The Kingdom of God Before
After the Fall of Man
God, In The Beginning
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the "Word was God" [Joh 1:1].
"I have sworn by myself, the "Word" is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear" [Isa 45:23].
"The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God" [Psa 14:1].
Established Existence of God:
God always was and always will be in existence. God is a self-subsisting, all-powerful, all-knowing, omniscient, all mighty and a jealous God. God's kingdom is from everlasting to everlasting; from all time to eternity will God exist. No one or nothing will ever change this truth. He made all things and without him was not anything made that was made. God had already planned the existence of all things, all things past, all things present and all things future. He controls the very existence of life. Establish your faith in God. Amen!
God's Heavenly Kingdom consisted of His subsistence and his created beings called Angels of which includes Michael and Gabriel, Cherubim, Seraphim etc. These entities were obedient servants of God. When God created his Angels, He created in them emotion and a free will to allow them the choice to freely love, worship and obey His commands. All of the Angels were obedient to God during this period in time.
"I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things" [Isa 45:7].
Lucifer in the Beginning
When God created Lucifer, he was beautiful and perfect in his creation. God exalted him to a "high status" among His angels. In heaven, Lucifer was a prominent angel. God named him Lucifer, which means, "bringing light" and also called him, "son of the morning." God granted Lucifer great authority in heaven and also gave Lucifer planet earth, to rule over and to have as his very own kingdom. Lucifer had the freedom to go back and forth from earth to heaven and heaven back to earth.
Seven proofs that Lucifer was a Ruler of Men.
They are called "nations" here, [goy], translated, [gentiles, nation, nations, people, and heathen, hundreds of times and never translated angels.] The nations he ruled over and weakened then must have been made up of men. No statement regarding angels or spirit beings of any kind living on the earth can be found in Scripture. Angels of Satan are spoken of as "stars of heaven," indicating that they were originally created to be God's subjects in heaven and not Lucifer's on earth [Rev 12 1-12]. (1st-proof)
The only statement in Scripture that causes some to stumble over the idea of "pre-Adamites" being men is [1st Cor 15:45], where it speaks of the first man Adam; but this could be understood by realizing that he was created the first of this present race of "spiritual men."
It should never be taken to mean that Adam was the first being who ever lived on planet earth, for others, even nations made up of men, mortal beings capable of being drowned in a flood, operated in a social system before Lucifer's time and prior to the creation of Adam. (2nd-proof)
Jeremiah confirms the fact that men, not angels, inhabited the earth before Adam, for in his description of the chaotic earth he says there was "no man." In the time before Adam and chaos, men lived in cities and in fruitful places on earth like men of today, so they must have eaten food and been mortal as we are today [Jer 4:23-26]. (3rd-proof)
Ezekiel also confirms that fact that they were people [goy, as in point one, above], and were ruled by kings. Both terms are used [Eze 28:11-19]. (4th-proof)
Peter indicates that the pre-Adamites were mortal beings, for they could be drowned. The "world" [Greek-kosmos, translated, social order], that then was [before Adam's day], being overflowed with water perished: but the heavens and the earth which are now [since the 6 days work], "are kept in store reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men...we look for new heavens and new earth wherein dwells righteousness" [2nd Pet 3:5-13]. (5th-proof)
Moses confirms this further by revealing the fact of the flood which caused the pre-Adamites to be drowned [Gen 1:2]. (6th-proof) the "7th proof" is further on.
Nine Facts About Lucifer:
He was cast out of heaven. (1st-fact)
If Lucifer fell from heaven, he must have been cast out, and if cast out, he must have ascended to heaven in the first place to be cast out. There was some reason for him to go there and to not stay there after he got there therefore it must of been a forced and bodily casting out, a departure because of superior power and forces. [Isa 14:12] and [Luk 10:18].
He was cut down to the ground. (2nd-fact)
This was the reason he did not remain in heaven; the Hebrew word, "gada," to fell a tree; destroy anything; cut down; cut off; cut asunder. Lucifer was forcibly intercepted in his invasion of heaven, and was defeated and cast down as a tree being felled by the woodsman. He was cut down to the ground; he found himself back on earth he ascended from and which he ruled before his fall and invasion of heaven. [Isa 14:12], [Luk 10:18], [Isa 9:10, 15:2, 22:25, 45:2]
He had already weakened the nations. (3rd-fact)
This means that before his invasion of heaven he had weakened the nations of earth over whom he had ruled since the creation of the earth and it's inhabitants. It was in a time period before Adam's creation where earth [dry land] was overflowed with water and all therein perished. But the heavens and the earth "which are now" [since God's 6 days work of [Gen 1:3, 2:25] are kept in store reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men...we look for new heavens and new earth wherein dwells righteousness. [Isa 14:12, Eze 28:11-17]
"I will ascend into heaven." (4th-fact)
This is one of the things that Lucifer said in his heart when planning to overthrow God in heaven. According to [Col 1:15-18], thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers, visible and invisible, were created in heaven and the earth, which shows the establishment of kingdoms in many places in the heavens, on other planets, besides the earth. Lucifer was given dominion of the earth and worked deceitfully to get other angelic rulers to follow him in his war against God. Not only did Lucifer's own earthy, mortal subjects rebel, but over 1/3 of God's angels, for there are that many still with Satan to be finally cast down to earth in the future tribulation [Rev 12:1-12].
"I will exalt my throne above the stars of God" [Isa 14:13]. (5th-fact)
This statement not only proves that Lucifer's plan was to invade heaven, dethrone God, and become the supreme ruler of all creations, but it shows that he already was a ruler. If he had a throne he had a kingdom and he himself was a king; he had subjects to rule over and there must have been a location for the kingdom. Who were his subjects? The pre-Adamite men of point three, above; and his kingdom was located on the earth, as seen in point seven.
