Out of the millions of books in print, only the Bible, according to Jesus, is the Word of God. Paul said, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16), which means that all Scripture is God breathed—that it is spoken by the mouth of God, who cannot lie (Titus 1:2). The Bible is the only book that reveals God’s remedy for man’s ruin.
Man would have to be spiritually blind, deaf, and mute not to know that “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19). In this verse, God reveals two classes of people. First are those who are no longer spiritually blind, deaf,, or mute to God’s message; they are saved by the grace of God and know it. “[They] know that [they] are of God,” and they also know that the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” The whole world of unsaved souls lies in the Evil One, Satan. Now Satan is the father of the wicked (John 8:44). The wicked murder because their father is a murderer and the motivator of all murders. He motivated Cain (who was religious) to murder Abel, who was righteous (Genesis 4:8). He is a liar, and the father of all liars, who will “have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).
Have you ever wondered why every nation, every tribe, every family, the rich and the poor, the educated and the uneducated, all participate in the ruin of man? We all have a common origin in Adam.
All share a common heritage—the fall of the human race. All share a common legacy, the ruin of man. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Death is the wages of sin, and death is universal, because the ruin is universal. But “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord,” who is God’s remedy for man’s ruin.
19-1 The Ruin of Man
(Romans 5:12 14)
The whole human race has one thing in common: death. Paul is saying that “all sinned” when Adam sinned; all fell when Adam fell; all were ruined when Adam was ruined. Though the law was not given until Moses, there were preachers of righteousness who lived by faith; Abel, Enoch, Noah, and Abraham, to mention a few (Hebrews 11:1-¬29). “Through one man [Adam] sin entered the world, and death [physical and spiritual] through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned (v. 12; cf. Genesis 2:16, 17). When Adam fell in the Garden, the human race was ruined in him. Adam’s sin was imputed judicially by God and transmitted by inheritance at birth to all of Adam’s descendants. Only those who are born again of God’s incorruptible seed can escape eternal separation from God. This separation is called “the second death” (Revelation 20:14). The rich and the poor, the educated and the uneducated, kings and peasants, bond or free, all participate in the ruin of Adam.
There are two Adams in the Bible (1 Corinthians 15:45). The first Adam was created; the last Adam was virgin born (Luke 1:26 31. ). The first Adam was tempted, and failed; the last Adam was tempted in all points as the first Adam, but was victorious over sin and Satan.
1) Through the first Adam came the ruin of the race. Through the last Adam (Christ) came the righteousness of God for the redeemed race (2 Corinthians 5:21).
2) Through the first Adam came death. Through the last Adam came eternal life (John 3:36).
3) Through the first Adam came a ruined, sinful nature. Through the last Adam came an incorruptible nature (1 Peter 1:23). By faith we are made partakers of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).
Before people can know the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ, the last Adam, they must first recognize the ruin of the race in the first Adam.
19-2 The Nature of Man’s Ruin
(Romans 1:18 32)
When Adam sinned he did not fall alone; the whole human race fell with him. He effected the ruin of all his seed (descendants). This is what David meant when he said, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5). David was not saying that conception in marriage is sinful; he was emphasizing the fact that he was born of the ruined descendants of Adam, i.e., ruined by Adam’s original sin.
There are two ways in which man demonstrates the nature of his ruin:
1) Spiritual depravity, which is spiritual wickedness. They “suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18) by preaching another gospel (Galatians 1:6 10). Or they deny God’s very existence. “Professing to be wise, they became fools” (v. 22). They are humanistic, i.e., they proclaim the supremacy of man and deny God in their religious philosophy; they make gods of themselves (vv. 18 23).
2) Moral depravity. God is against all ungodliness, whether it be spiritual or moral, of which sexual promiscuity and homosexuality are most prominent as in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men” (v. 18). “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves” (vv. 24 32).
19-3 The Results of Man’s Ruin
(1 Corinthians 15:22)
“As in Adam all die” (v. 22). Adam was the head of the human race. By natural birth we are his descendants. When Adam sinned, death passed upon all because all sinned in Adam (Romans 5:12). When God created Adam and put him in the Garden of Eden, He gave him two commandments:
1) Cultivate and tend the Garden;
2) Eat freely of every tree of the Garden; except “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” (Genesis 2:15 17).
Adam ate the forbidden fruit; this was the ruin (fall) of mankind; the result of the ruin was death. Theologically, death is separation. According to the Scriptures there are three deaths:
1) When Adam sinned, he died spiritually; he was separated from God and the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:22 24). This was the spiritual ruin of man (Ephesians 2:1 5).
2) In Genesis 4 we again see the results of the ruin. The first physical death was murder; Cain murdered his brother, Abel (Genesis 4:8). In Genesis 5, from Adam to Noah, three little words are repeated: “and he died.” The result of man’s ruin is spiritual and physical death.
