the doctrine of man

By Andrew E. Courtis

Where did people come from?

God created the first man, and his name was Adam (Gen. 2:20). God created him from the dust of the ground. It was not good that he was alone so God made a helper for him (Gen. 2:18), and she was made from Adam’s side (Gen. 2:21-23). This helper became his wife and her name was Eve (Gen. 3:20). It was God’s plan that a man would marry a woman (Gen. 2:24) and have children (Gen. 1:28). When God made them, both the man and woman were holy and happy.

 

God created the first man
The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him (Genesis 2:20)

God made a helper for the first man
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him” (Genesis 2:18)

God made the first woman from the man’s side
So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (Genesis 2:21-23)

The first woman became the Adam’s wife
The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living (Genesis 3:20)

It is God’s plan that a man marries a woman
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (Genesis 2:24)

 

What is a person?

All people have come from their first parents – Adam and Eve. All people are made in the image of God (James 3:9). This does not mean that we look like God, but it does mean that we are able to love, be kind, and be creative. God created people so that they would worship and obey Him (Is. 43:7). He has made all people with a soul and a body. The souls of people will last forever but their body will grow old and die. Because all people have been made in the image of God the life of all people is precious.

 

People are made in the image of God
…people who are made in the likeness of God (James 3:9)

God made people to worship and obey Him
Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made (Isaiah 43:7)

 

What is the fall of man?

After God made man and woman, they disobeyed Him. Even though God was very good to them, they were not grateful. They ate the fruit that God said they couldn’t eat (Gen. 3:6). After they disobeyed God, they changed from being holy and happy to being sinful and sad. This leaves every single person in a terrible and helpless situation. Every person is a sinner (Rom. 3:23) and every person must be judged (Acts 17:31) and punished by God (John 3:36). But, there is good news! Read the next chapter to find out.

 

Adam and Eve disobeyed God
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate (Genesis 3:6)

Every person is a sinner
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)

Every Person deserves to be judged and punished by God
Because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead (Acts 17:31)

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him (John 3:36)