What Happened in the Garden of Eden?

What Happened in the Garden of Eden? Part 28

There are many issues which underscore the created being called Satan. It is not told as to the purpose Satan was so evil, what is related is that he was and is. One thing is for certain, he never gives up!! The defining characteristic defining him is that he never gives up! And his lack of compassion is inhuman. The only thing that explains his children is the same-they care more for themselves than anyone else, even the children they bring into this world. Selfishness is rebellion to what is right and selfishness is as witchcraft! Sadly, all those overcome by Satan think themselves their own “director of operations” in their lives. They think THEY call all the shots and make all the decisions when in fact, even in this, they are blind-sided! “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” Jeremiah 10:23 It is told that all the angels gathered in Hell to find a way to stop mankind from believing in Christ. There were many who had ideas which Satan listened and entertained. All were pretty much on equal footing until one little demon in the crowd from the darkest part of Hell offered the winning idea. His plan was simple: “tell them what they want to do is perfectly fine and that they are to believe that God really doesn’t care as long as mankind will just love Him.” On this suggestion Satan has built his world-wide efforts to stop the Church of Christ from saving millions of men, women, and accountable children, and he does not care one whit about any one of them knowing where it will take them!!
A couple of weeks ago, I finished that article by stating Satan was his own worst enemy, he actually out smarted himself. Satan as a created archangel was not evil when created by Christ, that would bring a charge against God and cause the statement “He saw everything was good and very good,” false. Satan at the time of his creation was good as God said he was! Oh! the difference one sin can make in a life and we never know which sin it will be!! Those who try to make a living on controlling everybody else and not tend to their own business are impossible to live around. Assigned a function by Jesus Christ (the creator of this world and all other worlds), Satan superintends the care taking of this planet (God has even set angels as superintendents over nations). Satan has never abrogated this role nor has he made mistakes in doing that which Christ appointed him!! (Global warming is not a malfunction in the creation and sustaining of what God made, it is a lie from Hell that politicians who want to steal more money from taxpayers are telling!!
God is a personnel God, who is presented as even knowing the number of hairs on our heads, Matthew 10:30. and Peter tells us that it matters to Him about mankind. 1 Peter 5:7 There’s something personal, too, in the concept of men’s names being written in Heaven. Luke 10:17-22 Jesus is not a created being, but instead in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead, bodily (John 1:1; Philippians 2:6 ; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2 indicate Jesus Himself did the creating. He did not turn it over to the Devil as many eastern religions teach!! The Bible holds out the hope of resurrection, not reincarnation. Reincarnation denies the personality of God (that God is one but are three individual Beings) They teach there is only one God. If this were true who can explain God appearing in three forms at one time as at the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptizer if He were only ONE Being!!); it has a perverted doctrine of sin (denying that Jesus “has by one sacrifice forever perfected them that are sanctified,” Hebrews 10:14); and it denies the record of the New Testament which has John the Baptist and Jesus alive at the same time (reincarnationists teach that John and Jesus were actually the same person who before he was John the Baptizer, he was Elijah, and before he was Elijah, he was Moses). How could that be if John baptized Jesus, if Jesus, Elijah, and Moses were all together on the Mount of Transfiguration; that would mean they were present at the same time and same place??
Why did Satan change? The answer is never answered. What advantage did he see if resisting God? The same as any sinner does today. Where did his rebellion take him? Like any sinner today, to the final desolation and destruction of a place of eternal misery and pain. And what did his rebellion cost all those whom he influenced? Because they had the right of choice as he, the same end!!
Whatever Satan’s aims and goals were are not known, but what is known is that nothing, no power present or to come, nor has ever been can defeat the determination of God for those whom He loves.

