The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food (lust of the flesh) and pleasing to the eye, (lust of the eyes) and also desirable for gaining wisdom, (the pride of life) she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Genesis 3:6:7 ( written ≠1500 b.c)
At first glance it might seem strange that in the letter named ‘1st Timothy,’ Paul pointed out that Eve was the one who was deceived, not Adam (1 Timothy 2:14), yet in the letter to the Romans, Paul specifically places the onus of sin passing to all mankind upon Adam,
When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.
Romans 5:12 ( written ≠56 a.d)
This is because according to Scripture, the very first woman, Eve, was actually born of Adam.
So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
In all of God’s good creation, this was the only time He said ‘it is not good, – for man to be alone.’ By doing so, not only does man and woman’s union together produces ‘one flesh’ or ‘wholeness’ in the marital covenant of God’s perfect design, but their offspring would also be a two part result of man’s seed fertilizing the woman’s egg.
By this, we understand why the onus was placed upon Adam for the perpetuation of original sin to all mankind, since all of creation share a common ancestor in Adam as our ‘greatest’ grandfather according to the flesh.
Since no one in all of history was born apart from the result of Adam and Eve and their offspring, this ‘sin nature’ was passed on to all mankind.
Well… All ‘except’ one…
Before Adam and Eve are ushered out of the Garden of Eden, God pronounces the strangest curse upon Satan for causing this whole rebellion to His intended design. He says:
“Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your seed and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
Have you ever wondered why God would tell the ‘woman’ that her ‘seed’ would be at enmity with Satan’s seed if women do not produce the seed?
It is because God was not talking about just any and every woman throughout history that would be born of a man’s seed fertilizing a woman’s egg, but instead it referred solely to ONE woman who would be found with a seed, yet never having been with a man before – a virgin.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (which means ‘God is with us’)
Isaiah 7:14 (written ≠700 b.c)
You see, by bypassing man’s seed, God was able to produce One who is referred to as the ‘last Adam’ or the ‘second man.’ (1 Cor 15:45-47) One who possessed the humanity of Adam as he originally was before Original Sin, but who also possessed the fullness of deity in the flesh being born from above – the God-man.
One who could bear the full weight of man’s deserved punishment being made fully human himself, but who also possessed the divine attributes of God, being fully God; only then being able to offer to God what was alone acceptable to God.
His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
This word ‘begotten’ (Gr. Monogenes) is a very unique word. It’s root ‘beget’ means “to bring forth” but mongers speaks specifically of “the only one of it’s kind”
Therefore, on the cross at Calvary, Jesus Christ’s outstretched arms became the only person in history with a reach long enough to reconcile heaven and earth; God and mankind; rightly deserved condemned sinners and a Holy God!
In doing so, God demonstrates His Holy hatred of sin, but His loving and merciful kindness to mankind. The truthfulness of His Word found in the writing of the prophets over a span of 1600 years and 40 authors, and historically proven events that did indeed come to pass, some of which didn’t even exist at the time of the writings, like crucifixion and the ruling Roman empire who only came to power approximately 300 years before the birth of the Messiah.
In the Scriptures, we find something that resonates so deeply in the heart of all mankind; touching intimately upon – and making sense of – our mutually agreed sentiment that ‘nobody’s perfect,’ which is just a nice way of conveying the truth that “there is something desperately wrong with the human condition.”
Jesus is God’s predestined plan of redemption for our fallen humanity.
Far beyond a return merely to the state of the Garden once again, we are welcomed to return to life eternal by the forgiveness of our sin that brought death into this world.
Jesus IS that life eternal!
IN JESUS ALL LIVE
Through the power that raised Jesus the sinless Savior from the grave, God now offers us that same Spirit born resurrection power over sin and death, by confessing our faith in Christ and believing he rose from the grave; being *born again,* not of the perishable seed of Adam destined to death, but of the imperishable seed of heaven destined to live forever with God even ‘after’ death – the promised Holy Spirit.
Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
I welcome you to receive the free gift of God through the Spirit of His blessed Son.