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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He was originally made in the image and likeness of God and called His son, able to function at an extremely high spiritual, mental and physical level.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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Overcoming Sin by the Blood of Jesus: What Does it Really Mean?

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Overcoming Sin by the Blood of Jesus: What Does it Really Mean?

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What is Sin?

 

Sin is the natural tendency to exclude God from your decision making process and to trust in and rely on yourself for success in life!

 

Therefore the key factor in eradicating Sin from your life is the breaking and submitting of your will to God!

 

That’s what you do when you receive Jesus as your Savior, in a very specific way yet with a very broad application, you surrender your will to God and make a quality decision to trust Him day by day for the rest of your life.

 

He in turn grants you the ability to do this by changing your inner nature from one of inherent rebellion to submissiveness and obedience.

 

Now, when Jesus died on the cross, His blood was used as a sacrificial offering to God, paying for your deliverance from Sin’s power and purchasing your freedom from the devil.

 

In other words, He used His blood to redeem you or buy back your freedom, thus liberating you from the control of the devil and giving God ownership and control of your life once more.

 

You must understand since God laid down the law in the Garden of Eden, which said ‘If you sin you must die’, that law has always and will always be in effect.

 

This means whenever you sin you owe God your life, plain and simple!

 

This is exactly why Jesus died; He gave His life in place of yours!

 

Now, how was that transaction ratified? How did He prove to The Father that He really did die in your place?

 

He offered His blood to The Father in Heaven! Remember the life is in the blood!

 

“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.” (Heb 9:12 & 24)

 

Just as the High Priest in the Old Testament offered a spotless Lamb’s blood to God to pay for the sins of the people, so Jesus offered His spotless blood to God to pay for your sins and the sins of the entire world.

 

So, by offering His blood He was offering His life – His life for yours!

 

When this transaction took place he broke the power of Satan and sin from off your life by buying you back from the control of the devil.

 

Now, because of this you are no longer a slave to the sinful passions and appetites of your body, but have absolute authority over them.

 

You have authority because it is through the offering of Jesus’ blood you have the nature of God in you and that divine nature gives you mastery over Satan!

 

Jesus said, “Behold, I give unto you power (authority)… over all the power (ability) of the enemy,” (Lu 10:19)

 

You can overcome because you realize you have authority over the devil’s ability to deceive you. He can no longer influence and manipulate you into sinning against God, unless YOU allow him to!

 

You are the master of sin… You are not its slave anymore! All because of the blood that set you free from its control when it was used to pay for your nature change! This is what it means to overcome by the blood!

 

It is appropriating the efficacy of that blood by faith. It is you understanding that the shedding and offering of that blood is the basis of your freedom from the authority of Sin and Satan and using this knowledge and understanding to stand against the Enemy and defeat him in every conflict!

 

It is you declaring, “Devil, I am washed in the blood of Jesus! I will NOT give in to your temptation to sin and deny the Lord who bought me.

 

I plead the blood of Jesus Christ against you and deny you the right to rule over my health, my wealth or my attitude!

 

I bind you in the Name of Jesus Christ!

 

Now, go to wherever Jesus would send you  AND STAY THERE!!!

 

This… is overcoming by the blood of Jesus!

 

 

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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!”