What Happened in the Garden of Eden? Part 27

Did Adam have within his gene pool the ability to change the nature of man? Was it the nature of man to sin? If man sinned AFTER his creation, did he have the propensity to pass this change in nature to his children? It only takes ONE person to have never sinned to prove it is not our nature!
Can we alter the nature with which he was born? It is not believed by anyone I have known or read from that Adam or Eve were created sinners, they did not alter their nature when they sinned. It has been successfully shown that the man is the same as he was with Adam. ONLY physically somewhat, not spiritually. Adam nor Eve never had ANYHING to do with the spiritual part of mankind. As has been shown, sin did not begin with Adam or Eve, it began with Satan, an arch-angel of the Earth who was set in power over the other Seraphims (of the earth) Angels whose function was to superintend and sustain the creation of Jesus Christ. It has to be pointed out here that Satan had nothing to do with the perfection of creation, the plants or animals, or the moons and tides, whatsoever!! When pure nature is discussed, Satan not Adam ever had any way to change in any respect what Christ created!! If he or they did, please let me know who or what they were. As Satan, not Adam or Eve, had nothing to do with changing nature (creatures), neither did Divinity have anything to do with changing the physical composition of man!! No, man did not evolve from some lower primate, crossing species lines to become something altogether different than what their ancestry had been.
The Holy Spirit had a function to make the earth habitable for man whom Christ had set over this world giving man God’s image, power, control that no other creature has ever again possessed. The Spirit did not alter the spiritual composition Christ began nor has there EVER been a human being that was not made up of soul and spirit as was fashioned by the Creator!!
Man, today, is trying to create his own new type of creature by cloning. It will be new, if they can get it done, because it will not have the soul and spirit as a part of the what ever they want to call it!! Can you imagine a soul-less or spirit-less what ever they want to call it out roaming around? There is no law of pro-creation man will be following so they will not have the cooperation of Deity at its origin. We keep looking for the “missing link” and it keeps on cooperating—it keeps missing!! The monkey to man game has been played too many innings to even be entertaining!! NOTHING has changed from the original, all is the same.
We can not alter nature. We can re-arrange, re-vise, destroy but not alter what is natural. Man has NEVER sinned following nature. Man has NEVER passed any law or tried to educate any changing unwritten natural laws like eating, sleeping, breathing air, drinking fluids, or blinking his eye lid when dust gets in it. Sin is an alteration in the existence of man but it is not something that is NATURAL with man!! We do NOT know how long Satan stayed after Eve BEFORE he broke down her resistance and gave Adam the fruit. One thing we do know, though. IT WAS NOT NATURAL FOR HER TO DISOBEY GOD!! A propensity she may have had, but it was not natural. Hollywood, Satan’s bride has made big inroads but as of yet not altered nature. Sin is NOT NATURAL, all who sin have to ACQUIRE, COMMIT, VIOLATE A LAW to sin. All Eve accomplished was show Satan to our front door, from there he got in himself. Sin comes through a defection in moral purpose. The mind has to be changed, the will broken down, and the deterrent made to look insignificant. This is exactly what Satan does every time he gets us to obey him. Our first parents marked out the same path that has been trodden every time sin is committed. Every time the path is followed, the creature gets weaker, easier to control. Each generation has to be re-built to become a “new creature ‘in Christ” or that generation succeeds to get worse than the last! “God saw that the thoughts of man’s heart was evil continuously..” and He destroyed man so something would be left for Christ to save!! Genesis 6:3 Man is definitely inclined to evil and we must perpetually counteract its influence with vigorous exertion or sin will overtake our species, again. This time God will destroy sin by fire!! The only deterrent is the blood of Christ!! This MUST be instilled in the hearts of our children. Sin cannot become a joke, a habit, acceptable, or “not as bad as you think” Christ blood is met in baptism!! Acts 2:38. 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21 Christ is the only help in the last 5,000 years, better not pass Him up!!

