“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” ―Joseph Goebbels: Criminal, Politician.
Adam and Eve were immortals placed in Eden. They were given an assignment to care for and keep the garden God had prepared for them with a warning to not eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. This was not an option. They were given the word and they either believed it or they would suffer the consequences. Satan then proceeded to present them with a great delusion. After considering what Satan said, they made a decision to disobey God and chose to believe a lie. At that point, the phenomenon called sin entered the world. We read in Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
The repercussions from this one act of disobedience reached out to all those who have been born of the blood of Adam. Many have taught that Adam and Eve sinned. This is not possible since we have just read that because of the decision made by Adam, sin entered the world. Because of Adam’s decision to disobey, sin became the authority of Adam’s new mortal nature. The created spirit of mankind no longer reflected the image of God. Just as the moon is a reflection of the SUN, so all men born of Adam would be in the image of the mortal “self or ego”.
By God removing Adam and Eve from the garden they became the servants of the spirit of the world. From that time forward, God needed to place his spirit upon mortals in order for them to hear the voice of God. The full restoration of the heavens and the earth now entered into its final phase. The Old Testament is the story of God working within mortals to bring forth the redeemer, the final Adam.
Sin is not just an act of the flesh; it is the submission to an authority other than God. You have no choice as long as you are a resident of the kingdom of this present evil world. The only option you have is to move to another Kingdom. If you live in the United States, you must adhere to its laws. You can choose to more to another country but wherever you go, you must submit your “self” to the authority of that country. According to God, there are only two Kingdoms, the Kingdom of Light and the Kingdom of Darkness.
A literal translation according to usage of Galatians 3: 23, 24 is as follows.
“But the word declares that all mortals are imprisoned under the authority of sin that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. Wherefore the law was our authority until Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”
Every man and woman born in this word is represented by Adam and born into the world guilty and under the authority of darkness as a result of his disobedience. All those chosen in Christ by grace are reckoned just and immediately delivered from the kingdom of darkness and translated into the kingdom of light because of his (Christ’s) obedience. Colossians 1:13 “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” 1 Corinthians 15:22 tells us: “As in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”
SPECIAL PREVIEW NOTE: We’ll read in a future chapter that most Christians simply do not believe that “ALL” shall be made alive. You’ll also read that not only shall all be made alive but the dead shall be made alive in different stages or periods of time in the future.
An accurate description of the will of man is the potential of the human mind to make choices according to our nature. Romans 3:11 tells us “there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” Man does not have any desire to seek God. Mortal man will always choose to turn from God rather than towards him. They are not free to choose God because it is contrary to their nature. That’s why man needs the new nature given by God with the new birth. “Unless a man is born again he cannot enter or see the kingdom of God” – John 3: 3. Though man is commanded to seek the Lord while He may be found, we watch in vain for Romans 3:11 says, “There is no God seeker.” John 6:44 says, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him and I will raise him up on the last day.”
The literal translation according to usage of this verse is, “no one is able.”
Notice that Jesus claimed “no one.” This is an adverse declaration. It means absolutely no one can come unless God does something first. Mortal man is so lost that, aside from grace, nobody would ever turn to Christ. Next, we observe that Jesus said “can.” Keep in mind the difference between the words can and may. “Can” implies “is able,” while “may’ suggests “has authorization.” Jesus is not saying that no one has the authority to come to him. Rather, he says that no one is able to come to him. This is the scriptural doctrine of man’s lack of ability. Finally, we observe the word “unless.” This presents an exception. Without this, no one would ever come to Christ. John 3:3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God”. Romans 9: 16 “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.”
Is mortal man under the command of his own fate or is he slave to an outside influence? Does the will influence the thoughts of man, or do the thoughts control the will? Is the will free to do as it pleases, or is it under the need of rendering obedience to something beyond itself?
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