"I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north" [Isa 14:13]. (6th-fact)
Lucifer was not satisfied to sit on his own throne, but wanted to sit also on God's throne to be worshipped as the Supreme Sovereign of all creation. This gives the location or direction of heaven; north of the earth, and reveals the fact that there is a congregation of saints or holy beings who gather for worship of God. In [Psa 75:6-7], it speaks of promotion coming, not from the east, west, or south, but from the Lord; so according to this also, the Lord and heaven are in the north.
"I will ascend above the heights of the clouds" [Isa 14:14]. (7th-fact)
This settles the matter regarding the location of Lucifer's kingdom, before Adam's time. It had to be under the planet heaven, or Lucifer could not have determined in his heart to ascend into heaven, it had to be under the stars of God or he could not have determined to exalt his throne above them, it had to be under the clouds that surround the earth or he could not have determined to ascend above them [Isa 14:13, 14].
Though a kingdom could be located many places under heaven and under the stars, it could not be under the clouds of earth without being on earth. This should convince us that Lucifer had an earthly kingdom, not an heavenly one, and that his subjects were earthly, not heavenly. Further more, since angels and other spirit beings are not constituted like the beings created to live on the earth, we must conclude that they were not the earthly subjects of Lucifer's kingdom.
The fact that angels of Satan are now confined to the heavens surrounding the earth is proof that they no longer are fit to reside in heaven and the fact that they will be confined eternally in a hell beneath the earth, proves that they sinned in connection with the earth and Lucifer's program of invading heaven from the earth [Mat 25:41].
"I will be like the most high" [Isa 14:14]. (8th-fact)
This was the central idea around which revolved all the sinful and rebellious activities of Lucifer. It is a noble trait to be desirous of being like God or imitating Him in His consecration to the highest good of all; but to transgress the laws of God and the central aim of such consecration, to become selfish and devoted to a life of self-gratification at the expense of the highest good of being and the universes, is the greatest of all crimes among free moral agents.
Lucifer wanted to become like God at the expense of God and all who opposed him; and this was extreme sinfulness against God and nature. It was by this appeal to be like God that Eve was deceived. Christ came to imitate God among men, and to set an example of true God; likewise, that of being like God in consecration to the good of all, not for the goal of self-gratification, thus He repeatedly declared the true nature of consecration and godliness.
"You shall be brought down to hell" [Isa 14:15]. (9th-fact)
This will be the final doom of Satan and all that follow him. [Isa 14:15, Mat 25:21, Rev 20:10]
Lucifer ruled planet earth prior to his invasion of heaven, prior to the first great flood which destroyed his kingdom and all life, and prior to the creation of Adam [Gen 1:2, 2nd Pet 3:5-8].
The Invasion of Heaven:
If, God is "all knowing" and "all-powerful" then it would be safe to say, He knew Lucifer was planning to rebel and if God knew that Lucifer was planning to rebel then He knew that Lucifer in the end, would become Satan, His number one enemy and adversary. God was prepared!
God revealed, to his angels, his plan to create man a little lower in status than the angels however, God would place him a little higher in importance than His angels. God wanted to have communion, intimate fellowship and a way to enjoy the creation of His "material world" through the instrumentality [members, body] of man. [Heb 2:7], [Rom 6:13, 19]
Well, Lucifer did not appreciate God's plan. He did not appreciate the fact that God was going to place man in a little higher position of importance than himself and the angels. Lucifer became very jealous of God and the soon to be created man called Adam: therefore, he became prideful and fearful that he would eventually lose his position and status in heaven and on earth. Lucifer had taken pride in being the most exalted angel in God's Kingdom but now he wasn't sure anymore. Lucifer was no longer satisfied with his own kingdom now he wanted God's Kingdom as well. Lucifer began plotting and planning his strategy.
Lucifer was trying to influence the other angelic beings into believing that it was wrong for God to create spiritual man in a position of higher importance than themselves. Lucifer influenced 1/3 of God's angels to join him in his rebellion to thwart God's plan in the creation of spiritual man. Lucifer believed, that with the help of these influenced angels, he could overtake God's Kingdom and claim it for himself and stop the creation of spiritual man.
God knew [all knowing], that there was a conspiracy to take His Power and His Throne, so God confronted Lucifer. This confrontation made Lucifer so angry that a fierce battle broke out between Lucifer and God. Lucifer pursued his rebellion with passion. Lucifer and his cohorts tried unsuccessfully to overcome God and His army of Angels led by Archangel Michael. They were out witted and the battle was so devastating that it shook the heavens and the earth. Lucifer with his angels could not, and would never, prevail over God's awesome power. Father God will reign for an eternity. Amen!
Lucifer Banished from the Kingdom of Heaven:
Lucifer and his entourage were all captured and brought before the throne of God in judgment for their rebellion. They would receive their punishment for their anarchy, greed and pride. Lucifer and his entourage were "cast out of heaven into and around planet earth" and are now waiting for the end of their existence when they will finally be cast into the lake of fire and the bottomless pit forever. Due to their non-repented attitude, they were all banished from the kingdom of God, heaven and would never again be a partaker of God's grace. They were now under God's Judgment.
God prevailed and always will prevail, no one or anything will ever take God's throne away. Lucifer was no longer welcomed in heaven; he lost his status in heaven and was no longer called "Lucifer" and no longer called "son of the morning." Lucifer will now be known as Satan, which means adversary, deceiver, contrary, accuser of the brethren and enemy of God. Yes, Satan had become God's ultimate enemy, living in darkness with an intense hatred for God and his children. Satan will never stop trying to overthrow God but, we all know he can not and will not ever win over our Almighty God.