What Happened in the Garden of Eden? Part 26

Each man, woman, and child have memory, understanding, and will-yet they are ONE individual. Each man, woman, and child have a soul, spirit, and body-yet each are ONE. Understanding Deity is not a qualification for becoming a Christian, but denying Deity may qualify one for losing one’s soul!!
In the early part of our nation there was a doctrine that like Mohammedanism taught there was only ONE who was God. He was out of touch and dis-interested in mankind but many of our early fellow-citizens were Deist. Deism and Mohammedanism teach one superior Deity to the exclusion of any other as its equal. Christianity, since its inception, has had many who have tried to foster off on the faith of Jesus Christ those who would teach the same doctrine. This battle continues today in some circles and unfortunately in some places of the Church of Christ.
Essence is personality-personality defined is your nature, what you are, the approval of the self, the understanding that there is a self, and the differences in the self that exist in you that are like others who are your equals. Essence is the permanent contrasted with the temporary or accidental, the property necessary or the nature of a thing . If there is only one of your kind that exist, how could you know what you really are? God is independent and before the universe. He has no need or need of acceptance from the universe or anything He created in order to know who He is! He had no need for man to approve what He intended to do with creation, He could know Himself to be right because there were two other Beings who possessed the essence as He, He waited on no others approval. “What if some do not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God of none effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar….” Romans 3:3-4 “”O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor?” Romans 11:33-34 God is what He intends to be with or without man’s approval, the universe’s acceptance, or man’s understanding and there are three who define that acceptance, knowledge, and understanding AND THEY ARE ONE-unified in purpose-counseled in plan-needing NO acceptance from any other!!
The God we know as the Father knew the Son from all eternity. It is His plan that the Son fulfilled. Matthew 11:27 The Father loved the Son from eternity. John 3:35. The Father glorified the Son. John 17:5 Prior to creation, the Eternal Wisdom was by Him as one “brought up with Him, a daily delight, rejoicing always before Him.” Proverb 8:30 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.”John 1:1-2 From the beginning the Word was “in the bosom” of the Father (He was ever in His presence, delight, and rejoicing). John 1:18 Man was not eternal, the universe was not eternal, angels were not eternal-the question must be asked-what WAS eternal before the beginning that was WITH the Father? “I Am the Alpha (first) and Omega (last), the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 1:17-18 If Christ was not with God before time who was there to love, brought up with Him, daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him?? He who is the “wisdom and knowledge of God.” Colossians 2:3,9 His name is also the Messenger of the Grand Counsel. Isaiah 9:6 A messenger delivers a message to someone else from someone else.
God, the Father beheld Himself in the Word- His equal-the express image of His personality (Hebrews 1:3) What is true of the Son is also true of the Holy Spirit and needs no explanation. God did not struggle as a ‘LONER’ as Mohammedanism and Deism requires, He was not in “solitary existence.” Within His presence was the Word-His equal-His same essence and the Holy Spirit; each individual, yet ONE. God thought, the Word created, and the Holy Spirit communicated and IT DID NOT MATTER WHAT MAN THOUGHT!! God knew who, what, and why He began the great “Mystery of the Ages” and has never had second thoughts about His thought!! God did not bring Himself into existence—He HAS ALWAYS BEEN. He is not self-created nor is He the self-cause of His creation—cause and effect is not applicable to Deity. God is the UN-created, non-generated, wise, all present, all knowing, all seeing Being that NEVER knew day one of existence, the definition of His essence-nature demands it. Adam was not the problem, he was only a piece of the plan, Satan was not as clever as he thought himself and destroyed his happiness forever and ever!!

What Happened in the Garden of Eden? Part 25

We are at once wrong if we take the nature of God to be the same as man. Oneness of those who have the nature called God cannot be understood from the perspective of humanity. There are many questions which could start the student of God’s Word on this subject. Which one individually of this nature raised Christ from the dead? Which saved mankind from sin? Which promised Heaven? When we speak of water are we speaking the water in a river, in a pipeline coming to our home, or the water from the faucet in the home? Are they not all three water? Are they not all three the same water? Every time this is mentioned it is called water. Is it impossible that the one is three or the three is one? Let us look at another simple illustration. Let us take the subject of Wood. When spoken of as a tree, is the tree the root, the trunk, or the branches? Are not all three wood, yet not the same function while one without the other could not be explained? Look now at man. Is man soul, spirit, and body? Does man exist on this planet without one of these? Sometimes the desire to teach overrides the understanding of the teacher!
Discussing the Oneness of Deity taxes our mind, but to study this Supreme Being as the same as an inferior being is like describing the traits of a man by the traits of mice! Man can misunderstand the association-relationship of Spirits like mice misunderstand trees!! Get Mickey Mouse to explain marriage, rat-style!! They tell us the Father is the beginner of the Beginner of all things (but not of the Father), the image of the Father, yet not the same as the Father, yet bearing His image. They are in no sense dissimilar, yet not equal. Can one be the “Son of” and not be the “same type Being” as? How can one say the Father is the Father of the Son and not say the Son made the Father a Father, yet not equal to the Father? It cannot be claimed the Father preceded the Son for the Son IS THE BEGINNING! Colossians 1:15; John 1:1-4; Hebrews 2:10. This forces them to admit there Beings who are un-created who have no beginning-They are equal!! They use verses which make it appear the Father is superior to the Son which the mice can use to make the root greater than the branch of a tree and pride themselves in their knowledge!! If Christ was NOT made-He made ALL things so when He emptied Himself, He did not empty His Deity, Wisdom, Might, and Power as God. He DID NOT CHANGE anything that made Him God, what He did was NOT to change the UNCHANGEABLE- “I change NOT.” Malachi 3:6 “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 What He did change was the role He filled in the “mystery of the Ages.” Ephesians 3:4; Romans 16:25-26; 1 Peter 1:10-12 God, the Father cannot be at the same time a peer of Christ and greater than He; for whatever One is THE OTHER MUST BE.!! There is much more to say on this subject-BUT
NOW we must begin to speak for the Holy Spirit. We cannot ignore Him or leave Him out of this discussion. Why can we not call Him Father or Son? Why was He not the “only Begotten of the Father,” why refer to Him as the “gift of God” and not understand God cannot give a gift inferior to Himself?? Is salvation inferior to God the Father or equal to His greatness?? How so the Son??
”Was the Holy Spirit begotten of the Father or was He Begotten of the Son and is the Grandson of the Father? John 1:18 To whom does the Holy Spirit owe His origin? Were there two beginnings for the Father or only One? Was the Holy Spirit ALSO, Begotten? Or WERE there two without beginning and One with a Beginning? Is the Holy Spirit God as His record declares? Acts 5:4 Is the Holy Spirit the Godhead, a word that represents the Father and the Son, together? Romans 5:5 Is He the “love of God” which brings reconciliation to God and man? Galatians 4:6; 1 John 3:1;4:18;Ephesians 3:18 Or is He subject to the Word or the Father or Word and the Father or to no one but Himself fulfilling a role in the “mystery of the Ages?” Matthew 28:18-20
Is the Holy Spirit just LOV E? John 4:24 they point out does not say “the Spirit is God,” it says “God is Spirit.” Can an emotion (which is an attribute) define a Substance/Being? Or is it out of context to quote “only the pure can see (understand, fellowship) God”?
When we begin to study the superior by the standards of the inferior we get ourselves in a world of misunderstanding and confusion. No debater can win a debate with a proposition based on false logic. When we find ourselves making disparaging remarks any qualified God, we need to be very reverent!!

