Man’s problems after the fall
Because of the fall, man began to have serious problems with both God and man.
Problems before God
The condemnation of God – Through the disobedience or transgression of Adam, we have all come under God’s condemnation (Romans 5:18). God created Adam as the spiritual head or representative of the human race, so spiritually all of us were included in him. In God’s eyes, when Adam sinned, we were all included in his sin, even though we never sinned individually in the same manner. Therefore, when God judged Adam and condemned him, He also judged and convicted all of us through him.
The wrath of God – Because we have been condemned by God in Adam, we all fell under God’s wrath (John 3:36). Because of Adam’s sin, all men are now under the wrath of God awaiting His final judgment.
The judgment of God – Finally, for the sin of Adam, man will be judged by God (Hebrews 9:27) and cast into the lake of fire for eternity (Revelation 20:15). The Bible says that eternal fire was prepared for Satan and the angels who followed him in his rebellion against God, and not for man (Matthew 25:41). However, Satan deceived the man who then followed him in rebelling against God by disobeying his command, so now all mankind must also suffer the judgment of God with Satan in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15).
Outwardly, and before God, this is the terrible condition in which, for the transgression of Adam, man fell. Instead of enjoying the life of God and expressing it, God sentenced man to death to suffer the same judgment as Satan.
Problems within man himself
Let us use an illustration of a boy who disobeyed his mother and ended up eating poison: first, he has a problem to solve with his mother. This problem is objective, something outside of himself. Second, he also has a problem within, something subjective, which is the poison that he ingested. When he ate from the tree of knowledge, man not only transgressed the Word of God, which the forgiveness of God can solve, but he also received a corrupt and satanic sinful nature. Therefore, he perished in every aspect of his being and his sin ruined and corrupted him.
His sin caused his spirit to die to God – Paul taught in Ephesians 2:1 that man is dead in trespasses and sins. The spirit of man died, and lost its function of interacting with God and receiving Him as his life. Therefore, man today has lost the ability to interact with God and as a result, many do not believe in Him.
His sin ruined his soul – When the evil nature of sin entered into man, it damaged his soul with respect to God’s purposes. Sin darkened his mind, which God created to know Him. This leads man to walk in the vanity of his thoughts (Ephesians 4:17-18). God created man’s emotions to love, but because of sin, this love was diverted to other things and went so far as to hate God (2 Timothy 3:2-4). Finally, God created man’s will to choose and obey Him; however, man used it to rebel against Him (Ephesians 2:2).
His sin corrupted his body – The nature of sin entered the man’s body transforming him into sinful flesh. Sin now dwells in the flesh of man (Romans 7:17-18). So man’s body is full of corrupt lusts, and has become the body of sin – serving sin as a slave (Romans 6:6), and becoming the body of death (Romans 7:24).
In such a miserable condition, man is utterly helpless to save himself, and utterly without hope. In this regrettable situation, as a result of Adam’s sin, all men fell, including you and me. Yet this same horrible condition of man motivated God, in His love, to come and save us.