God totally destroyed Lucifer's pre-Adam race of men and his kingdom here on earth causing the earth to become desolate, void and totally under water. Satan is now committed to pursuing the Throne of God with vengeance and with passion. Satan still wants to be exalted and worshiped above God, at any cost.
Satan continues to deceive his entourage of "fallen angels" and his worshippers here on earth into thinking that they will eventually win over God and take His Throne for themselves. Lucifer [Satan] and his fallen angels are cast out of heaven into and around areas close to planet Earth. It is not known just exactly how much time elapsed between [Gen 1:1] & [Gen 1:2] & [Gen 1:3].
"New Heavens and a New Earth"
Re-Creation of Planet Earth:
After Lucifer.s kingdom was totally destroyed wherein all perished, planet earth laid dormant for some period in time. The length of time of this dormancy is not known but it was a long time.
We are about to realize a great manifestation of God's awesome power in the preparation of planet earth for the habitation of the first "spiritual man'" Adam.
"And the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" [Gen 1:2].
The Six Days Creation: On the first day, God said "let there be light and there was light." God saw the light, said it was good. God then, divided the light from the darkness; the light he called day and the darkness he called night and it was done as He saw fit to command it so [Gen 1:3-5].
On the second day, God commanded the earth to bring forth a firmament [atmosphere, heaven, and space] in the midst of the waters to divide the waters from the waters.
On the third day, God said, let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land [earth, continents] appear and it was so. God commanded the earth to bring forth all plant life, vegetation, fruit, grass and trees and it was so.
On the forth day, God made the sun, moon and the stars. These lights were to be used to, divide night and day, for four seasons, to calculate time and to divide the light from the darkness. These lights in the heaven would also be used for signs and wonders.
On the fifth day, God commanded the great seas to bring forth-living creatures in abundance and commanded the birds to reproduce and to fly in the expanse of the sky.
On the sixth day, God said "let the earth bring forth all the living creatures after their own kind" [Gen 1:21]. At this point, God would create the most important entity in His plan of creation, Spiritual Man! "And God said, let Us [the Trinity, Godhead the Father, Godhead the Son and Godhead the Holy Spirit] make man in our image and likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth" [Gen 1:26].
"So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them" [Gen 1:27].
"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" [Gen 2:7].
So, God took dust of the earth and created "Adam" [Red and Earthy]. When God was through forming Adam, He breathed the Breath of Life [spirit] into his nostrils thus creating a life named Adam.
Upon completion of his creation, Adam was body, soul and spirit; his spirit was in communion with God and his soul was being nurtured through that communion; his soul was totally dependent upon both Spirit and Body for his purpose, self-worth and significance. Adam was a spirit being with a soul in a body; created in the image and likeness of God [Gen 1:26-27].
God's creation of Adam was for a divine purpose that was to go beyond man he. God desired that man be a man after His own heart. Through intimate communion, God wanted to secure all of His rights through man's instrumentality. The fulfillment of His purpose was to be and only could have been accomplished through the obedience of His creation.
God made Adam with a spirit inside to commune with and a body outside to have contact with the material world. Adam was unique, in that he was a living soul with powers of choice. Adam also had personality and was a self-conscious, self-expressing being. Adam was perfect in his creation but, Adam was not yet perfected nor yet fully oriented to "his purpose." Adam was, so to speak, morally neutral, he was neither sinful nor holy. He was innocent because he had no knowledge of good or evil. Adam at this time was totally dependent upon God, and was obedient to God.
Adam was put into the Garden of Eden to live an obedient life unto God [Gen 2:8]. God planted this garden especially to feed and to house Adam. Adam was to tend the garden for God and was to begin to know the divine purpose that he was created for.
The Garden of Eden:
"And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed" [Gen 2:8].
"And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it" [Gen 2:15].
God loved Adam; he was perfect in his creation. God went on to plant a garden in Eden, which grew every kind of beautiful tree for Adam to look at and every kind of edible vegetation, for Adam's food. God now brought forth a river in Eden that separated into four sources of water [rivers] out of the ground to water this "Garden of Eden" and other places. This garden was beautiful, perfect in every way to house and feed Adam. God placed Adam into this Garden and told him to dress it and to take care of all that was in the garden. Adam's purpose right now was to give names to all the living entities that God had created for him. Adam joyfully cared for God's garden paradise and God lovingly cared for and nurtured Adam.
"And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a help meet for him" [Gen 2:20].
"And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made a woman, and brought her unto the man" [Gen 2:21,22].
God caused Adam to fall into a "deep" [anesthetic] sleep, took one of his ribs, [marrow] closed up his wound and made woman while Adam remained asleep. When Adam awoke, God presented him with his new bride. God had given woman to Adam to be a companion and a helpmeet while living in and tending to such a beautiful garden.
Adam was no longer lonely. Adam decided to call his wife Eve that means [living, enlivening, mother of all living]. After Eve was formed, God instructed her not to eat of the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil" that was in the middle of the garden or she too as well as Adam, would surely die.
"And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth" [Gen 1:28].
God told Adam and Eve to "replenish" [re-supply] the earth. Why would God's Word use the term replenish if it wasn't inhabited in the past period of time? God told Adam to replenish the earth, not replenish heaven or some other planet. He told Noah to do the same thing "1656" years later [Gen 9:1]. According to this, it is as reasonable to believe that the earth was plenished before Adam's time as it is to accept that it was plenished before Noah's.
Furthermore, the command to replenish means to do so with their own kind, men and this indicates the kind of inhabitants, which the earth had in the first place. Adam and his race can only reproduce their own kind [Gen 1:11, 6:20]. (7th Proof)
Webster's Essential American Family Dictionary defines "Replenish" as:
(A) To make full or complete again.
(B) To become full or complete again.