What Happened in the Garden of Eden? Part 24

When man considers anything of the royal Deity of Heaven, he forgets a very important thing-They are not human!! Unfortunately, many fail to put this into their understanding and therefore read something into the text that was mentioned. The worst example of this relates to Their ONENESS. If we look at this subject thinking of man, we will get the wrong understanding. It is not often we talk about oneness when it relates to man for all men are distinctly different, with God this is not true. They never got into a match, as do men, trying to outdo one another. Power, might, place, or the higher position NEVER finds itself manifested among Them. To think One of those who possess the nature called God is superior to the other is a misnomer that is human not divine!! In fact, when we listen to what our Master taught while here on this planet, the way of greatness among Them was deprivation, servitude, or being of the lowest esteem. I find when men discuss the three Beings who are of the nature called God, they are always trying to give them human traits. “My thoughts are not your thoughts; My ways are not your ways; for as the heaven is higher than the earth, so are My thoughts higher than your thoughts and My ways higher than your ways.” Isaiah 55:8-9 Yet, we are always hearing that one of the Godhead is greater than the other!! This idea came from man; it never came from a study of Deity!!
When Jesus “ratted on Himself” (as man thinks) and confessed: “My Father is greater than I,” in the manner of God this does not mean what it means in the languages of man!! Inferiority amongst equality or Oneness is not inferiority in essence, being, or station; it could only come from covenant!! You and I have run into some who want to lead us down the road of greatness, superiority, and totality when they discuss Deity. There is NO reference, NO place for this type of thinking!! In fact it is an insult to Being so far superior to mankind. Describing the ONENESS of Deity with these blind ones is like describing human love to a frog!! When you start off with the wrong premise you can never end up with the right understanding!! It doesn’t matter that Jesus is on record as saying when He came into this world that “He thought it not robbery to be equal with God,” “My Father and I are one,” or “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead, bodily.” Colossians 2:9 When Jesus had ALL the fullness of the Godhead it would be like saying “my gas tank is completely full.” If the tank if completely full and you cannot get another ounce in it, then you can understand how that ALL the fullness of Godhead was in Christ when here in His physical body!! IF THIS IS NOT TRUE, then verse 10 of Colossians 2 comes under scrutiny-it reads “And you are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power.” Guess we can discount something here that would suit some, but never accurately represent the truth!! So when the scriptures state there is “ONE BODY, AND ONE SPIRIT EVEN AS YOU ARE CALLED IN THE ONE HOPE OF YOUR CALLING. ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, AND ONE BAPTISM” Ephesians 4:4-5 Take your choice, which of these one-nesses do you want to eliminate? It is amazing to me how many people who take the “one in the Godhead theory” think the Holy Spirit is not ranked with the Father, also!!
Back to ONENESS. The closest man gets to this understanding is when you tell him of marriage. When a man and woman marry (enter into the marriage contract) they two become ONE flesh.” Matthew 19:5-6. Notice, my friend, Adam and Eve became ONE flesh. Were they not one flesh before they were Adam and Eve? Was Eve not taken out of, from Adam? Before the marriage contract was explained them by Christ, Genesis 3:16, were they in a contract of marriage or where they just together? Is it not the rules of a contract of marriage that one has to be inferior to the other as far as the desire of their bodies is concerned?? Did Adam “rule over” Eve before Christ made this contract valid after the sin in the Garden? When Eve was a part of the body of Adam, was Eve subject to Adam? Yes subject, but not contractually subject to Adam. She existed before the contract as independent and under NO bondage, control, resolve to obey Adam’s wishes concerning the flesh. Now, Jesus tells us man and woman will become ONE flesh when the marriage contract is enacted (according to the rules of the state or government under which they live).
Do man and woman MERGE into one flesh or are we being forced to see a ONENESS like God!!

