The Way of our Lord is the revelation of our Father God's plan for the restoration of man to the original condition and position that he once held at the time of his creation. Even more so that we, born again believers, have been made new creations more perfect than the Adamic example given in the creation account!
The renewing of the mind is perhaps the most important biblical precept within the Christian faith yet it is also the most ignored. This neglect is the primary reason that the lions share of Christian believers have taken another path, the broad path which leads to destruction, rather than the path prepared for them by John the Baptist and shown to us by our Lord Jesus. They have been snared by the doctrines of men and devils because they, as did the Pharisees in the time of Jesus, have hardened their hearts to the truth and have become puffed up in their own wisdom, understanding and pride.
I know this to be absolutely true because I spent the first 10 years of my new life as a "born again believer" in the same condition, and I give thanks, praise and all of the glory to almighty God for delivering me from the very bondage that I perceived to be my liberty.
It is my hope and my prayer that our Father God use this study to set the captives of the old nature, customs and traditions free from their bondage, in the name of Christ Jesus, as He did me. Amen & Amen!
We all know that the fall of man was a result of the transgression that took place in the garden which was in Eden. I submit to you however that the root of the fall lays beneath the accepted reason for it. That being the eating of the forbidden fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. I suggest to you that the eating of the fruit was merely symptomatic of a much deeper issue. Not trusting God!
All of the biblical men and women who found acceptance in the sight of God did so through their faith in Him. That is to say that they believed His words and acted on their belief. Adam and Eve on the other hand did not believe God and acted on that unbelief.
Let's begin with the man and what God expected of him. We are told in Genesis 2 that God had planted a garden eastward in Eden, after He had created and made (formed) Adam, and that He put the man in the garden which He had planted. In verse 15 see the reason that God put the man in the garden; "to dress it and keep it".
To "dress" the garden is to serve it (her), to be subject to it. Adam was to till the land or work it and by doing so He was serving God. We are also told that part of this service to God was to "keep" the garden. This means that he was to (shâmar) have charge of, guard and protect the garden from suffering loss or injury, .
Now if God had just created, made, and given life to the man (Adam), and put him in the garden which He had planted, from what or whom was Adam to protect it from?
The serpent which was the devil!
The question here is, did Adam "keep" the garden? No!
We know this to be true because in chapter 3 of Genesis we see the serpent in the midst of the garden tempting Eve (in Adam's presence). One can only assume that Adam had been "beguiled" by the serpent, as Eve was, because there was no objection about his being there made by Adam.
Now one might rightly make this assumption based on the events which take place in this chapter of scriptures.
In chapter two God puts the man in the garden to dress and keep it. Later in that chapter He warns Adam not to eat of the forbidden fruit. That if He did eat it he would, that day, surely die (v.17). In chapter three we see that Eve knew that the fruit of that tree was forbidden.
But the devil (the serpent) "beguiles" Eve. He tells her that if she eats of the fruit she will not surely die. He tell her that God does not want her to eat of the fruit for in that day her eyes will be opened and be as gods knowing good from evil.
It was at that time that Eve was faced with a choice. Believe God and choose His way or believe the devil and choose his way. We all know the choice that Eve, and subsequently Adam, made and the consequences which followed thereafter. Their fall from grace, their spiritual death, and their separation from God (at least in terms of the relationship that they had with Him before their transgression).
As time marched on man became more and more depraved and sinful and distanced from God and His grace. So much so that God repented from making man and eventually destroyed mankind, all that is but for Noah and his family who eventually re-populated the earth. And yet again over time man fall back into his sinful ways and continued to grow further and further away from God.
(Rom 5:14) Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
(Rom 5:15) But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
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