While living in this Garden Paradise, Adam and Eve enjoyed a loving relationship with God and with each other. Adam and Eve were very much in love and they loved God. God provided every good thing to Adam and Eve, they where being nurtured and loved deeply by God. At this point, Adam and Eve had been obedient to God and were living a very healthy life in this Garden Paradise and they had no shame. I can only imagine just how great, wonderful and fulfilling their life must have been.
The Seventh Day:
"Thus, the heavens and the earth were finished and the entire host of them" [Gen 2:1].
"And on the seventh day, God ended his work, which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all his work which He had made" [Gen 2:2].
.And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all work which God created and made. [Gen 2:3].
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy" [Exo 20:8].
God planted a number of trees in this garden however, "in the midst" of the garden in a place of special prominence God planted two very special trees, the "Tree of Life" and in the middle of the garden the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil." [Gen 2:8-9] What could the meaning of these two trees be? What could these two trees represent?
The meaning and representation is simple. These two trees represent two very deep principles; two planes of life...the divine and the human. The "Tree of Life" is God himself; the fruit of this tree is no other than Jesus Christ the Word. "The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil" is none other than Satan himself; the fruit of this tree is "sin and death." God commanded Adam not to eat from this tree or he would surely die. But what death? Is it a physical death? No, it would be a spiritual death, as we shall see.
These two trees were planted to serve a very important purpose in the future development of man. The reason why God planted those two trees was to allow Adam to exercise his powers of choice: to choose between two very different ways of life. Adam could choose the "Tree of Life" or he could choose the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil." If Adam chose the "Tree of Life" he would live forever, partaking of the divine life; a life as a son of God in the sense, that he would have in him a life that derived from God; living in constant dependence upon God for that very life. If Adam chose the way of the Spirit he would remain a Son of God for an eternity. But, if he should turn the other way and eat from the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil" he would then, develop his own manhood along natural lines apart from God. By taking this natural course he could put the finishing touch to himself, as it were, by becoming a self-dependent being, judging and acting independently of God. This choice would give Adam the power within himself, to form independent judgment and the ability to be a self-sufficient being, but he would have no life from God. The history of humanity has been the outcome of the choice he made.
The Fatal Mistake of Adam:
On this particular day, Satan was casually hanging around the tree of the knowledge of good and evil just waiting for an opportunity to pounce on God's creation of spiritual man. Satan has been very angry with God ever since he and his entourage were cast out of heaven, into earth and other places around planet earth, forever banished from the Kingdom Heaven.
Satan saw Adam and Eve approaching the tree; this was the moment that he, with all his craftiness, was waiting for, this was his chance to thwart God's Devine purpose for mankind. Satan watched as Eve walked closer and closer to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Satan knew that Eve was a vulnerable person and that she had a vulnerable state of mind. As Eve walked closer to the tree, Satan lured her into a conversation. Satan speaking to her through the form of a serpent asked, "Yea, hath God said ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden" [Gen 3:1]? Eve thought for a moment, then replied, "we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ye shall not eat of it neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die" [Gen 3:2]. However, it would be a spiritual death totally separated from God.
Satan then said to her "you shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil" [Gen 3:5]. Eve was now perplexed and didn.t really know what to think or believe. Satan was telling Eve that if she ate the fruit of this tree her mind would be opened to the knowledge of God. She thought about this for a second or two, then looked at the tree and it.s fruit. When Eve looked over at the tree and it's fruit she was already believing what Satan had said to her. She also thought that if this fruit would give her the knowledge of God then it must be good because God was good. She was even more convinced of this when she saw that the tree was delightful to look at. The scriptures also reads "and a tree to be desired to make one wise." Eve wanted to be as wise as God and "when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat" [Gen 3:6].
Adam Had Two Choices:
Two very different planes of life was now set before Adam; that of a divine life in dependence upon God, and that of human life with it's "independent resources." Adam, "and gave also unto her husband with her; and he," decided to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Here it was the fatal mistake of Adam!
Consequence of Adam's Choice:
Satan had beguiled and successfully deceived Eve but Adam, now, that's another story all together. Adam knew what he was doing but what could have been his motive for partaking of the sinful tree? Satan never even spoke to Adam and we must remember that Adam and Eve had a free will; they had all the tools to obey God, but they chose not to obey; why?
Satan spoke to Eve because she was vulnerable and Adam was not. Satan believed he could get to Adam through, vulnerable, Eve. Satan knew that Adam truly loved his wife very much. Satan, being very clever, believed that if Eve ate of the forbidden fruit so would Adam; and if they did "eat there of" he would once again regain control over mankind as he did during the pre-Adamite race of man and would also regain dominion over planet earth. Once again, Satan would try to cause mankind to worship him above God and try to take God.s Throne away.
When Adam and Eve ate the fruit of this tree "their eyes were opened," they realized they were naked and that they were now guilty of sin. At that instant they lost everything. Adam and Eve lost their innocence, purity, righteousness, direct communion with God, dominion over their world and became separated from God; they were now scared and were under a death sentence and they somehow knew it because they ran and tried to hide from God. God "walking in the garden" called out to Adam saying, Adam where art thou? Adam comes out of hiding unto God and tells God "I heard thy voice in the garden and I was afraid, because I was naked and I hid myself." God's reply was "who told you, you were naked?" then God asked, "did you eat of the tree, which I told you not to eat of?" Adam was now confronted.
Adam being confronted would answer God in this way, "the woman whom thou gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I did eat." Adam blamed Eve and he also blamed God. After God heard Adam blaming Eve, God looked over at Eve and asked "what is this thing that thou hast done." Now its Eve's turn to blame; "the serpent beguiled me and I did eat" Eve blamed the serpent [Satan]. Now, God turns to the serpent and said, "because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle and above every beast of the field, upon thy belly shall thou go and dust shall thou eat all the days of thy life." Then God said, "and I will put enmity animosity, hatred, hostility and ill will between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed, it shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel" [Gen 3:1-15].