What Happened in the Garden of Eden? Part 23

When Adam and Eve sinned God’s plan before creation was set in motion. Christ was coming to die for man whom They had loved before man became a being in the work of creation performed by Jesus Christ. God (all Three) did not wait for man to sin, make man sin, or deceive man so man would sin; God foreknew and therefore had planned before time ALL things!! “Known unto God (all Three) are all His works from the beginning of the world.” Acts 15:18
One of the many things we learn about Deity we recite but do not conceive-ONENESS. Unfortunately, some count one, two, three-etc and think that describes this one-ness, and it DOES NOT. In the Garden of Gethsemanae, Jesus prayed to the Father: “that they all may be ONE as thou Father, are in Me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.” John 17:21 Christ was no more telling us He came from the Father, thanking Him for “becoming FROM” God, the Father’s being than He was praying that the apostles were thought to become ONE as they had been molded into ONE being after the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ as they preached the gospel to all mankind. One day we will discusss this much more, but for this study let us concern ourselves with a revealed truth–God is the name of a nature, there are Three that possess this nature, They are equal in every respect (neither needing the help, care, or association with the Other; we have to be careful to recognize which of the Three of whom we read because Two or more of the Deity may be in the record and we not see Them. I will cite you an example of this in a moment. Habbakkuk 3:3 is a devastating blow to those who think at one time He who is mostly known as “the Father” was ALL ALONE with NONE OTHER beings in existence. They tell us God, in a weak moment, made He who is known as “the Word,” and then sometime, somehow, and they do not know just why; God the Father created the Spirit (and they and their Jehovah’s Witness brethren do not really know what to do with Him) was existent as some third rate Deity with little ability and little to do and was some kind of “sub God” the Father kept around. Christ created the worlds and mankind only by the “loaned” power of the Father and exist for eternity subject to the Father. They get this information from the 3rd chapter of Imagination, the 15-48th verses. Ha!
Most of us know that the first tablets of the Ten Commandments were written by the “finger of God,” but have not recognized the significance of this. We remember Moses threw the tablets and broke them when He saw the sin and debauchery of Israel. The second set Moses had to write. Not until Christ explained the importance of this could we see the beauty of this message. The “finger of God” is the Holy Spirit (see Luke 11:20 and Matthew 12:28). Not many people doubt that God, the Son was on Mt Sinai with Moses but not many recognize that the Holy Spirit was also present! Consistent with the truth and facts mentioned will show ALL OF SCRIPTURE was written by the “finger of God” (whether on stone, as an apostle spake, or when the apostles aid wrote down what the apostle told him to write!! Also, for the doubter, Jesus was said to be inferior in authority while here on earth and worked His miracles by the superior power of the Holy Spirit (you know, the third rate God).
Show me a better example of Oneness. It would have never been known the Holy Spirit was on the Mountain of Sinai with Christ had Christ not revealed this information 1500 years, later. Jesus tells us: If a love Me, he will keep My word and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him and make our abode with him.” John 14:23 “All authority has been given unto Me; Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature….baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” When Jesus came in the flesh, He came in the “form,” essence, equality as God, John 10:30, He did not empty Himself of His nature, He took on (added another function to the role He was fulfilling) the role of a servant. He emptied Himself (become less than He was in place and station) and became obedient (He had never obeyed anyone, before) unto death, even the death of the cross. It is true Deity humbled Itself to unite with humanity but God did not separate Himself from His nature to become man.
Who raised Christ from the dead God the Father, God the Son, or God the Holy Spirit? To show the oneness of Deity, it was all three!! Did it take all three, did they individually lie, or Were They ONE?

