What Happened in the Garden?

The book of Genesis, in brief, tells us that our very first ancestors, Adam and Eve, were created by Holy God in an adult human form with an immortal body, God’s Spiritual image, a soul (individual characteristics or attributes), and a free will. God placed them in a beautiful paradise on planet earth called the ‘Garden of Eden’ and lived among them in fellowship.

Satan (formerly named Lucifer), the fallen prideful archangel, had been thrown out of heaven and down to earth. He was allowed to enter Eden to test God’s creation of man. (Our omniscient God, already, knew the outcome of His pre-determined plan.) This testing or trial was to show Adam and Eve the steadfastness of their faith, love, and obedience toward our Holy Creator. Just like Satan, the first man and woman decided that they would rather be ‘equal with God’ by eating from His one forbidden fruit on the ‘tree of knowledge’ (good and evil). Adam and Eve ‘sinned’ by ‘choosing’ to obey Satan instead of God. Forwarned by God of the consequences for disobedience, God removed His Holy Spirit from them, their natural fallen spirit became dominant, they physically began to die and were thrown out of the garden.

We shouldn’t blame Adam and Eve for this fallen world. They succumbed to Satan’s relentless temptations, as each one of us does at times. Life is all about choices! It was their ‘choice’ to disobey God. Pride is the underlying factor in every sin. Angels are, also, created with a ‘free will’. Satan was the first to turn against our Creator because of pride, and he is known throughout Scripture as the ‘father of lies’.

After the fall in the garden, mankind inherited Adam’s fallen spirit which the Bible calls a ‘sin nature’. Only by His grace, mercy, and unconditional love, God gives us a ‘second chance’ to be redeemed and to secure His ‘free gift’ of eternal life (eternal salvation). Just like the first couple createdGod gives us a ‘FREE WILL’ to restore and re-establish our relationship with Him.

Our God is a Triune God. God is three Identities or Persons, but One God. God’s pre-determined plan was to step into time in the second person of Jesus Christ, our One and Only Redeemer. God, the Father, put His Holy Spirit on Jesus Christ, the Son. Jesus was the full image of God inside a fully human man during His three-year ministry on earth. To satisfy God’s perfect system of justice, Jesus took all of mankind’s ‘sin-debt’ and nailed it to the cross at Calvary. To all who open their hearts to Jesus and believe in Him, He is our One and Only perfect substitutional ‘sacrificial lamb’ who died for us at the very last Passover celebration. On the third day, He rose from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven. Our past, present, and future sins are all forgiven through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. Jesus fulfilled the old testament law and began a new covenant (testament) during the initiation of His Lord’s supper.

Unlike Adam and Eve, we are born into this world with a human sin nature. This nature, in itself, is powerless without the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. Upon accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He comes to dwell inside of each believer. The Holy Spirit is our Spiritual guide. He is our instructor and interpreter of the Word of God. He is our ‘moral compass’ throughout life! The Bible is God’s instruction manual for life at its very best!

With Holy God’s perfect plan in place for mankind, we have, only, ourselves to blame at the judgment seat of Jesus Christ if we make the ‘eternal’ wrong choice.

Luke 22:19-20 says, “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.'” 

1 Cor 15:28 says, And when all things have been subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will be made subject to Him who put all things under Him, so that God may be all in all. 

1 John 4:4 … the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Blessings in His unlimited grace,

Deborah Mac Manes, a disciple of Jesus Christ <><

 

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