Intro to the History &
Theology of the
Assemblies of God
Day #2
#4 The Fall of Man
“Man was created good and upright; for
God said, ‘Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness.’ Gen 1: 26. However,
man by voluntary transgression fell and
thereby incurred not only physical death but
also spiritual death which is separation
from God (Gen 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6; and
Romans 5:12-19).
What are we as human beings?
Psalms 8: 4-5, “What is man that You are
mindful of him, the son of man that you care
for him? You made him a little lower than the
heavenly beings (angels) and crowned him with
glory and honor. You made him ruler over the
works of Your hands; You put everything under
his feet.”
There is a sharp distinction between man and
all other creatures/creation!
Creation vs. Evolution vs. Theistic Evolution
New Earth vs. Old Earth Perspective
Trichotomist vs. Dichotomist
Soul = the self, conscious life, personality,
unique characteristics of self, intellect,
emotions, and will
Spirit = “the being within”, the body houses the
spirit, the God conscious part of every
Ephesians 2: 1- 10 = Our spirit is “dead”
without Christ….
In the image of God
Mankind was created in the “image of God” =
Hebrew word “tselem” meaning “in the nature
of God”
A moral image = includes our will, ability to
self-determine, to choose to follow God or resist
His presence
Eph 4: 24 = God provided a “new self, created
to be like God in true righteousness and
holiness” through Jesus Christ.
Origin of Sin
Started in the abuse of the freedom given to
created beings who have a will.
It breaks away from a relationship of
obedience and faith in God and goes to self-
determination and gratification… we choose
not to relate with or to not obey God.
Moral Character = choosing that which is
right – determines what our character is…
Examine Gen 3…
Romans 6:23 = the wages of sin is DEATH
Romans 7: 24 = wretched person I am!!!
Romans 3: 23 = ALL have sinned!
Isaiah 53: 1-5 = Iniquity, Transgressions, Infirmity
#5. The Salvation of Man
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed
blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
(a) Conditions to Salvation: Salvation is received
through repentance toward God and faith toward
the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of
regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
being justified by grace through faith, man
becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of
eternal life.
(b) The Evidence of Salvation: The inward evidence of
salvation is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit.
The outward evidence to all men is a life of
righteousness and true holiness.
The Death of Jesus Christ was NOT a plan
Rev. 13:8 = “The Lamb that was slain from the
creation of the world.”
Gen 3:15 = The first promise of salvation through
the shedding of blood.
Heb. 10: 1 – 14 = Christ Jesus – the Sacrifice
The Atonement (kippur) = “covering with a price”
The wages of sin is paid for! Jesus = vicarious
Substitutionary atonement = Romans 5: 8
The Atonement Provides For:
Reconciliation: Rom 5: 10 & 2 Cor 5:18-19
Payment for ransom: Matt 20: 28 & Mark 10:45
Pardon for transgressions & sin = the penalty for our
sins are paid for: John 1:29; Eph 1:7; Heb 9:22)
Power of sin over us is BROKEN: Romans 6 – 8
Provides deliverance from death: I Cor 15
Conviction = John 6:44 and John 16: 8-11
Misc Vocabulary
Conversion = to turn around
Repentance = metanoia (Heb) – a change of mind; an act
of the will; genuine sorrow for sin and turn to Him (Heb
11:6 – diligently seek Him)
Faith = Heb. 11: 1
Believe = trust fully (Gen 15:6 – Abraham)
Justification = “just as if” you never sinned – declared
Regeneration = giving of divine life – God’s part
Adoption = legally “placing as a son” – the Holy Spirit’s
part. Romans 8:23
#6 The Ordinances of the
Baptism in Water: The ordinance of baptism by
immersion is commanded in Scriptures. All who
repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are
to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that
they have died with Christ and that they also have
been raised with Him to walk in newness of life.
Matt 28:19; Rom 6:4
Holy Communion: The Lord’s Supper, consisting of
the elements: bread and fruit of the vine – is the
symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of
our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4); memorial of His
suffering and death (I Cor 11:26); and enjoined on
all believers until He comes.
2 Ordinances = ordered or established
Water Baptism
As a testimony of
repentance – Matt 28
For believers only –
Mark 16:16
Infant baptism – not
Immersion – Rm 6:1-4
The Last Supper –
Mark 14;22
Eucharistia (Eucharist)-
giving thanks
New Covenant – I Cor
11: 24 -26
Strong warning – I
Cor. 11: 27 – 30
Promise of His return
#7 The Baptism in the
Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to and should ardently
expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father,
the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to
the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the
normal experience of all the early Christian church.
With it comes the enduement of power for life and
service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in
the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts1: 4&8; I
Cor 12:1-31).
This experience is distinct from and subsequent to
the experience of new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46;
11:14-16; 15:7-9).
With the baptism in the Holy Spirit comes such
experiences as an overflowing fullness of the
Spirit (John 7: 37-39; Acts 4:8),
a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Heb
an intensified consecration to God and
dedication to His work (Acts 2:42),
and a more active love for Christ, for His Word
and for the lost (Mark 16:20).