What Happened in the Garden of Eden? Part 22

Anyone who ever studied the lives of Adam and Eve would never think them as cave dwellers-ignorant of fire, nature, and death. The argument in fact which deceived Eve was one of extreme understanding, reasoning, and intelligence. The “cave man” theory is at the other end of the universe to what in fact were the abilities and understanding capabilities of this first of mankind. Modern scientific thought has to berate the first of our kind to get in their false theory of evolution for each evolving creature has to be an improvement over the preceding “kind” they represent.
When God served Adam and Eve with their “eviction notice” it is mentioned that Adam had not been made with the dirt of Eden, he had been made by that which was outside of the garden. To this he would have to return. Genesis 3:23 It is not said God did not prevent them from coming in and out of the Garden, He only set Cherubims at the east of the Garden of Eden with flaming swords to “keep the way of the tree of life.” (A man’s homestead has to be pretty large when described as east and west!!) The word actually means “a part of” so there were parts of Eden man could still frequent. Man could still live on the Earth but not be privileged to fellowship with God, that had ended until a sacrifice was offered that would “shield man” from God’s presence. Herein is another way the lives of Adam and Eve affected all of mankind-Adam, man would have to work to feed himself and his. Adam had lost the position, image, and place as the greatest being on Earth as he alone had had it. Later, the second Adam would again be given “all authority in heaven and earth” for the first Adam the Earth could command and control. A part of the image God had given them was now gone and would not return until Christ, having been given ALL AUTHORITY in Heaven and Earth would send His CHURCH, bride, family “into ALL THE WORLD” with power over ALL NATIONS, teaching the good news of salvation to “whosoever will.” Like Christ, Adam did not come from the land whence He was when He came to this Earth.
God “drove out the man.” Remember the word translated “garden” actually meant “fenced in area,” the place of protection. The word “drove” is the first word time the word for divorce, expatriate, expel is used. We think it many times means just to remove. It carries with it much more. Not a very friendly gesture as is translated. Man has NEVER fully understood (and that might be by design on his part) the way God feels about sin. He does not “pat it on the head” and let it go, there has to be SOMETHING OR SOMEONE who will pay God to get back into His good favor!! It is truly said: “sin separates man from God, Isaiah 59:1-2, and that fellowship was not ended on the terms that MAN DICTATED!! It is interesting today how most think they make the move toward God to restore the relationship they had with Him AT BIRTH. They will tell you how they finally gave in, they finally called on the Lord, and they finally had to make the move back to the God from whom they had rebelled. “It is not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to mercy He has saved us; by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit.” Titus 3:5 There is NOTHING MAN CAN DO unless instructed by God , THEN allowed the opportunity to obey what God has demanded, and finally given a “pledge” of acceptance that what he has done WILL in fact please God!! The “tree of life” was IN the “fenced in area”-congregation that has/had/continues to have LIFE—the Lord’s Supper celebrated each week. God just refuses to fellowship those that intend to sin!! Notice: the WAY was cut off and guarded. Jesus would teach us that He was THE WAY, the truth, and the life.” John 14:1-6 IF GOD FELLOWSHIPS YOU IT WILL BE IN HIS CHURCH!!
Here, then is the story. Man sinned. When man sins, he is divorced from God. The terms of separation are sin. If there is no sin, there is and CANNOT BE a divorce. When divorced, man is given a WAY back to the Father, back to His interrupted transmutation. His lodging is where the “tree of life” is celebrated. He MUST enter that path on terms demanded by the Father; else he will be separated from God. The blessings of Heaven have been forfeited because of sin. Even if man tries to reach God by the “knock, plead, pray, and, and weep” methods of men, God stands with His angels with the message “from Heaven.” These angels have a FLAMING SWORD, an enchanting, drawing, message which cuts like a sword to rid man of his desire to sin!!

