The Three Adams (Part Seven) - The Consequences of Holding Self

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)

The negative attitude of the man towards the instruction of God is an indication that he never believed God. That is to say that his acceptance of the gesture from whatever the tree of knowledge of good and evil stands for is his personal indictment on the validity of the instruction of God and hence his disobedience to it. This suggests that the instruction God gave to him is not worth relying or trusting upon and as a result should not be believed. And if the instruction cannot be believed, it means Adam had no faith in God. The sin of Adam therefore, is the sin of unbelief. The only way the man would have found himself in God is to believe in the words of God.

So faithlessness on the word of God leads to unbelief and unbelief leads to condemnation, because it is through believe in the word of God men are saved from destruction and eternal life is given to them (Rom 10:8 -10). Adam’s refusal to accept the instruction from God results that eternal life which was offered to him through the tree of life could not be established in his life. And without eternal life no one has a place in God and if one does not have a place in God one cannot be referred as heir of God. Therefore, Adam was never a child of God according to God’s eternal purpose that all men should become his children through the acceptance of the tree of life (Eph 1:4 - 5). If Adam had believed in God and by stretching out his hand to take the fruit from the tree of life and ate it, he would have become the archetype that is perfectly made in the image of God from whom other sons would have emanated into existence.

Now it is important to note that the interest of the Serpent was on how well the man understood the instruction God gave and also how well he understood the declaration God made to him. The consistent method of the Serpent is to question God’s proclamation on the life of an individual. People are engaged in this, they are often times tested or tempted by the Serpent who is not fully unveiled at this stage, to know if they are really in the know of what is being said about them. So what the Serpent does is to say the opposite of what God has said at any time he confronts his victims; and buttresses his position with glaring physical evidences that can attract the heart of his victim. By this he weighs the understanding of his victim as regards to God’s words over him or her and eventually his target lacks the understanding of God’s word, he overcomes him or her. That was what happened to the man and as he gave in to all his deceptive evidences and by the time he knew what is on board he has lost his right.

Now before the man gave in and ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, God forewarned him about the consequence(s) that will result from eating the fruit. That is a demonstration of God’s love on the man, He told him what will happen beforehand and not after it has happened. If God came after the man had eaten the fruit and told him about the consequences of eating the fruit, God would have been blamed for whatever the result is but for the fact that He told the man and he willingly went ahead to eat the fruit, the man is to be blamed for his downfall. The man instead of taking everything that God said to him with caution what he did was to handle it with all amount of laxity because he never believed in the things that God said to him, if he had believed the curse wouldn’t have come.

There is something important for us to note, when God created the man He gave him the right to make choice, which is by implication the right to be master over his own life. This suggests that whatever the man wants to do will definitely be within the whim of his will and nobody can interfere without his permission. Here, the serpent penetrated the man by promoting his self and making him to understand what he will gain and what God doesn’t want him to gain. So it right to say that the man disobeyed the instruction of God because of self. He wouldn’t like to lose self to God’s will and as a result he went ahead to do what is good for self. So what God wanted from the man is that he should willingly acquiesces his will to Him by denying self but the man did the opposite.

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