1. What shows the importance of this study?
“What is man, that Thou are mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him?” Psalm 8:4.
2. What is the origin of man?
“And the Lord God formed man,” Genesis 2:7.
3. Of what was man composed?
“Of the dust of the ground,” Genesis 2:7.
4. What was added to make him alive?
“And breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul,” Genesis 2:7.
5. Was man subject to death?
“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,” verse 17.
6. After man had disobeyed God by eating of the forbidden fruit, what sentence was passed upon him?
“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 3:19.
7. What precautions did God take to prevent man from living forever in his disobedient condition?
“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: therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 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,” verses 22, 23, 24.
8. How many were affected by this death sentence?
“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,” Romans 5:12.
9. Since the death sentence has been pronounced upon all men, are they mortal or immortal?
“Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his Maker? Job 4:17.
“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof,” Romans 6:12.
10. At the present time, who only hath immortality?
“Who [God] only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; Whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to Whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen,” I Timothy 6:16.
11. How may man gain immortality?
“To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life,” Romans 2:7.
12. What will those gain who fail to continue in well doing?
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Romans 6:23.
NOTE: We have learned that man is mortal at the present time and subject to immortality at the last day, if he will be obedient to the teachings of the Bible, or as Paul said, “by patient continuance in well doing.” We have also learned that those who are disobedient to the teachings of the Bible will gain the reward of the sinner, death.
Put all the armor on,
Like valiant soldiers stand;
Let all your loins be girt with truth,
Waiting our Lord’s command.
While Jesus is our Friend,
And His rich grace supplies,
We’ll march like valiant soldiers on:
We’re sure to win the prize.
The battle’s almost o’er;
The race is nearly run;
Then with our glorious, conquering King
We’ll sit down on His throne.
Then prepare for life, everlasting life!
_ Charles Wesley
Then those who have suffered, toiled for His name,
Though hated, rejected, unknown,
No longer shall suffer the world’s scorn and shame
When Jesus returns for His own.
There’s coming a wonderful, wonderful day,
Its glory has never been known;
When free from our burdens we’re going away.
As Jesus returns for His own.