What Happened in the Garden of Eden? Part 21

There are some who stop their search for truth by submitting their faith to the words of man, overlooking the plain language of inspiration. Such is the subject of our discussion, today, THE BODY. Of all the expressions of genius, the creation of the human body was God’s highest accomplishment during the creation era. Its purpose and use are mostly comprehended while the original purpose and intention is overlooked. How did the end of the human body change in the sin of the Garden of Eden? Did God create the human body lacking the ability to control it and understanding its use in the “Great Mystery” of the faith of the Lord Jesus? Was the body meant to exist forever (using this word, forever, as a play on words). Finally, did God have a plan for the body in life or death when He created it? Did God make the human body, eternal?
Immortality is an interesting word in the Greek language. This word is used many times. What does it exactly mean and how does this reflect on the sin of the Garden? Immortality is a trait of the nature of they who are God. Hebrews 13:8; 1 Timothy 6:16 Simply, it means “unchangeable.” This earthly physically body was never meant to be immortal, it was, though, meant to last as long as God a purpose in using it. Hebrews 9:27 There will again come a time when the body which we inhabit will be as “intended from the beginning of the world.” What the sin of Adam and Eve did change was the desecration God determined for this physical tabernacle of clay.
Most think of death as a curse; “they have no hope” 1 Corinthians 15:14-19 The excessive weeping on the day honoring the promotion of a loved one “in Christ” shows someone has not been teaching on this subject!! In the church of the first three centuries, crying at funerals was so looked down on they actually would dis-fellowship those who wept!
The Tree of Life in the Garden was a real, working thing. They who would eat of this fruit would actually “live forever,” IF we know what “forever” means symbolically we will know that there have been a few who have almost reached that plateau. Forever is used of God in the writings of the scriptures to mean 1,000 years or “all those that belong to Him.”. When the words are stated repetitively, it meant eternal. There have been men who have lived almost to the age of 1,000. One of these men had access to the Tree of Life. Whether he ate of that tree or no, we know not, but that he had access to it caused one of they who share the nature of God to say to the other two; “behold, the man has become 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. Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the Garden.pf Eden to till the ground from whence he was taken.” So He drove out the man. He placed at the east of the Garden of Eden a cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” Genesis 3:22-24
There have been several “hints” in the Old and New Testaments which may have been overlooked. Our bodies were given to us as a place in which to stay UNTIL “God’s use for the body was finished, then He would just “take it” (rapture us)!! Sin changed the way in which the body was to be separated from the soul and spirit. God said to Adam: “dust thou art, mto dust thou returnest,” Genesis 3:20. The resurrection of the body on the last day,. 1 Corinthians 15:52, will have been a body “sown in weakness”!! The occurrence of sin changed not only the way in which the body was disposed, it also changed man’s relationship to the garnering of food, use of the soil to grow food, and keeping the Garden clean-since he did not like the garden of Eden well enough not to eat ONE Man’s body is physical and will change, we are mortal, we cannot take a “mortal” body into an immortal realm!! 1 Corinthians 15:50 God cannot change, He is immortal. When God, the Father spoke to God the Son at His resurrection He said: “And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands. They shall perish, but Thou remainest; and art the same, and thy years shall not fail they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt Thou fold them up, and they shall change: but Thou.art the same, and Thy years shall not fail.” Hebrews 1:10-12. When the body takes on immortality then shall be brought to pass (fulfillment) the saying written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is they victory?”

What Happened in the Garden of Eden? Part 20

It makes no sense, for one to be punished for the sins of another!! One act of mercy afforded multitudes of sins (kinds) showing the death of Christ much greater than the supposed “hereditary total depravity” brought on man by one sin. Where righteousness lives also lives life with countless blessings. Righteousness is greater than life, shown in Christ Jesus, for “in Christ” sin is not only covered but rooted up from its roots with nothing left to be remembered.
The “good” of Christ is then NOT equal to the harm of Adam. Christ gifts declared us not to be punished and His mercy gave us the “new birth” where we can be as we were from our beginning. John 3:5 There is not ONE VESTIGE of the effect of sin on us who are “in Christ.” If you cast a man in prison for not paying a debt of $10.00 and One comes along who pays down the debt, paying $1,000,000 more than the debt-He doesn’t stop here, He leads us into the Kings Court, to the throne of the highest of the high-who is going to remember the reason this man was put into prison? Christ came and not only paid down the debt of sin but also leads us to the throne of the Highest of the High covered in the blood that was shed from the foundations of the world and someone remembers the one sin that originally separated us from God?? I don’t think so!!
If one offense caused the cessation of fellowship with God, being removed in Christ blood should bring ridicule to anyone who would concentrate on the “original sin.” God determined “before the foundations of the world” to remedy that sin in the sacrifice of His Son. Knowing His Son would die on Calvary’s tree and all who meet Christ’s blood in the waters of baptism are forgiven of sin(s), God knowing this, would it not seem a little inane of God to concentrate SO much on that ONE sin? Would it not make that One sin look a little overplayed when God had determined BEFORE it ever was committed to so forgive those offenders. Would “remembering” that One sin be showing More importance to that One sin than God’s ONE sacrifice for ALL SINS?? To equate One sin to that One life that brings SO much more, is ridiculous!! How could it be that one man’s disobedience be THAT IMPORTANT when God planned to forgive THAT SIN?? Is it not true that another’s righteousness is so overwhelming greater than One man’s disobedience God would overlook so many types and kinds of other sins that what should be remembered is that One Man’s righteousness?? Could the man who NEVER sinned complain by such a great act of mercy???
The unselfishness of Christ freed the “many” and showed THE “way,” revealed through Christ’s apostles, back to the fellowship of God? Life “in Christ” is greater than any sin Adam could have ever committed!! Man exposed to Satan the way Satan could pick apart all who are of the essence called human, but this was not a surprise to God. HE ALREADY HAD A PLAN!! If, as they teach, mankind was condemned in Adam, “in Christ” all they who were condemned and obeyed God’s commandments were re-instated. I am going to ask again, why, then all the fuss about Adam?? What is interesting to me is that they forever teach all men were condemned in Adam but NEVER teach ALL MEN ARE SAVED “IN Christ?!! 2 Timothy 2:10
The Law did not help, it only made matters worse. The Law of Moses DEFINED sin, told us what God considered sin to be. Only through the Law could sin appear as sin, predict the CURE to sin was on His way, and parable how Christ would remove sin. The Law proved sin was temporary, not permanent!! In school, once you learn 2+2=4, you quit using that book as a textbook and refer to it when you need proof you were right when you gave the answer 4 to the equation when asked. What you did to remedy sin in your life was found in the Word of God. Every time some one ask you what to do to be saved and you answer correctly, you can go back to those written truths once learned, reread the same verses, and be even MORE convicted than you were when you first “obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine delivered you.” Romans 6:18 Every time you go back to the “primer” and check, you don’t then learn this fact again, you convict yourself more and more that the equation is true and can go on to things that will enlighten you even MORE!! You see, the Law was temporary. After it defined what to God sin is, you pressed on, only using the Law as a means of convicting you causing you to declare to NEVER sin, again. The Law could not forgive sin it only defined it!!

