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The importance of Genesis, part 3 – Marriage

We’re looking at the importance of Genesis – how major doctrines in the Bible depend on Genesis’s creation account and the first people being literally true. See part 1 and part 2 if you haven’t read them yet.

Marriage

Ephesians 5:23-33 is a well known passage on Marriage – it was the main reading at our own wedding:

[22] Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. [23] For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. [24] Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing. [25] Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; [26] That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, [27] That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. [28] So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. [29] For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: [30] For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. [31] For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. [32] This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. [33] Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband. – [Eph 5:22-33 KJV]

Verse 31 is a quote from 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. – [Gen 2:24 KJV]

This verse is also quoted several other times in the New Testament. In Matthew, Jesus himself is quoting from Genesis 2:

[3] The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? [4] And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female, [5] And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? [6] Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. – [Mat 19:3-6 KJV]

Also in Mark:

[5] And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. [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. – [Mar 10:5-9 KJV]

1 Corinthians:

[15] Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make [them] the members of an harlot? God forbid. [16] What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. – [1Cr 6:15-16 KJV]

So marriage depends on Genesis 2, and without Genesis, all of society is breaking down as the family unit is destroyed by a lack of understanding of marriage.

And more

Contend For Your Faith did a study on major doctrines depending on Genesis 1-4. I encourage you to watch this – they found a lot more than I had thought!

May 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm Leave a comment

The importance of Genesis, part 2

We’re looking at the importance of Genesis – how major doctrines in the Bible depend on Genesis’s creation account and the first people being literally true. See part 1 if you haven’t read it yet.

References to Abel, Adam’s son

Matthew 23:

[35] That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. – [Mat 23:35 KJV]

Hebrews 11:

[4] By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. – [Hbr 11:4 KJV]

Heb 12 Jesus and Abel:

[24] And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than [that of] Abel. – [Hbr 12:24 KJV]

References to Enoch

Hebrews 11:

[5] By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. – [Hbr 11:5 KJV]

Jude mentions Adam and Enoch:

[14] And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, – [Jud 1:14 KJV]

The importance of Adam and Eve’s sin

Without the first couple sinning, separating all of humanity from God, there was no need for Jesus Christ, God incarnate, to die on the cross to shed His righteous blood as an atonement for all. Jesus becomes reduced to a prophet or teacher, as non-Christians see Him.

Coming up next: Genesis and Marriage – see part 3

April 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm Leave a comment

Noah’s faith

I’m inspired by the faith of Noah. He took perhaps 100 years to build the ark – that’s a lot of time to endure criticism from people about his ark-constructing activities.

2 Peter 2:5 calls him “a preacher of righteousness” so he certainly contended for his faith during this time. In spite of the strange thing that God told him to do – build a boat almost as long as the street we’re living on, for a whole century during which there was no evidence of the coming flood – Noah was faithful.

Genesis 6:22 records: “Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.”

The results were that he saved his family – being a faithful father. I find this inspiring as a father myself!

April 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm Leave a comment

The importance of Genesis

Some Christians try to reconcile the Bible with evolution, and in so doing, write off parts of Genesis as allegorical or symbolic – in other words, they don’t believe in a literal six day creation or Adam and Eve as the literal first people.

Ken Ham at Answers in Genesis writes about people promoting this view, and gives his responses, in several posts including: http://blogs.answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2011/04/01/the-battle-over-adam/ and http://blogs.answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2011/04/05/do-two-nazarene-professors-endorse-the-idea-that-rejecting-christianity-is-more-viable-than-believing-paul-in-the-new-testament/

We can’t pick and choose which bits of the Bible that we choose to believe.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says:

All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Let’s look at what references there are in the Bible to Adam and Eve (and others in the first few generations) literally existing as the first humans, and their sin and the consequences.

References to Adam

Luke 3:23-38 records the genealogy of Jesus back to Adam:

[23] And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was [the son] of Heli, [24] Which was [the son] of Matthat, which was [the son] of Levi, which was [the son] of Melchi, which was [the son] of Janna, which was [the son] of Joseph,

[36] Which was [the son] of Cainan, which was [the son] of Arphaxad, which was [the son] of Sem, which was [the son] of Noe, which was [the son] of Lamech, [37] Which was [the son] of Mathusala, which was [the son] of Enoch, which was [the son] of Jared, which was [the son] of Maleleel, which was [the son] of Cainan, [38] Which was [the son] of Enos, which was [the son] of Seth, which was [the son] of Adam, which was [the son] of God. – [Luk 3:23-38 KJV]

If Adam wasn’t real, then which people in this genealogy (and recorded in Genesis 4-6) weren’t real? How could we trust the Gospel of Luke if it lists fictional people in the genealogy of Jesus?

Romans 5 contrasts Adam with Jesus:

[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: [13] (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. [14] Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. [15] But not as the offence, so also [is] the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, [which is] by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. [16] And not as [it was] by one that sinned, [so is] the gift: for the judgment [was] by one to condemnation, but the free gift [is] of many offences unto justification. [17] For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) [18] Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto justification of life. [19] For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. – [Rom 5:12-19 KJV]

How could this comparison be valid unless Adam was a real person who really sinned?

1 Corinthians also contrasts Adam and Jesus:

[21] For since by man [came] death, by man [came] also the resurrection of the dead. [22] For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. … [45] And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit. – [1Cr 15:21-22, 45 KJV]

1 Timothy mentions Adam and Eve:

[12] But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. [13] For Adam was first formed, then Eve. [14] And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. – [1Ti 2:12-14 KJV]

Coming soon: Abel (Adam’s son) and Enoch (Adam’s great great great great grandson) – see part 2

April 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm Leave a comment


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