Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
July 20, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Subject
Who Are We?
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday July 20, 2014
Who Are We?
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created him; male and female created them.” Gen 1:27.
One of the historic questions has been that of the origin of 
humankind. Numerous have been the theories, speculations, and 
generalizations. A careful study of the responses leads to the 
conclusion that there are two polarities; one is Evolution and the 
other is Divine Creation. As a retired University Professor and, now, 
a retired Academic Dean of a Bible College and Seminary, I know 
the correct answer; in fact I knew the right answer even before 
my college matriculation. 
But as any scholar would do, I must explore both responses 
to the question - Who are We? Like Elijah standing on Mt. Carmel 
and allowing Baal’s worshipers to go first, I shall take the Evolution 
theory first. It was advanced by Charles Darwin who taught that 
we evolved from a lower form of animal life. He insisted that the 
process occurred over many Centuries. Although Darwin was a 
respected biologist and his theory was embraced in the Natural 
Sciences, it nonetheless suffered from irreparable flaws. Even 
without measuring it against biblical standards, Evolution fails to 
account for the beginning of the so called animal from which 
mankind evolved. Further, this defective theory starts with a form 
of life that did not just create itself; rather, it was the result of some 
earlier force, one that we Bible believing person know to have 
been God. Another flaw in the evolution theory is the fact that it 
fails to account for the Great Fall or original sin. Are we, therefore, 
to believe that the lower animal from which humankind is assumed 
to have evolved there from was without sin, and that sin occurred 
only after humanity became an upright being? Friends that 
fallacious reasoning negates the sin in Eden than happened long 
before the flood. The explanation is, further, complicated by the 
fact that it is inconsistent with the Genealogical account from Adam 
to the birth of Christ. So while Darwinian evolution is an 
interesting theory of who we are, it must be rejected on logical, 
historical, and most of all on theological grounds. 
In so rejecting Darwinian evolution, let us be not dismayed 
regarding our origin. Instead, let turn to the Holy Book of Old 
written by holy men of God, who spake as they were moved 
by the Holy Ghost ( II Peter 1:21 ). Within that Book of Books 
whose first Chapter is known as Genesis - a word that means 
beginning, origin, life, activation - is found 
the unadulterated truth for the question - Who are we? The 
explanation is known as Creation, not evolution. This word 
creation denotes a process completed by a force, in this instance, 
God with a specific time fame and, upon completion, the object - 
which was man - was perfect and upright on the day of 
creation, which was the sixth day. Notice God did not say of 
man, this creature must evolve; instead - according to Bible - 
God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very 
good ( Gen. 1:31 ). 
Beloved, Genesis - in responding to the question - Who are 
we? tells us that we are a divine creation made from the dust of 
the ground, made in the image and likeness of the Father, given 
authority to multiply its species, to have dominion of much of 
divine creation, and to comply with the divine mandate to eat from 
the tree of knowledge. 
This question of -Who are we - is treated in Lewis Sperry 
Chafer’s Eight Volume study entitled, Chafer Systematic Theology. 
In Volume II of that extensive work, Chafer has a section on 
Anthropology. That term denotes the study of human origin. In 
describing the nature of man, not origin because he embraced 
divine creation, Chafer describes humankind as having 
an immaterial dimension that consists of Soul, Spirit, Heart and 
Mind. Scriptures exist to support each 
of these components - in the interest of time, attention is called 
to Mind: be ye transformed by the renewing of your man...Romans 
12:2 and let this same mind be in you, which was also in Christ 
Jesus. ( Phil. 2:5 ). 
Next, Chafer tells us that we have a set of capacities that 
he labels as intellect, sensibility, will, and conscience. While all of 
these features are essential for the Christian, it is safe to conclude 
that conscience - inner judgment, morality, and ethics - are at the 
core of Christian living. The Golden Rule is an outstanding example 
of conscience in the life of believers. 
In closing, it is herein submitted that we were perfect in 
creation, we were given free will, we transgressed the divine 
order of God, we became - in Adamic posterity - heirs to a 
sinful nature, but the kind heart of God was moved with such 
compassion that he instituted an array of prophets and priests 
to restore his wayward children back to the fold. During the long 
sojourn, the Old Covenant was given, idolatrous rituals were 
performed, and animal sacrifices were instituted, but God was 
not satisfied. Hence, the Bible assures us that in these last days 
God has spoken unto us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir 
of all things ( Hebrews 1:2 ). Accordingly, we are now - by 
accepting Jesus - joint heirs to eternal existence with the Heavenly 
Father. Amen!
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