What Happened in the Garden of Eden? Part 19

Of all the beauties God has created, nothing exist today that is equal to Paradise!! We have spent a lot of time on the negative side of this question and not too much time on the positive side. There are things Adam and Eve did that changed mankind and his history. The NOW, homo-sexual community, and other perverted human beings reject God’s intent for the structure and order of society that God brought into existence and intend to change it..
Often when man has everything, he does not appreciate what he has. Without understanding, appreciation is not considered. God said; “Let us make man in our own image.” Image is a word that describes the “total dominion” of God over all things. God gave Adam and Eve total dominion over all things. At this period of time man woman were equal in all things. THAT CHANGED!! Paul writes: “For a man ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the “image” and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.” 1 Corinthians 11:7 When the prophet Adam spoke before the sin, Adam spoke of place and position THAT WOULD BE for man and woman, AFTER SIN. Adam said: “She shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man.” Genesis 2:23 The apostle Paul writes: “For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things are of God.” 1 Corinthians 11:12 The first woman was FROM man, she was equal in all respects to man BEFORE sin, she was NOT under man’s domain. Paul shows God’s plan for man and woman BEFORE sin changed things. Adam stated man would be of woman!! Eve was FROM Adam “in the beginning,” from his womb God took a rib. Now, NO ONE is from man, the seed comes from man but the birth is from woman. Woman was GIVEN TO MAN, because of sin, in marriage to bring into existence He who would save the predestinated, the Church of Christ. Woman was made inferior to man in relationship (BECAUSE OF SIN), the same relationship that Christ would have with His church. No longer would woman be in the “image” of God as having all things under her feet, she would be under her head. Man would “be her head”!! 1 Corinthians 11:3 In the PLAN, woman would become Adam’s “Ebenezer,” his means of carrying out the wishes and plans of the Head, so the church with Christ. The church has NO authority, authority comes from Christ, our job is to “preach the Word, not add to it or take from it.” Revelation 22:18-19 “Unto the woman He said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” Genesis 3:16 Leading in disobedience, Eve was to be the means of bringing into existence the pleasure (glory) of her husband. She, as woman would be UNDER, INFERIOR to her head, something the National Organization of Women, all homo-sexual groups, and man-made denominational groups are against. “Image”/ power/ position over the woman man would retain AND her conception would be accompanied with sorrow (itstsabown-pain, sorrow, birth pangs) . This does not mean she is not equal to man “in Christ”, it means because of the CONTRACT, ARRANGEMENT called marriage, woman takes a subordinate role. All humanity comes from woman, who is in subjection to her husband. All the saved are in the Church of Christ, the wife of Christ. Adam had no children by any other, neither does Christ!!
It is always the joy of parent that can provide everything, to give beyond measure. In this situation the child learns to be “selfish,” for they do not know HOW to appreciate their blessings. Often not appreciated, these children “take advantage” of these kindnesses. God would not allow His joy to be made an uncontrollable curse because of His love. ONE commandment, He gave to show He was “all in all,” there was nothing or no one that was not put UNDER Him, ALL was in subjection!! Having given Adam and Eve the “image” (dominion) of God, like God man controlled all animals, all plant life and the supply of food. God placed ONE command, which if disobeyed, would cause man to relinquish that “image” and fellowship with God. Satan did not know what God had commanded. Eve told Satan and Satan used that information to trap her. Since sin, there are animals that man fears, supplying foods no longer under his domain, and weather patterns that he cannot command.
He now lives in houses or caves, advances the fellowship with God on God’s terms, can be separated from God for all eternity. Paradise has been moved. Adam’s sin DID change a lot of things!!