Man in the State of Original Righteousness

1. What does Scripture teach us concerning the creation of man?

a. That God formed Adam out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.

b. That God created him body and soul.

c. That God created him after His own image.

2. What is meant by the image of God in man?

That there is a reflection of some of God’s perfections in man’s nature, so that in a creaturely way he resembles God. Genesis 1:26, 27

3. What elements belong to this image of God in man?

True knowledge of God, righteousness, and holiness. Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 4:24

4. Can you prove from Scripture that these elements belong to the image of God in man?

Yes, Ephesians 4:23, 24 teaches: “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

5. What was Adam’s relation to God?

Adam lived in a covenant relation in which he was God’s friend servant. Hosea 6:7

6. What does this mean?

That Adam was at the same time both friend and servant of God in God’s creation.

7. What was his relation to the creation?

Adam had dominion over all creatures on the earth as their king.Genesis 1:28

8. What was his relation to the human race?

He was its first father and its representative head.I Corinthians 15:21

9. Did Adam have a free will?

Yes, Adam was created good, so that He was able to serve God perfectly; but he could also, by an act of his own will, turn against God into sin. Ecclesiastes 7:29


1. From Genesis 2:4-15 describe the garden in which God placed Adam.

2. Read Genesis 2:9, 16, 17 and answer the following questions:

a. What two special trees did God put in the garden?

b. What was God’s command concerning these trees?

c. Why did God put these trees in the garden and give specific commands concerning them?

3. From Genesis 1:28-30 and Genesis 2:15, 19, 20 tell what it means that Adam had dominion over the whole earthly creation.

4. Describe from Genesis 2:18, 21-25 how God created Eve and what this meant for Adam.

5. What is the importance of the tree of life as it is mentioned in Revelation 22:2?

6. If Adam had remained obedient, would he and the human race have been brought to the eternal state of heavenly glory?Cf. I Corinthians 15:50.