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Adam’s Spiritual Death 

When did Adam die spiritually? I will contend that Adam died spiritually before he ate fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In other words, eating the fruit was “the fruit” of his already perceived separation from God. 

Remember, Adam ate from the tree thinking he could become like God forgetting that he was already made in the image and likeness of God. He attempted to become something that he already was. He didn’t have to become like God because God made him who he was. Just as God says “I Am Who I Am”, Adam simply was who he was because God made him that way, perfect. There was nothing Adam could do to add to his image. 

When Adam ate that forbidden fruit, he was essentially acting upon what he already wrongly believed was true about himself; that he needed to be like God. 

Jesus said “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27‭-‬28

He was saying to those who trusted in the law, that they have learned that breaking the law meant to act upon their lust when in reality they broke it when they entertained even the thought of  it. 

In the same manner God commanded  Adam not to eat from that tree because he would surely die, but Jesus’ teaching shows that it wasn’t the act of eating that caused his separation from God but the very idea and false belief  that he was separated in the first place, and THAT was when he died.

To “know” your wife biblically is to become one with her. Eternal life is to be ONE with God. Jesus put it this way, “And this is eternal life, that they may know (be one with) You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3. You have been made ONE with God. Any attempt or belief to become something the Father has already made you is spiritual death. All we can do be a reflection of what God has already made us. 

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Adam Was Up To Know Good

Adam was so obsessed with knowing what was good, healthy, beautiful, and wise that it led to the fall of mankind. Adam walked innocently with God in the garden. His nakedness was never a thought until he ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We cannot know good without simultaneously learning evil. Adam desired to be like God forgetting that he was already made in God’s image and likeness. When Adam ate from the tree he immediately KNEW he was naked, he covered HIMSELF, hid HIMSELF from God’s presence, and upon hearing God’s voice was afraid and ashamed of his own nakedness. Adam’s nakedness didn’t change God’s mind about Adam, Adam changed His mind about God. He now saw God as a judge of good and evil rather than a loving Father. God never even considered Adam’s sin and asked him “who told you that you were naked?” in other words “who told that you sinned?” It wasn’t God who saw Adam as naked, he was always naked! It was Adam who saw Adam as naked. Adam didn’t lose His sonship, he lost his mind! God never intended for us to relate to Him in terms of good and evil or right and wrong. When we do we judge ourselves and as a result see God as judging us. We were designed to walk innocently with God whether we are clothed or not. Don’t eat from the wrong tree. Pursue life and truth and love and the fruit of it will be all good.

 
 

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How You Were Freed From Sin

What gave power to sin?

“…the strength of sin is the law.” 
I Corinthians 15:56

How is sin imputed? 
“For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.” 
Romans 5:13 

What was the problem with the law? 
“But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire… And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me.”
Romans 7:‭8-11

How did Jesus free us from sin?
“having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” 
Colossians 2:14

What happens when there is no law? 
“…for where there is no law there is no transgression.”
Romans 4:15 

Does God remember sin in the new covenant?
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Hebrews 8:12

If the Son sets you free, you are extremely, exceedingly, tremendously, immensely, decidedly, remarkably free!

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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