The Three Adams (Part Three)

Continued from the last episode

Case Study Text:

“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.”
1 Cor 15:45 – 47 (KJV)

Furthermore, the man’s insatiable attachment to the physical environment beclouded his sense of reasoning that among the oodles of trees that bears numerous fruits in the Garden he couldn’t take to eat but the one he was advised not to take. Now let’s consider this, everything that God created complied with the law of obedience, which means as they were called out, they obeyed the voice of God and came into existence. When it gets to the turn of the man, God didn’t call the man out but formed him and made him a living being, therefore, the only way to be certified as God’s creation is for the man to comply by obeying the instruction that God gave him. It is important to note that everything that God called into existence emanated from the invisible, so for anything to take existence in the visible it must obey the voice of God, a failure to obey would mean that such a thing will not manifest visibly and physically (though there was none that didn’t obey God). As the man was not called but formed, to be confirmed as a creation of God it is necessary that he must undergo this process (Rom 8:14 – 15).

The consequence of failure of the man to obey God’s instruction is that he will become an outsider in God. God created the man in His own image but for the man to confirm himself as an image of God, he has to obey the voice of God as other things did. Again, the resultant effect of the failure of the man Adam to obey God is that he lost his right to exist as an image of God and as a result he starts to exist in his own image and gave birth to children in his own image not in the image of God (Gen 5:3). So, in the word of God is life, outside the word of God there is no life. Adam’s disobedience to the word of God eventually rendered him lifeless, though he was in existence but without life (Prov 4:20 – 23, Eph 2:5).

Notice that from the story of the creation in Genesis chapter one, there is only one negative word that appeared on it and that is darkness. This darkness was terminated by God as He began creating things. This is an indication that God never created anything negative, all that He created were declared good. In chapter two the word die occurred not as a direct creation of God, but as a byproduct of an action if taken. Which means inasmuch as the action is not taken the existence of death will not be known or established. Consequently, the manifestation or the creation of death lies in the hand of the activator. Just the same way God did not create sin; it comes into existence as a result of disobedience.

However, before we answer the question of why God created the tree of knowledge of good and evil, let’s start by answering the question of why God created the tree of life. We have seen that inherent in the tree of knowledge of good and evil is death, in the same way life is inherent in the tree of life. Therefore, the content of this fruit from the tree of life is life and not just life but life eternal; of which if Adam had eaten it, he would have been established in God. On the other hand the content of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil is death and not just death but death eternal and as Adam took it he received death and lost the opportunity of been planted in God. That resulted in a separation between him and God.

It is very clear now that the tree of life is the life that would have lighted the man Adam if he has taken it (Jn 1:4). Like I said earlier, inherent in the fruit of the tree of life is life and the manifestation of that life in one’s life comes with light. As Adam refused to take the fruit from the tree of life, he lost life and light never manifested in his life, which means that he dwelled in darkness all the days of his physical existence here on earth (Jn 1:5). One remarkable thing to note is this, if Adam had eaten the fruit from the tree of life, he would have received life and became immortal and at that state he will never die and whatever he takes again will not lead him to death (Gen 3:22 – 23). The fruit from the tree of life therefore is an antidote to death, and because it manifests light is also an antidote to darkness.