The Theology of Redemption
Study One – Man’s Need of Redemption
The Fall of Man
This lesson introduces the first study of the series, Man’s Need of Redemption. It will consist of two lessons. First, man’s creation as a perfect image bearer of God’s glory and subsequent fall into sin and corruption will be discussed. The next lesson will focus on the extent and depth of that corruption and how it has effected our being.
Our study of Redemption begins at the creation account on the very first pages of the very first book in the bible. As I’ve stated previously, redemption is the story of God as he relates to man, who corrupted himself at his initial trial of faith and obedience. It begins in Genesis and weaves its way throughout both the Old and New Testaments. So, the reason I’m starting here is because this is where God starts. In the creation account we learn of man’s original blessed state and the events that led to his fall from the state of innocence into a state of corruption.
It is vital to note that in the beginning God created everything good. All things were made for his glory. ‘And God saw everything that he had made and behold, it was very good‘. (Gen 1:31A) This clearly demonstrates that man in his created state was ‘very good’. He was not flawed in character or sinful in nature. Continue reading