Adam chose the independent life apart from God, a choice that was sin because he chose to develop his manhood apart from God. His decision put him in alliance with Satan opposing the eternal purpose of God. His choice involving complicity with Satan brought himself under the judgment of God.
Adam was no longer innocent, no longer morally neutral, for he was now sinful. The consequence of his sinful choice was death because he did not have in him, the divine life necessary to realize God's purpose in his being. Adam became an independent agent of the enemy therefore the consequence was death. He became an equal heir with Satan, no longer would he be welcomed into the Kingdom of God.
Banishment and Paradise Lost:
Before I go any further, I would like to remind you that God is a God of love, discipline, holiness, righteousness and is a jealous God.
God spoke to Eve saying, "I will greatly multiply thy sorrow, and thy conception in sorrow thou shall bring forth children, and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee" [Gen 3:16].
God being morally compelled to withdraw Himself from the care and the nurturing of Eve, as well as Adam, turned all care and nurturing over to Adam. Eve would now be submissive to her husband for her care, welfare and her desires. It will no longer be God like it was before when she desired to be like God.
Adam, rather than God, would now be responsible for the care and welfare of both her and himself. Eve was now subordinate to her husband not God as it was before the fall of Adam. When God said "multiply thy sorrows" to Eve, He was saying that she would have pain in childbirth and her emotions and feelings would begin to cause her emotional pain, to include the knowledge of evil and the effects of the Adam nature.
The sinful nature would now be reproduced from birth to birth, from mother to son and mother to daughter. Each child would now be born into a world of sin and would become sinful in the eyes of God. To Adam, God said "because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, thou shall not eat of it, cursed is the ground for thy sake, in sorrow shall thou eat of it all the days of thy life" [Gen 3:17].
Adam was informed that, because he loved his wife more than his obedience to God and did eat the fruit, then he would have to grow his own food. It also meant that Adam, while eating his food would be sorrowful for all the hard work he would have to endure just to survive; all this, because of what he had done.
Out of an act of love, God made warm clothing from skins to clothe Adam and Eve; and then sent them out from the garden to be banished from it forever.
Adam and Eve were now totally separated from God. Adam was now in total independent control of his and Eve.s lives. Eve was now to have her husband as her main desire and to go wherever Adam would go. They no longer had access to the Tree of Life,
"Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the Tree of Life, and eat, and live forever" [Gen 3:22].
"Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken" [Gen 3:23].
God "placed Cherubim and a flaming sword, which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life" [Gen 3:24].
Adam was now self-sufficient, possessing in himself the power to form independent judgments and would forever seek self worth by other means with no help or life from God. It was clearly Adam's fault for the fall of spiritual man, and God was upset about this fact, the fact that His created man chose death rather than life. Mankind was now doomed to endure much sorrow with each passing generation because along with the "gain of knowledge so also gain of sorrow and suffering" [Ecc 1:18].
The Adam Nature:
Adams' choice to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil morally compelled God to withdraw himself from Adam thus, bringing about a state of affairs that would effect the entire human race; man was no longer nurtured by God. Man became a body dominated by his soul, a self-life separated from God. Once again, a barrier was created between man and God, who until it is removed, renders God morally unable to defend man.
This barrier is the soul-life, the Adam nature we inherited from birth; a life controlled by the influences of Satan and the impulse to sin. The Adam Nature is a self-life lived and controlled by the impulses of the soul, dictated by emotions, desires and feelings of self-worth apart from God; a soul-life, which is a selfish life, lived through independent resources and judgments. The Adam nature is dominated by Satan and mans own selfish desires.
We were all born of Adam therefore we are all sinners separated from God at birth, equally dominated by Satan, equally subject to the law of sin and death and equally deserving of the wrath of God. We all possess the Adam nature therefore we have fallen short of the glory of God. What is in us by nature is a self-life, subject to the law of sin and death and a selfish desire to live as we see fit, however the end thereof is death.
Once again, Satan trapped man through Adam into taking a course whereby, he himself could develop the very soul of man. Once again, Satan would derive, through man's soul, his very spring of life. Satan had now became heir to the soul of man and man was now living a sinful life apart from God.
Adam must of really loved his wife to be willing to die with and for her; maybe he had the same kind of love Jesus has for His Church of adopted sons and daughters, or maybe the love of someone [friend, good Samaritan] who gives his or her life to save another human being, giving no thought to his or her own welfare which is a totally unselfish deed.
We are sinners not because of what we have done but because of what Adam had done. We possess the Adam nature, the self-life that does not glorify God [Rom 3:23]. The Adam nature received the consequence of death because it is a nature dominated by Satan, the adversary of God. Like Adam, we command knowledge, have powers of choice and are self-sufficient in our being.
God is a holy and righteous God and will not condone sinful behavior. Because of Adam, all became sinners; no one is righteous in this world, no not one [Rom 3:10] and we all fall short of the Glory of God [Rom 3:23].
Law of God:
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal through Jesus Christ our Lord" [Rom 6:23].
God established His Law because, "Law is the knowledge of sin" [Rom 3:20]. When we realize there is sin in our lives, we become guilty before God [Rom 3:3-4], we also come under judgment and find we have broken God's law, which carries the penalty of death [Rom 6:23].
The Awakened Conscious:
When sin came into the world it found expression in an act of disobedience to God [Rom 5:19]. Sin caused a separation between God and man, a barrier whereby God no longer had fellowship and communion with man. This barrier between man and God gave rise to a sense of guilt of estrangement from God. An awakened conscious allows man to say "I have sinned" [Luk 15:18]. Sin provides Satan with a ground for accusation before the Throne of God, while our inward sense of guilt, gives him a ground for accusation in our heart, which is our [subconscious mind]. Satan is "the accuser of the brethren" who now says "you have sinned" [Rev 12:10]. Something has to be done about this sin, guilt and Satan.s charge against us and his control of death of our soul in hell.
