evil One, Satan seemed to gain victory at Jesus’ death, that is until His Glorious_____________! For the woman’s part in creating sin, she receives_____________in childbirth as well as male domination and the exploitation of women, all as a_____________of sin, and not God’s design. (Genesis 3:16) Ephesians 5:25 commands husbands to _____________ their wives and wives, according to Ephesians 5:22 are too_____________. (ὑποτάσσω hypotassō) is a voluntary attitude of yielding, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden. As God fashions the first clothes, I can only imagine Adam and Eve’s horror they witness the shedding of_____________blood to cover their own nakedness, brought by sin. 1 Peter 1:19~but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. (NIV) Jesus died for you so let’s Take A Step: ___________________________________________________________________________________________



Inspectors

So, give fear the boot (Matthew 10:26-33). As we follow Jesus, we can expect slander and persecution, adding to this Jesus says we are not to fear those who malign and persecute us Matthew 10:26~So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. (ESV) Why do they want to persecute us or be destructive? It is because they fear and reject the truth. Proverbs 29:25~Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe. (NIV) 

Who here has ever been caught in fears trap? You’ve been ensnared, by fear? Yeah, of course, fear can paralyze us causing us not to respond, or it can incite panic in us, leading to poor choices. Jesus says, trust the Lord, He is the only safety we have. He continues by saying a time is coming when everything covered will be revealed and everything hidden will be made known (Matthew 10:26). In time, sin will be revealed for what it is and righteousness revealed for what it is. Listen to Ecclesiastes 12:14 ~For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. (NIV)

Saints our lives will be judged at the (βῆμα bēma) seat. Bema means to ascend, it’s a step, like an Olympian who ascends the box to receive his or her prize for winning. Jesus will have us ascend the step before His throne. All who are in Christ, whose name has been written in the Book of Life. Understand everyone at the Bema gets into heaven, but it is at the Bema seat where our reward is given to the Saints. How many of you ever took a final exam and wished the professor would unpack the grade. Well, Jesus is going to do just that for His followers.

1 Corinthians 3:12-13~Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 

1 Corinthians 3:14-15~If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. (ESV) This moment is not about salvation, that happens later for the lost, at the Great White throne judgement of Revelation 20:11-15, rather this judgement is about what we’ve done with all the Lord has given to us. The Bema is for believers, John 3:16 whosoever believes in Jesus Christ is saved. 

Paul writes for us the process of salvation Romans 10:9-10~because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes and is justified, and with the mouth, one confesses and is saved. (NKJ) I hope to see you at the Bema. As an aside, for those still struggling with their judgy ways: We are asked in Romans 14:10-12 why do you judge others? Or look down on others? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat, the (βῆμα bēma). Let God be the judge, we will inspect the fruit, as we share the hope of Jesus Christ. 



Fight the Good Fight

Slander Will Be Levied (Matthew 10:24-25). In these two verses, Jesus shares His definitive teaching about discipleship. He says a disciple is not above his teacher. Matthew 10:24~A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant (δοῦλος doulos) above his master (ESV). Don’t get it twisted, we are not and never will be above Jesus. A disciple is one who learns and follows, becoming more like his or her teacher, and is still under their teacher, though mature. (δοῦλος doulos), A servant or slave is one who is beneath his master socially and economically. This illustration teaches the two most important parts of discipleship: the first is humility, as John said in John 3:30 I am the friend of the bridegroom, I must decrease and He must increase. This leads to the second thing revealed here, and that is submission. First humility, then submission. As a disciple of Jesus, we must willingly submit to Jesus and His plan.

Jesus continues in Matthew 10:25~It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul (Βεελζεβούλ Beelzeboul), how much more will they malign those of his household? (ESV) Teaching about this same truth, Jesus says everyone who is fully trained, or perfect, will be like his teacher. Luke 6:40~The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher. (NIV) Our ultimate goal of discipleship is to emulate, to mirror Jesus Christ, as we become more Christlike. However, since the leaders of the Jews have called Jesus, the Head of the house, Beelzebul, He warns us that we will be called so much worse.

The name Beelzebul, or Beelzebub, is a term of slander that can mean lord of dung or ruler of demons and refers to Satan. No, Jesus and Satan are not the same person. If Jesus, who is perfect and the epitome of love, was slandered, how much more can, will they Levy slander on us, His dutiful followers. Do you want to be like Jesus? Then you, we are going to come into the Line of Fire: where Slander is Levied.
 
Perhaps you are facing a difficult place in life right now. I want to encourage you to turn to Jesus who can sooth the weariness of life and a reprieve from the battle you are facing. In your quiet time with the Lord worship Him and watch as you are restored by the joy of His presence. Praise is such a wonder weapon for us, worship the Lord today.