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    To illustrate the hopelessness of spiritually dead sinners ever being able to bring forth spiritual fruits of themselves, a father cut off some flowers from their roots, laid them in the grass, and told his son that he believed that the flowers would continue to live and bloom.

    When his son replied that this was impossible, he responded, "You are right, son. This is the same truth with spiritually dead sinners. Those who are separated from God, their only source of spiritual life and growth, can never bring forth spiritual fruits apart from Him."

Hope for man's salvation must be based upon God, not upon fallen man. God is almighty and gracious. He has sovereignly declared His desire to save lost sinners through the merits of Jesus Christ. God's willingness, grace, and work - not fallen man's willingness, decision, and works - is the scriptural foundation of hope.

The results of spiritual death were experienced immediately after man's first sin in Paradise. Spiritual death, being separated from God's favor and communion, included the following:

1. The loss of God's image In its restricted sense; the reflection in man of godly knowledge, righteousness, and holiness.

2. The awareness of nakedness - A feeling of shame; the loss of openness and comfortableness in God's presence.

3. Horror of conscience - A sense of guilt and fear of God; the loss of innocency.

4. Expulsion from Paradise - The casting out of all unrighteousness from God's presence; the loss of God's blessed communion in the intimate relationship man had with the Lord.

    The manchineel tree, which grows in the West Indies, bears a very attractive apple. The fruit looks delicious and smells very fragrant. But to eat, is death. The natives dip their arrows into the sap of this tree in order to poison their enemies. A few drops of its sap or juice is very dangerous.

    How does this tree in its appearance and consequence, illustrate the fall of man and the truth of sin?



 

And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

And he said, I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

- Genesis 3:9-10,24

 


  • Expulsion - The state of being expelled or driven out

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