Doctrine #6 – Fall: God Judges

The Bible says that God made everyone and everything “very good”. This intended state of beauty and harmony in all things is described in the Old Testament as “shalom”. Everything is now very bad because something has gone very wrong as we have wrecked shalom.




What are the four legs of a Biblical worldview?

1. Theunseenrealm
2. Binarythinking
3. Groupguilt
4. Heavendownorhellup

What are God’s two families?

•Job 38:4-7 – “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements – surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”

1. God’sDivineFamily 2. God’sHumanFamily

How do God’s two families meet at the Divine Council?

•Psalm 82:1 – “God [Elohim] has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods [Elohim] he holds judgment.”

What was the governance war in heaven?

•Revelation 12:7-9 – Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

•Luke 10:18 – [Jesus] said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”

What was the governance war on earth?

•Genesis 1:31 – God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. •Genesis 3:1, 6-9, 12 – Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field

that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’”…she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths…and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”…The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”

What is the fall of humanity?

•Romans 5:12 – Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned…

•Psalm 51:5 – Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

•Psalm 58:3 – The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies.

•Ephesians 2:3 – “…by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind…”

How far has humanity fallen?

•Proverbs 20:9 – Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”?

•Romans 3:22-23 – …there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…

•Romans 6:23 – …the wages of sin is death…

What are some sinful responses to sin?

• Minimize
•Exception to the rule
• Rationalizing
• Diversion
•Partial confession
•Excuse making
•Worldly sorry (confession without repentance)

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Mark Driscoll

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