3) There is yet another death, called “the second death.” This is separation from God and His mercies forever and ever: consignment to the lake of fire. Without salvation in Christ, all that mankind has to look forward to is eternal separation from God in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14).
19-4 God’s Remedy for Man’s Ruin
God’s unique remedy for man’s ruin is “His only begotten Son” (John 3:16), who came into this sin cursed world through the womb of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26 38), and lived a holy, sinless life because He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and not by a father bearing the sin of Adam. He had no human father (Matthew 1:18 25). In sinless human flesh He “was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus was pure in thought, word, and deed; He never:
1) Entertained an evil thought: “Who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21);
2) Spoke an evil word: “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth” (1 Peter 2:22);
3) Committed an evil deed: “In Him there is no sin” (1 John 3:5). He could stand before His enemies and challenge them to convict Him of sin (John 8:46).
God the Father sent His Son into the world to do two things: “to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). From His baptism in Jordan to His death on Calvary, the Lord Jesus Christ:
1) Served the people. At Cana He turned water into wine (John 2:1 11). Beside the Sea of Galilee He multiplied five loves and two fishes into enough to feed five thousand (John 6:1 14). The people reasoned that if He were king they would always have food to eat. However, Jesus came to serve, not to be served, and so He refused their kingdom (John 6:15).
2) Gave “His life a ransom for many” (v. 45). He came to pay the debt of sin with His life:. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). God’s remedy for man’s ruin was completed when Jesus suffered the supreme penalty on Calvary. He paid the believer’s debt of sin in full (John 1:12, 29; cf. 1 John 2:2).
In Adam all died, spiritually and physically, but in Christ all believers are made alive (Ephesians 2:5; cf. 1 Corinthians 15:20 23). In Adam all were created and then ruined through the Fall, but in Christ all (believers) are new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17). In Adam all are separated from God by sin (Isaiah 59:1, 2), but in Christ all believers are redeemed from the ruin (Galatians 3:13).
19-5 The Results of God’s Remedy for Man’s Ruin
(1 Peter 1:18 19)
The effects of God’s remedy for man’s ruin are:
1) Redemption through the precious blood of Jesus. God did not redeem us with corruptible things, silver and gold, that we may become His slaves. Neither are we redeemed by our good works, that we may have grounds to boast; nor did He send angels to redeem us, that we may become angels. He sent His only begotten Son to redeem us “with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (v. 19), so that we might become sons of God. This is accomplished through believing that “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).
Christ is our Redeemer. His blood was the price He paid for our redemption. Jesus paid the price required by God the Father for the forgiveness of our sins. “The Lord [God the Father] has laid on Him [God the Son] the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). “Without shedding of blood there is no remission,” that is, no forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22). The precious blood of Jesus is upon the mercy seat in heaven’s tabernacle, which was not made with hands. And is not of this earth. “With His own blood [after His resurrection] He entered the Most Holy Place once for all.” Jesus, our High Priest, sprinkled His own blood upon the mercy seat, “having obtained eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:11 15). Jesus paid sin’s debt in full on Calvary when He came the first time to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself on the cross (Hebrews 9:25 28). It is no wonder that Peter called the blood of Jesus “precious blood” (v. 19).
2) A new creation in Christ Jesus. “Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17; cf. 2 Peter 1:4). Because believers are now partakers of the divine nature of God, they are born again children of God (v. 23).
Because they are born again of the incorruptible seed of God, they will never be the same.
All who have been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus (who are new creations in Christ) will join the four living creatures and the twenty four elders around the throne of God to sing the new theme song of heaven: redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. It will be the theme song on earth during the kingdom, and forever in the new heaven and the new earth (Revelation 5:8 1.4).
Without faith in the precious blood of Jesus that cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7), there is no remedy for your ruin by sin.
Master Outline 19 – God’s Remedy
 All Scripture is God- __________________________________.
 The Bible is the only book that reveals ___________________ __________________ from
 In 1 John5:19, what two (2) classes of people are revealed?
 We all share a common heritage which is what?
 Name four (4) preachers of righteousness who lived by faith prior to the giving of the law of Moses? Give Scriptural References.
 Only those who are born – again of God’s incorruptible seed can escape what?
 Name three (3) comparisons of the first Adam to second Adam.
 David expounded on the fall of the human race when he said what?
 What are the two (2) ways man demonstrates the nature of his ruin?
 When God created Adam he gave him two (2) commandments. Name them.
 Explain the term “second death.”
 Explain God’s unique remedy for man’s ruin.
 Jesus was pure in thought, word and deed. Explain.
 God the Father sent His Son into the world to do two (2) things. Explain them.
 What price did Christ pay for our redemption?
 What is on the mercy seat in heaven’s tabernacle?
 What did Peter call Jesus’ blood?
 What is the new theme song of heaven?
 Is there any remedy for sin apart from Jesus?