THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION


A sermon preached on Sunday morning August 10, 2008 at the Bakers Creek Baptist church by James Carl Jones pastor.

Luke 1:1-2
1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;

The Constitution of the United Baptist at Bakers Creek
3. We believe in the fall of Man in his Public head and that are incapable of recovery unless restored by Christ


This morning I want to speak on the

THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION

Here are the facts as given in scripture

God created everything that is

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth.

He created both Man and Angels

Colossians 1:16
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

In order to see the problem we have to see where the problem started

It started with an angel or a cherub that because of his beauty fell

The scriptures that we are fixing to look at are believed to be giving us a description of Satan and speaking of his fall. They are Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:11-19.

Isaiah 14:12-14
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Ezekiel 28:11-19
11 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

He went from

LUCIFER which means Son of the Morning

To among other names

SATAN which means 'adversary'

Satan will pay for his sins and the misery that he has caused

Isaiah 14:15-16
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

1 Timothy 3:6
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Revelation 20:10
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

So to will the angels which followed him

Revelation 12:7-9
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Matthew 25:41
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Now we know where sin started and now how it came to be found in Man

In the beginning God created Man and Woman, man was taken from the ground

Genesis 2:7
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

And the woman was taken from his side

Genesis 2:21-22
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

God created Man and placed him in a perfect environment

Genesis 1:26-31
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

If God did not create Man and Woman then Jesus lied for he said he did

Mark 10:6-9
6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

This Jesus quoted from the book of Genesis

Genesis 2:24
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

So Jesus believed and taught that God created both the man and the woman

God again placed them in a beautiful place to live

Genesis 2:8
And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

Genesis 2:15
And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

Man was given only one thing that he was not to do

Genesis 2:16-17
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Notice God did not create robots which had not will of there own, which only are capable of doing what they were program to do. He wanted man to choose to follow him; he wanted his creation to love him back because they wanted too, not because they had to.

If they did not have free will to do what they wanted or freedom to choose why give the command not to eat,

The Calvinist would try to tell you other wise

Everything was going great till Satan entered and he tempted the woman

Genesis 3:1-5
3 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Eve was the first to eat and she then gave to Adam and he ate of the fruit that she gave him

Genesis 3:6
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Notice the first evidence of the problem

Things had changed; they were not as they were

Genesis 3:7
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

Broken Fellowship = they tried to hide from God,

Genesis 3:8
And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

Then Judgment comes for their disobedience of the Lord Command

Genesis 3:16-19
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Genesis 3:22-24
22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
24 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.

Now because of this having taken place, Adam and Eve offspring are affected

Romans 5:12
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

So man needed some way to restore the fellowship that he had lost with God

The problem was he being a sinner was not able to fix what he had broke.

Now comes the Solution,

Man would say that it is not fair for God to punish everyone for the acts of two people. That would be true if it was not for him sending Jesus the Christ to offer everyone a way back

Luke 19:10
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

He started on the day that man was cast out of Eden with the words spoken to Satan

Genesis 3:14-15
14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

This speaks of the Virgin birth of our Lord,

Isa 7:14
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Luke 1:26-27
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

Luke 1:31
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

Luke 1:34-35
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

Man is the one that has the seed not the Woman. But here we have God saying the problem Satan will have is that one will come from the seed of the Woman who will bruise him

This is how man sinful nature was not passed unto our Lord; God provided the body and the blood for his Son through the Virgin and Man had nothing to do with it.

Heb 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

Jesus is called the second Adam, he is not like the first Adam because Jesus did what Adam had not done and that was obey

Romans 5:19
For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

God has set him to be the solution to the problem of Adam fall

Romans 5:8-11
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

It is through Jesus that we are able to have forgiveness of sin

Colossians 1:14
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

This has been and hopefully will always be the only Salvation that this church will offer to people for their sins. It not because this church says it is, it’s because the word of God tell us it is.

Satan is still trying to keep men and women from listening to the words of God. Jesus says he takes it from Man and Woman when they hear

Matthew 13:19
When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

He does this through blinding men and women to the truth

2 Corinthians 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Our prayer is the sinner will hear the Word of God and heed the call of the Holy Spirit and not let Satan gain a victory.

The truth of the matter is that Jesus Christ is God’s answer to mankind problem. You might be here this morning and are hearing for the first time that you had a problem.

God has allowed for you in his grace to hear the truth this morning that you are in need of a Savior and that he has provide you one in his Son the Lord Jesus the Christ.

Who died for your sins?

1 Corinthians 15:3-4
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

By his blood forgiveness of Sins is given

Matthew 26:28
For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Colossians 1:14
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Revelation 1:5
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

Seek no other way to God for it is only through Jesus Heaven will be your home

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

He is not one of many ways to get to heaven, or a way that is to be shared with anything else that Man can do. He alone is the way, he alone is the Savior

There is no other offer for sin but His

Hebrews 10:11-12
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

Christ came into this world for two reasons that we can say for sure they are

1. To save sinners = Fix what Adam broke

1 Timothy 1:15
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

2. To destroy the works of the Devil

1 John 3:8
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

In these two things we find our problem, and there is one other reason for Jesus coming to earth in the flesh, and in the third reason we find our Solution

3. To show us the Father

John 14:8-9
8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

God loved his creation and has made the way to bring Mankind back into fellowship with him

John 3:16-18
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

The question is do you know God’s Son as your Lord and Savior this Morning?

Have you been to him for his ability to clean you and fix what was broken by Adam?

Maybe you not much on someone telling you and rather have them sung to you.

My Questions I have asked you this morning are found in the words of a song we all know, and it could be called the Question Song.

Verse 1
Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb?
(Sing Chorus)

Verse 2
Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb?
(Sing Chorus)

Verse 3
When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb?
Will your Soul be ready for the Mansions bright
And be washed in the Blood of the Lamb?
(Sing Chorus)

Verse 4
Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the Blood of the Lamb?
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
O be washed in the Blood of the Lamb?
(Sing Chorus)

Chorus
Are you washed in the Blood, in the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless?
Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb?

If you have answered No to the above questions, God has given you today to change your answer to yes.

If you have not been to Jesus for the Cleansing he can provide, I would ask that you do so this very minute. You have no promise of Tomorrow, but you do have his promise that today he will take you and make you clean