Lecture on the Fall of Man

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From the Introduction:

On July 8, 1741, a well-known preacher and theologian found himself in Enfield, Connecticut on a missionary tour.  That day he had chosen as his text Deuteronomy 32:35, “Their foot shall slide in due time.”  This was his introduction . . . (399-400).  The sermon was “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”; the preacher, one Jonathan Edwards.  What he vividly portrayed that day was the perilous condition of man before God as a consequence of the Fall; and when combined with his emphasis on the mercies of God, it was this that promoted what Edwards journaled as, “an immediate and general revival of religion throughout the place” (399).

The doctrine of the Fall of Man is one of the most important doctrines to reclaim, preach, and teach in a secular and church culture that has largely come to deny the biblicity and experiential fact of it, along with that of God, Christ, and that which belongs to redemption.  Significantly, when these doctrines disappear from the evangelical church, the product is a Christless, powerless, man-centered theology.  This doctrine, the doctrine of the Fall, sin and total depravity, is one of the pillars to a God-entranced, Christ-centered, Spirit-filled life.  The knowledge of our spiritual inability teaches us that the whole of salvation belongs to God, and that He alone is worthy of all of our praise – the object of our boast is reoriented away from us to God (1 Cor 1:29-31).  Understanding the sinfulness of sin, and the depth of human wickedness, the cross is magnified for what it truly is: the power of God!  When the soul is awakened to its hellish principles and rebellious nature by the “quickening ray” of God in Christ by the Spirit, grace becomes altogether remarkable.  This is what the famed lines of John Newton’s Amazing Grace teach us: “Amazing grace!, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me; I was once lost but now I’m found; twas blind but now I see.”  So it is, that we will not perceive grace to be so amazing until we know and feel that fact of our wretchedness, and so consequently, know and feel our need of Christ.

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