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Understanding The 6 Consequences of the Fall of Man

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The 6 Consequences of the Fall of Man

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The fall of Man precipitated several consequences which are very important for us to understand.

From the moment Adam ate from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; 6 specific things happened.

 

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1) Spiritual death ensued.

Man’s spirit became separated from God’s Spirit so that the life of God could not flow through him.

He began existing in a state of spiritual death, operating purely on the physical and mental levels, far below his original capabilities.

He was originally made in the image and likeness of God and called His son, able to function at an extremely high spiritual, mental and physical level.

But because of the separation from God he could no longer function the way he was supposed to.

 

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2) Physical death ensued.

The fall of man started the process of physical death in his body, which fully matured some 930 years later.

In other words, it took over 900 years to be fully accomplished but physical death began immediately after eating the fruit.

 

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3) His condition was changed.

He took on the nature of God’s enemy… Satan!

Because he chose to obey and submit himself to the evil one instead of God he now had the nature of rebellion and pride, which characterizes the devil.

There’s a principle which states, “You become like who you obey!”

And since the fall of man this has been the chief problem with the human race, in our most fundamental nature we are enemies with God.

 

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4) His position was changed.

Now, because of the fall of man, Adam also lost his relational position to God.

He was no longer able to occupy the right side of God and be counted in the same class with his Father. He fell from that glorious position.

Instead of looking across at God to speak to Him he now had to look up at God!

And has been looking up ever since, always looking upward, even to the point of missing God and in his ignorance, worshiping the Sun, Moon and stars instead.

 

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5) He became cursed with spiritual ignorance.

As if all this wasn’t bad enough, mankind also inherited a curse from eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

In the phrase “the knowledge of good and evil” the word “knowledge” from the Hebrew is “daath” meaning “ignorantly committed.”

So, by eating that fruit he became cursed with a particular kind of ignorance, ignorance of the machinations of his own heart.

He was in the condition of never fully understanding his own desires and motives; unwittingly committing acts of both good and evil.

Doing things and not fully understanding why! Never completely discerning the thoughts and intents of his own heart.

Never becoming the universal leader he was intended to be, but instead… being led by his own ignorance! 

He wasn’t being the master he was intended to be but a slave to his own desires!

He became locked in a cycle of one moment doing something noble and selfless and the next, something base and selfish and never fully understanding why.

This is the fruit of that tree!

You’re doomed to live life on your own terms, with your own faulty, corrupted understanding of the nature of life!

Never knowing from one moment to the next what life has in store, running around in the darkness, searching for something and not even knowing what it is you’re looking for!

You’re like Neo, searching for “The Matrix” while you’re actually living in it as a slave to the system and not knowing how or why!

Sad but true, this is the state of fallen man!

 

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6) He lost his dominion.

Finally, he lost his right to rule the Earth by obeying Satan!

When Adam submitted to Satan, he gave up his right to rule the World and Satan immediately usurped it, he didn’t get it legally but he usurped it!

God made Adam lord, then Adam made Satan lord, by bowing to him in obedience. (Rom. 6:16, 2 Cor. 4:4) God’s archenemy now had limited authority in the earth by deception and fraud.

These are the consequences of the fall of man!

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A Tale of 3 Gardens

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A Tale of 3 Gardens

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“Uhhmmm… That looks gooood,” she thinks, as she stands in the midst of the Garden.

 

She stares at it longingly with a glazed look in her eye. Her pulse races as she reaches up a trembling hand and touches it. Eyes darting from side to side – She’s unobserved.

 

Her heart is hammering now as she pulls on it until it separates from the branch.

 

She’s done it!

 

Mouth watering as she looks at it and just for the most flickering of moments there’s a sadness that washes through her soul. “Can’t worry about that now, this is what I’ve been dreaming about ever since that first suggestion,” the thought caresses her conscience and lulls it to sleep.

 

“He’s not far away; I think I’ll share this with him.

 

“Oh, there he is.” She hurries to him.

 

“Look honey!” She bites into it, juice dripping down her hand as her eyes widen with wild delight and frightening realization.

 

“NOOOO! What have you done?” He screams at her. “Are you insane? Don’t you know what’ll happen to you now?”

 

He’s faced with a dilemma.

 

“She’ll be destroyed,” he thinks to himself. “I’ve got to do something! OH GOD! How could I have let this happen?”

 

“It’s my fault.”

 

“I know what I have to do.” In desperation he thinks, “I’ll eat it too, I know HE won’t destroy both of us! HE’LL have to save us both.”

 

He takes it from her outstretched hand and bites into pleasure and terror all at once!

 

It’s silent in the Garden now. Stillness makes her home there and Death is a permanent guest.

 

Omniscient, HE knows exactly what’s taken place. HE walks in the Garden just like before, but they don’t come running, no smiling faces… Silence.

 

HE calls them; they come kneeling, trembling, undone. “What did you do,” HE demands of him. “I’m sorry, I knew it was wrong, but it’s the One that YOU gave me, I did it for HER!”

 

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“Uhhhhhhh… This pain is unbearable,” He thinks, as He kneels in the midst of the Garden!

 

He’s alone, His mind races forward to the ordeal ahead. He understands the purpose and knows it MUST be done.

 

He sees the whip, the nails and the tree. Beholds the blood, the sweat and tears. He hears the cursing, taunting, threats. Misery weighs heavy on His soul.

 

He goes to where His friends are for some support, some strength, some comfort, something. Nothing… They’re asleep.

 

He returns, kneels, bows, “OH GOD… PLEASE LET THIS CUP PASS!!!” HE bleeds a prayer to God.

 

But then remembers the state She’s in. “SHE NEEDS ME, needs a Savior. Only I can do this.”

 

“Nevertheless, as YOU will, Father,” He breathes a prayer to God.

 

He surrenders, “I’ll do it for HER!”

 

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“Ohhhhhhh… Where have they taken You, My Lord,” she wonders, as she stands in the midst of the Garden.

 

Heart aching with love for her Lord who was and is not, no longer a comforting touch, a smile or word in due season.

 

“Why did You leave, why did You have to go away?” She sobs.

 

She goes and tells them. They run and come to see. He’s not there! “Where is He?” They leave wondering. She stays and looks and sees… Angels!

 

Then, He who was hidden appears. “Why do you cry?” His words are soft and scented.

 

She pleads with him, “Where is He, where have you taken Him?”

 

“Mary,” says He, and she knows.

 

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, the light of revelation dawns within and she begins to understand everything.
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“He left for me that’s the reason why
He did it all for me, that’s why He died
Every drop of blood, every lash of pain
Was felt for me so that I could gain
What I lost in that Garden that fateful morn’
My joy, my peace, my life all gone
When I did what I did and my eyes did see
My fallen state and what became of me
How I hurt Him so, you’ve got to know
That’s why we reap the deeds we sow
But He’s kept His promise for all to see
The Seed of the woman brings victory!
So, from now on and through eternity
I’ll thank God for what He did for me.
“He did it all for me!”