Obtaining The Divine Life


From Death to Life: the Process of Salvation


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THE FALL



Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned (Romans 5:12)

If Adam and Eve had the supernatural life and were in the presence of God, what happened? Why are we not in His presence, yearning for nothing more?

Again, the answer is rooted in the way God created man. We are made to love. But we have free will to choose what
The Fall created a breach between God and man.
we will love: will we love our Creator and the source of all love, or will we love ourself above all else?

Genesis relates this fundamental choice: "the LORD God commanded the man, 'You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; But you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die'" (Genesis 2:16-17). But then Satan told Adam and Eve two lies: that they would not die if they ate the fruit, and not only that, but they could themselves be "like God" if they ate the fruit (cf. Genesis 3:4-5).

So Adam and Eve were left to decide: would they trust in a loving God and be content in Him, or would they put themselves ahead of God and try to be like God themselves? By eating the fruit, they chose to love self over God. Did they then die? Not physically, but God had not meant a physical death; He meant a spiritual death - the supernatural life within them died. Why? In loving self over God, Adam chose to kill the supernatural life- he choose to reject God's presence within him.

Besides killing the supernatural life, there was another effect of the Fall: it created an immeasurable breach between God and man; man had no way to pay the debt for his offense against God, so it was not possible to regain this supernatural life and restore his union with God. As Genesis says, "So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden...After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life" (Genesis 3:24)- the tree of life represents the supernatural life to which man could no longer have access. There was no way for man to fix this breach, as it was the result of an offense against an infinite being (God), and therefore was beyond man's power to restore it.

Had Adam and Eve not chosen this selfish path, they would have passed the supernatural life on to their offspring, thus allowing them also to live in the presence of God. What instead happened was that their loss of supernatural life was passed on to their offspring- when we are born, we are born in supernatural death. We are unable to be in the presence of God and there is nothing we can do to fix this problem.

Thus, there were two effects of Adam's choice: (1) an infinite breach was created between God and mankind; and (2) all inherited the lack of the supernatural life within themselves- we are each born in death.


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