The 6 Consequences of the Fall of Man
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.
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He was originally made in the image and likeness of God and called His son, able to function at an extremely high spiritual, mental and physical level.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.
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.
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.
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.
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!