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I.   The beginning of man. Where did he originate?


     A. Mankind was created by God in His likeness.


Genesis 1:26 –27 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.


  B. Mankind was created with freedom of choice or what Bible teachers call “free will”.


Genesis 2:15 –17 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”


         C. Mankind was created with a body that will eventually die; in other words, people are mortal.


Psalm 89:48 What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his life from the power of the grave?


Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.


  D. Mankind was created with a soul that will live forever. The soul is the real YOU. Even after you die, you will be alive. That means you will live forever somewhere and God send you to live in a place that fits your spiritual life: heaven or hell. Where will that be for you?


Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.


Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 


Summary of Lesson 1. man was created by God in His likeness, pure and holy, but with a body that will eventually die because it was created of the dust of the earth. Genesis 2:7 . And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. But the soul of man will never die and everyone must give an account to God for the way he lived in this life.