Thank God for Jesus Christ who took the keys of hell and death away from Satan. God has provided a way for everyone to receive forgiveness of sin, release from guilt and to receive the power to overcome the accuser of the brethren. Through the precious blood Jesus Christ shed for all on the cross at Calvary we now have God's grace extended to us. We are now able to receive our release from the law of sin and death and Satan's charge against us.
When Adam allied himself with Satan, in opposition to God's eternal purpose, all of mankind was separated from God because of his act of disobedience. Man with his Adam nature, became more sinful from generation to generation and was doomed to be forever lost. Satan trapped man into taking a path whereby man became more and more estranged from God; living in spiritual darkness, not unlike the "Dark Ages." Even though God was morally compelled to withdraw his presence from man, He did not forsake His creation.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" [Joh 1:1].
"The same was in the beginning with God" [Joh 1:2].
"All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made" [Joh 1:3].
"In Him was life; and the life was the light of men" [Joh 1:4].
Christ was with God before the foundations of the world waiting for the fulfillment of God.s holy and eternal purpose. God's eternal purpose in creation was, and still is, in redemption, to make Christ his only begotten Son, the first born among many glorified sons and daughters. God originally intended to begin the fulfillment of his eternal purpose with Adam but Adam chose a self-life independent of God rather than the divine life as a Son of God.
Man, being separated from God, needed to be redeemed from Satan, sin and death so that, God's eternal purpose could be fulfilled within him. Christ remained with God until the right time before coming into the World to redeem man and to reconcile him to God. God loved his creation of man so much that, at the right time, He would send his only Begotten Son into the world to be a propitiation for the sin of man.
The Precious Blood:
God's purpose in creation has always been "the Glory of God" [Rom 3:23]. God's eternal purpose and his plan to make Christ the first born among a coming race of glorified sons and daughters was initiated at Calvary. When Jesus shed His blood at Calvary we were given the opportunity to be reconciled back into the Kingdom of God and to receive forgiveness for our sinful nature and our sinful behavior.
By the "Grace of God" through faith in Christ Jesus, man has once again been given access to the "Tree of Life," to become a child of God and to receive the gift of eternal life [Joh 3:16], Praise God! Listen to what Jesus stated in [Joh 14:6] "I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me."
In that passage the key word is "by." According to Webster's dictionary the word "by" is referenced and defined as follows "in conformity to, with the witness or sanction of, according to, with respect to or in or to the amount or extent of."
In order to get a good in-depth understanding of these definitions we must come to the spiritual understanding of what "the way, the truth and the life" means. What Jesus was actually saying was, we must come unto the Father the same way Jesus has come unto His Father. We must be crucified and die [Adam nature, self or flesh], buried through [Baptism], resurrected [in Christ] and ascension into Heaven [chariots to Heaven, rapture or caught up to Jesus when He returns in His second coming or when our flesh dies] to finally be brought before the judgment seat of Lord God.
Therefore, "by me" simply means...death, burial, resurrection, and ascension into Heaven to be with Godhead the Father, Godhead the Son Jesus Christ and Godhead the Holy Spirit living and worshiping God in the spirit forever and ever.
Be very thankful that we have been reconciled to God through the shed blood of crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ to the right hand of Godhead the Father. Remember that Jesus died on the cross for us and "He now has the keys of hell and of death" [Rev 1:18]. Amen!
Different temptations appeal to different people with varying degrees of intensity. What might be a stumbling block to me might not be a stumbling block to my neighbor. This is one of the reasons Christ taught us not to judge another's actions or reactions. We can not appreciate their dilemma because we do not know the problems, trials or tribulations that plagues our neighbors but, be assured that all Christians have these kinds of problems. If we chart our own weaknesses and practice self-honesty as to the flaws in our own character then, much of our problem will be eliminated.
Most temptation, contrary to popular belief, does not just lie in wait to pounce upon us, but actually, temptation is something we are compelled to seek out, due to flaws in our character. For example, the philander will always have a succession of romantic advances towards him because he subconsciously creates those situations. There is only one way to conquer the compulsion to seek out temptation, one way to stop sabotaging ourselves and only one way to conquer when we are being tempted, that is, the scriptural command to "Flee from it". To often, we just crawl away, hoping that temptation will overcome itself.
The secret to successfully living the Christian life of temperance is, to chart your weaknesses and avoid those areas in which you are most vulnerable. Often times we stumble upon a tempting situation, however, in retrospect, in situations such as these it may be necessary to "Flee." This is what Joseph had to do when Potiphars wife tried to seduce him.
Sometimes, when people don't flee in situations such as temptation, they find themselves being seduced beyond their control and end up in sin or their resistance to the temptation becomes so overwhelming that emotional pain takes its toll. The "Wisdom of Christ" is the only true principal that allows sure success and victory in times like these.
Much of our happiness or unhappiness depends upon our ability to handle temptation, instead of letting it handle us. Robert Louis Stevenson said, "we are condemned to some nobility," the bible says "the wages of sin is death" [Rom 6:23]. God has created us with the ability and desire for greatness and nobility. If we stifle that drive our life becomes shattered and dissipated, therefore, we must cultivate the nobility that moves us from the realm of animalism to the realm of divinity, into the "Mind of Christ."
Self-surrender and "Christ Control" lead to a life of sovereign power, the power unto salvation. Self-surrender, is our will; Christ control is God's will. The fruit of the Spirit, in all nine poignant portraits, unlocks for us the riches of the Christ-centered personality [Gal 5:22-25]; this is "Christ Control," the power to overcome temptation.
