Edward O’Hara Sun 12/29/2019 2:18 PM…
As I said in my last article I will show here more details on the need for the atonement from the events in the garden… and more.
One thing we must do as Christians are we must believe what the Bible plainly says so we can know God and what it is that God has done for us in salvation. Because when we believe what we have been told without confirming its truthfulness, as Paul commended the Bereans for doing in Acts17.11, from the plain teaching from the plain language in our Bible, we will set ourselves up for being deceived. So I won’t continue through the plain language in the Genesis account along with some other scriptures to see if that has happened. And how knowing the truth from what the Bible plainly says can fix that if it has.
In Gen.1 we see some of what mankind was when God created him. In it God says; “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and overall the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created him, them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”Gen.1:26-28.
In this passage, we see several things that define for us what the image of God is that He made man in. We see that God made mankind in His likeness, and gave mankind dominion over things on earth, and the free will to exercise it. So from this passage, we see that the image of God that the first man and woman were made in is His likeness, dominion, and free will.
And when we read further in Genesis we get more details about what man was when God created him. In these added details we see that God “formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.”Gen.2:7. With this added information we see not only that the image of God in man is likeness, dominion, and free will. But, we are also told what it is that the man was made. There are two parts. A body made of the dust of the ground and a breath of life breathed into his nostrils. So it was from these two being united that man became a living soul.
This added information is helpful in determining what exactly man was when God created him. This is helpful because when we know this it helps us understand exactly why God had to come to earth in the same flesh all men have to live and die as a man as Heb.2:14 says He did.
God says Adam was a living soul. The first thing we see is the two parts man is made from, and that God says man became a living soul when the two parts were put together. This will become a crucial piece of this soteriological puzzle as we proceed. The word for soul in the Hebrew is nephesh. And when we put the word living with it as we see in Gen.2:7, Strong’s correctly defines a living soul is a living breathing creature. So now we see that the man God created is a living breathing creature made in His likeness, with dominion and free will.
When we keep reading in Genesis we find more evidence of what man was, and equally as important what man was not, when God created them. We see in Gen.7:14,15 and 7:21,22 that all animals, birds, and creeping things also had the breath of life breathed into their nostrils that Adam had breathed into theirs. “And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of the beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.”
This means that the breath of life God breathed into the nostrils of both mankind and animals, birds, and creeping things had to be just air. Why? Because of the breath of life was the spirit that God placed in mankind as some have falsely believed, then these passages show that animals, birds, and creeping things must have the same spirit of God in them that men do.
But, since the Bible plainly says that only mankind is made in God’s image we know this can not be true. And since it can’t be true then the breath of life must have been only air and not spirit. Therefore all mankind beginning with Adam are natural beings just as all animals, birds, and creeping things are. So man is only different from animals, birds, and creeping things in his creation because he is alone was made in the image and likeness of God having dominion and free will.
And to put the cherry on the top that conclusively shows that mankind was not made a spiritual being when God created him we need only to look at the plain language used by the apostle Paul to describe what Adam was when God made them. This is found in 1Cor.15:45-47. Here we see Paul saying; “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.”
What all of these passages show us is that the first people were not made spiritual beings. But, that they were only natural. Of the earth earthy. Flesh and blood. And when we look at what Paul says in vs.48-50 we see that all men are just as Adam was when God made him. And when we look at Paul’s teaching about the natural man in 1Cor.2:14 we see that what Adam was when God made them is a being who could not relate to spiritual things. Because Paul says here, “But the natural man receiveth, not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
This was Adam when God created them. And all mankind when they are born. Not evil. But, only natural as Paul said. Made that way because when God made them they were made only for inhabiting the earth. They were only equipped to be able to relate to the natural world around them. Which is exactly what we see in Gen.1:26-30. And in the following verses in 1Cor.15 (vs.48-50) Paul makes it abundantly clear that all men are the same when they are born as Adam was when God made them.
Now with all this information, we can see that when we consider what happened when Adam ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil it could only have been physical death that came to him. Because God said He did not create them with any spiritual component to them. So that there was no spirit in them that could die. This is why we see God telling Adam “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”And we now see that it was this same physical death that passed to all mankind because Paul taught that all men are born the same as Adam was when God created him. And that it was because of what God said in Gen.3:22 that they died; “And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as 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”. So it was not a punishment for sin that brought death to Adam. It was not being able to eat from the tree of life that did.
So if we believe what the Bible plainly says in all these passages we can also see how it affects what Paul taught in Rom.5:12-18. Because in it Paul says that the sins from Adam to Moses were not imputed to them(Rom.5:13). This means that no one is held accountable and that death is not a punishment for Adam’s sin. Not even for Adam. But, that it was only because the man became “as one of us” that God sent him from the garden. So that when Paul says “Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.” He is telling us here that it was the denial of access to the tree of life that brought physical death(condemnation) to all mankind. And has nothing to do with inheritance or imputation of Adam’s sin as Rom.5:13,14 plainly confirms.
And because Adam was not made a spiritual being, but the only natural, we must conclude that it was only physical death that came to Adam that then passed to all mankind. And as I showed before it is only because no one could eat from the tree of life. Because Paul makes it clear that this physical death did not come by way of Adam’s progeny inheriting it from him. Or from Adam’s sin is imputed to them and thereby making them guilty of it so that the penalty of death would be enforced as it is under the law. It could not because Paul says that until Moses there was no law.
So death passed to all men from an outside source. And that source was from all men no longer being able to eat from the tree of life. So that the physical death that came to Adam when he ate the fruit is not passed to all men as a punishment or penalty for Adam’s sin being imputed to us. But, rather was only a result of no one being able to eat from the tree of life.
What all this means is that all those who teach that Adam was a spiritual being when God made him do not get this from the Bible. And all those who believe that death was the punishment God punished Adam and the rest of mankind with do not get this from the Bible. And all those who believe that Adam’s nature changed to an evil sinful one when he ate the fruit do not get this from the Bible. Because God said the only change that happened IN them when they ate the fruit was “the man has become as one of us to know good and evil”.
How could Adam’s nature change to something evil if God says the knowledge he gained from eating the fruit made them become more like Him? It can’t… unless you believe God is evil. But, that again would not be because the Bible says so. And how can anyone inherit an evil nature from Adam if it does not exist? They can’t. But, those who do believe these false teachings have done so only because they have believed what they were told the Bible means by someone who has been deceived to believe such unBiblical nonsense. The nonsense that was first brought to the church through the false Gnostic pagan teachings of Augustine. The doctor of theology for the pagan Roman Catholic religion. And propagated by such “luminaries of the church” as Martin Luther and John Calvin. Rather than believing what the Bible plainly says.
So this is the problem we come to when we base our beliefs on what someone else tells us the Bible means, instead of believing what the Bible plainly says. We may be deceived into believing a different gospel. A different God. A different Jesus. And a different atonement. And then will be left reprobate because we have not “examined ourselves to see whether we be in the faith” as Paul said we must.2Cor.13:5. But, it is my sincere hope that this article has helped you to make a good start at examining exactly why you have believed what you believe.
If you are reading this God is calling you. He loves you and wants you to know Him. Because knowing Him is eternal life.John17:3. So if you do not know Him please take the time right now to pray and confess Jesus as Lord of your life. And believe that He has raised from the dead. In doing this and really meaning it you will be saved from death to life. From sin to righteousness. And from the wrath to peace with God. Because when you trust in Jesus you leave the old life behind where you trusted in idols, and now trust in Jesus who Himself is the only WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.
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