These studies do not tell you what the Bible says. The scriptures given direct you to specific topics. The questions are intended to help you focus on the study. No answers are given. You have to read and search the scriptures for the answers. We encourage you to use Bible helps such as concordances and commentaries. However, scholars and theologians often disagree on interpretation and application. The best study help comes from God. Pray. Allow yourself to be honest with your reactions, but donít jump to conclusions. It takes time to read and meditate on all the Bible says on various topics. Feel free to ask questions in your prayers. You will be amazed to discover that God does answer the sincere seeker. You will also be surprised that the Bible may not say what you might think it does on many subjects. Keep a notebook. A loose leaf one would make it possible to add thoughts and additional information as you learn more about different subjects. Welcome to an exciting search.

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Bible Study Guide: God's Plan of Life for Men and Women

By Scarlett Stough

Please read the Women in Christ commentary, Eve and Grace, to prepare for the study. 

Part I Eveís Example

  1. Genesis 1:26-27 What was the image or likeness God intended Adam and Eve to be?
  2. I John3:2; II Peter 1:4; Romans 8:29 Is this true for Godís children today?
  3. Genesis 2:9, 15-17 Name the two trees that were growing at the center of Eden. Which one did God say would cause their death if they ate its fruit?
  4. Genesis 3:1-2; Revelation 12:9; 20:2 Who did the snake represent? Did Eve know Godís instruction ďbut you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die?Ē (Genesis 2:17)
  5. Genesis 3:4-6; I John 2:15-17 State in your own words what the serpent used to deceive Eve. What did Eve imagine she would gain by eating this dangerous fruit? 
  6. Genesis 3:6; I Timothy 2:14 Where was Adam while this conversation was going on? Did he believe the snakeís lie?
  7. Genesis 3:7-8 How did Adam and Eve feel about themselves after they disobeyed God's instruction? Why do you think God went looking for them?
  8. Genesis 3:8-15 What was their response to God? What promise did God make?
  9. Genesis 3:16-24; Romans 5:12-14; I Corinthians 15:21-20 What were the consequences of doing what God said not to do?
  10. Genesis 4:1-7 Did God abandon them?

Part II The Devilís Deception

  1. Revelation 12:9 How widespread is the devilís deception?
  2. II Corinthians 11:3-4; Revelation 12:12; Matthew 13:37-39; I Peter 5:8 Who is at risk? Do we face the same kind of temptation faced by Adam and Eve?
  3. Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13 What similarity do you see between the temptation of Jesus by the devil and that of Adam and Eve?
  4. I John 2:15-17 What similarity do you see between the threefold love of this world and what Eve desired?
  5. James 1:13-15 Compare this description of the progress of temptation to sin with how Eve responded?
  6. Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13 How did Jesus resist the devilís temptation? How can we also resist by following his example?
  7. James 4:6-10; II Timothy 2:25-26; Ephesians 4:20-27 How can we avoid being deceived?
  8. Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:1-3, 10 What is the devilís fate?

Part III Godís Plan

  1. Romans 6:20-23; I John 3:4 What prevents access to eternal life? Did God provide a way to receive eternal life?
  2. Hebrews 9:24-28; John 3:16-18 How is the barrier (sin) to life removed?
  3. Revelation 13:8; II Timothy 1:9-10 How long did God have this plan in mind?
  4. Hebrews 2:9; Romans 5:6-8 What characteristic of God led him to provide a release from death?
  5. Romans 3:21-30; Romans 4:20-25 Does obeying God provide a way to avoid the death caused by sinning? What attitude is necessary to receive life through Godís grace? (unmerited favor and mercy-The Amplified Bible)
  6. Romans 3:31; 6:1-4; II Timothy 2:19, 22; I John 5:3 Does this mean that obedience is unnecessary or optional?
  7. Romans 5:15-21; I Peter 3:7 What is Godís gift for all men and women?
  8. I John 4:13-16; Galatians 6:8; Acts 2:37-40 What gift promised by God enables us to receive Godís free gift of life?
  9. I John 3:8; I Corinthians 15:45-55 Who defeated death and carried out the promise made to Eve?
  10. Revelation 21:3-8; 22:1-4 Compare this revelation of the future from Jesus Christ with Genesis 2 through 3. Notice the similarity to the garden of Eden. What happens to death, pain, and sorrow?