However, a countless number of people have turned to prescribed medications or illegal drugs to suppress their emotional pain and guilt. Satan has blinded millions of people from the knowledge of true victory; the victory that can only be found in Christ Jesus.
Keys to Victory:
The Apostle Paul gave us the key to the victorious life, "But Put On The Lord Jesus Christ And Make Not Provision For The Flesh" [Rom 13:14]. When we put on Christ, we have all the wisdom necessary to overcome temptation. How do we acquire this overcoming wisdom of Christ? It may sound trite to simply say "pray about it" but, my brothers and sisters, there is power in prayer; wonder working power. Prayer is the most effective method of tapping into the wisdom and power that exists in great reservoir of the unconscious mind where the conscious mind of Christ dwells. To put on Christ, simply means, to let what is in your unconscious mind filter over into your conscious mind. Effective prayer allows this process to begin and to continue.
In effective prayer, there must be humility, the relinquishment of self-desires, and the absolute knowledge of helplessness. Self-Surrender [die to self] is the key to effective prayer. When the attitude is, "I can do nothing of my own" then, and only then, can we begin to receive the mind of Christ in a glorious way. When this attitude pervades the unconscious mind, the result is serenity and clarity of thought which makes right decisions not only possible, but also almost inevitable.
Even Dr. Freud observed that, "intelligence can function reliably only when removed from the influence of strong emotional force. "Therefore, effective prayer can and will draw us away from the strong emotional pull of temptation and put us in touch with that source of all intelligence, "the mind of Christ." Through the power of prayer these strong desires give way to God's will and His ultimate purpose in our lives. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally" [Jam 1:5]. Apostle Paul gives us one of those sobering truths with such utter simplicity it staggers us. Paul simply says, "and be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the spirit" [Eph 5:18]. As intoxicating wine has sway over the body, so does the "Mind of Christ" have sway over our mind. Paul believed and preached that, when one is so absorbed with the Spirit, he is overpowered by a force greater than he is.
In other words, there is a higher plane of living as one is charged through the continual presence of God, through His indwelling Spirit. It becomes, not "self-control" but "Christ Control." This is the only way to rise above our own natures...up from the pit!
We Christians Must Bear Fruit:
"Herein is my Father glorified that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples" [Joh 15:8].
God has called us to do a work; this calling is for God's Purpose. God will do this work through us. Godhead the Holy Spirit will enable us to do this work for Him. The life of the Spirit is the desire and power to help others not just our brothers and sisters in Christ. We have been empowered by God's Holy Spirit to rebuild the souls that have been destroyed through the Adam nature and by darkness; Satan's darkness of spiritual blindness, lies, sin and death. The anointing power of the Holy Spirit will continue and will grow as long as we continue to abide in the vine. Jesus is that vine and we are the branches.
God's process known as pruning allows Himself to cultivate fruit in us necessary for seeking out lost souls. This pruning process is in forms like low points, dry spells, trials and tribulations. "Fruit of the Spirit" is necessary for the continued growth of our witnessing. Our faith allows God to cultivate this fruit within us according to His purpose. As long as we abide in the vine, exercise our faith and continue in God's will, growth of the fruit of the spirit is guaranteed.
"But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace' patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance: against such there is no law" [Gal 5:22 and 23].
The single most important evidence that Jesus is real to the non-believer is the fruit of the spirit. Even Christians look for fruit in other Christian lives. When people see this fruit in our lives they know that Jesus is real and alive within us. Sometimes, their spirit bears witness with our spirit and realizes this fruit to be true or not true. The Pharisees didn't have true fruit.
Abiding in the "True Vine," is the only way, growth and the manifestation of spiritual fruit can become reality in our lives. Jesus is a perfect example of the fruit that the Spirit can impart to our lives. God's Holy Spirit has this power and this power is ours when we continue to let His Spirit have His way in our lives. We, as Christians, are equal heirs with Christ Jesus therefore, this fruit and the power of the Spirit is available to us. Through the fruit will be able to do "greater works than these," as long as we abide in the vine [Joh 14:12].
Impact of Good Testimony:
As this fruit ripens in our lives, we will find that our testimony will have more authority and our witnessing will have more impact necessary for Christ to win souls to Himself through us. Remember that the Holy Spirit is perfect and His fruit is perfect. Therefore, by letting the Holy Spirit have His way in your lives, the manifestation of fruit is guaranteed and certain.
When God's grace was extended to us and when we accepted Christ as Lord of our lives, the spirit of our inward man was and is considered perfect in the eyes of God through Jesus Christ. Also, at that moment Christ's righteousness was imputed to us, however, our flesh may hinder the outward projection of this righteous inward man and the perfection of the Holy Spirit.
We as Christians must carry our cross and die daily to our flesh so that the light of God's perfect Holy Spirit can shine through us. We, by dying to self-daily, allow the Holy Spirit to cause the outward projection of the "new inward man;" necessary to do the work God has given us to do. As we continuously abide in the vine, God's grace will abound and will allow us the time to become more perfect in testimony and in witnessing for Christ Jesus.
We have been called to be "effective witnesses," for Jesus Christ. Effective witnessing is directly proportional to our fruition. Fruition is a direct manifestation of our abiding in the vine, which is a direct result from a life of prayer and faith. The daily prayer that continuously seeks the will of God will allow the Holy Spirit to do a mighty work. Paul said it best when he said...
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" [Rom 12:2].
Prayer that sincerely forgives others and seeks God's will on a daily basis will reassure us of the continuous cleansing by the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness of our sin by God. Sincere prayer and the application of our faith will cause us to, abide in the vine, cultivate the fruit of the Spirit, be effective witnesses for Christ and our testimony will be believable. Jesus said...
"Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me" [Joh 15:4].
"I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing" [Joh 15:5].
"Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples" [Joh 15:8].
The essence of a Christian is the fruit of the Spirit. Therefore, we must decrease and the Holy Spirit must increase; the Christ in us must increase if we are to bear fruit, "we then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain" [1st Cor 6:1].
Perverted grace or spiritual pride never produces effective spiritual cleansing, fruit of the Spirit or growth in Christ. We must sincerely appreciate God's grace in order to come to fruition for Christ. When fruit is not present in our lives our Christianity is questionable. God's grace allows us to make mistakes, however we must learn from our mistakes so that, our liberty in Christ is not lived in vain.
God extended his grace to us, so that we might produce the fruit of His Spirit, to become effective witnesses and to continually grow in power through His Holy Spirit. Once we have a proper understanding and an appreciation for God's grace then we can become effective witnesses for Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. With a proper understanding and appreciation of grace, God through us can extend His grace and gospel to others.
The walk of the Christian is the most important observation of a potential believer. Potential believers observe Christians closely, looking for mistakes and reasons to justify their disbelief. This is why, "fruit of the spirit" and the "whole armor" of God are so important. When we are steadfast in our faith and the fruit of the Holy Spirit shows in our daily journey, potential believers will take notice and may eventually become more and more curious about your faith. The potential believer may begin asking questions about your faith, Jesus and the Bible. There are times when the Adam nature or Satan will instigate an attack on your faith and criticize your walk with the Lord.
We must let the Holy Spirit lead us in answering their questions. Remember that God loved us while we were yet sinners therefore, we must love the potential believer while they are yet sinners. Whenever we love potential believers as God loved us we prove Jesus to be a loving and forgiving friend. We must show the love of Christ Jesus as we share our faith.
Hold firm to the doctrine of salvation but love and never try to force your beliefs on others, as this may cause a soul to remain lost. God never forces His Law or Grace on anyone and remember we love God because He first loved us [1st Joh 4:19]. So, love the potential believer right into salvation alley.
The sharing of our faith with love not "hellfire and brimstone" is God's chosen method of reaching the potential believer. I personally, would never use hellfire and brimstone to win over the potential believer, just, the truth of the Gospel; the "Good News" but let's not forget "for the wages of sin is death" [Rom 6:23]. Try to remember back when that certain someone shared his or her faith with you?
God truly desires that all would be saved, therefore we must truthfully share our faith with potential believers. We are Christians and as Christians we need to develop a burden in our hearts for the salvation of others. When we truly live for Jesus, this burden will change to an, "I want to do this" attitude within our hearts and the hope that others are saved will become a priority in our lives. By letting the Holy Spirit lead our conversation, their salvation will become a real possibility. We must reveal the Biblical truths to the potential believer during our conversation.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have ever-lasting life" [Joh 3:16].
"For all have sinned, [Adam Nature] and come short of the Glory of God" [Rom 3:23].
"And thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment" [Mar 12:30].
"And the second is like, namely this; Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these" [Mar 12:31].
"I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing" [Joh 15:5].
"If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered: and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned" [Joh 15:6].
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you" [Joh 15:7].
"Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God" [Luk 22:69].
"And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved" [Act 16:30]?
"And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall be saved, and thy house" [Act 16:31].
The shed sacrificial Blood of Christ Jesus on Calvary is the most important teaching of salvation, Christ Jesus was born, crucified, buried, raised from the dead by Godhead the Father and ascended into Heaven to be at the right hand of the power of God. To be saved, one must believe these truths of God's Word and invite Jesus Christ into one's heart.
We must not confuse people by leading them to believe that church membership, tithing or any good work has anything to do with their salvation; salvation is a gift from God. These precepts are separate from salvation; they are not conditions of salvation whatsoever, it is our love of God which causes us to tithe and do good works.
Plant the Mustard Seed of Faith:
Once you plant the seed of God's word, in the mind of the potential believer, then, God can go to work on the potential believer's heart. God's mercy, love, wisdom, and grace can surpass anything we can muster up ourselves, therefore, it is imperative that you let the Holy Spirit do the work upon the potential believer's heart and make sure that what you are saying, is in line with the Word of God.
"For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith" [Rom 12:3].
Every one of us should really seek the words of the Holy Spirit to share with the potential believer. The most important observation should be, "by example."
The potential believer has a free will to choose to accept or not accept, the truth, planted within their mind. Prayer for God's guidance in the potential believer's life is the only thing we can do to assist God in His calling and direction upon the person's soul. We should also be available to answer any questions the potential believer might have in reference to the salvation and conversion process.
A genuine concern for the soul of the person is of the utmost importance, especially in the continued growth of the seed of faith you've planted. As the Holy Spirit leads, invite the person to attend church services with you. We must not feel offended when we get turned down; we shall just continue to love the unbeliever right into salvation alley. Remember, do it with love "And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him" [1st Joh 4:16]. Sooner or later you just might find the potential believer changing his or her mind and will attend services with you.
When this "budding believer" takes his or her mustard seed of faith and decides to go to church services with you, do all you can to allow the person to feel comfortable, accepted and loved while in your church; help him or her to plant their mustard seed firmly into good soil and to keep the faith. We should also follow up with the person after church as well. A gentle spirit will do wonders for a new convert. God will even return some of the Glory to you for your service to God in acquiring a soul for Him.
As we sincerely seek God's will, the fruit of the Spirit will produce a genuine burden in our hearts for the salvation of others. When this happens, we will then be doing that perfect work which we have been called to do. Spreading the good news of the gospel is a blessing and an honorable work. May God bless each and every one of us as we serve Him without wavering.
"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" [Joh 8:32]. Amen!