Torrey - Man -2.1- The Act of the Fall

2. THE FALL I. THE FACT OF THE FALL OF HUMANITY. Genesis 3:1-6 — "Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Logo God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat."

Proposition: The first man fell.

The steps in the Fall were:

1. Listening to slanders against God.

2. Doubting God's word and His love.

3. Looking at what God had forbidden.

4. Lusting for what God had prohibited. (The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the vainglory of life, v. 6. Compare 1 John 2:16.)

5. Disobeying God's commandments.

The woman was the first in this deception and transgression. (Compare to 1 Timothy 2:14 "And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.")