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Wednesday, June 5 2013
The Conversion of Adam and Eve - Then and Now
"Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of heaven"
The first human was created as sinless as the soil from which he was made alive (Adam and Adamah).
"2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. 2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
From the sinless first human, another sinless human was created (see also The Only Child Of The Garden).
"2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
"Conversion" is defined as "An event that results in a transformation" (the WordWeb Dictionary by Princeton University). Satan converted the first humans into sinners by means of his corrupting influence.
"3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ"
Many do not realize how often the Messiah referred to the first sinless humans in His teachings, not only because they were, for a time, as sinless as the Messiah was all of His life (see Who Were The Three Sinless People?), but as a warning, and a prophecy, of the Messiah's "Saviour" (which means to salvage, or to recover) purpose. In this example, the humble and innocent "little children" were Adam and Eve and the one who "offended" those children was the Devil ("offend" means to "act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises" - exactly what the Devil influenced Adam and Eve to do).
"18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
Those who later rejected Him also chose a murderer (Barabbas).
"3:14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;" (Acts 3:14 KJV)
But who was that ultimate murderer? The devil, who "was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth."
"8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." (John 8:44 KJV)
Christian conversion is actually a restoration to the innocence of the beginning - while the Saviour, through His Sacrifice, makes possible that pardoned state of innocence for those who repent of the "conversion" that Satan inflicted upon humanity (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
"3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;" (Acts 3:19 KJV)
Notice how the teachings of the Messiah and His later servants continuously referred to the beginning - and not again allowing Satan to pervert what Christ has created (see Brides From Their Sides).
"11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." (2 Corinthians 11:2-4 KJV)
The analogy of the Church as a woman from which the children of God may be born refers directly to the original state of man, using the very same terminology i.e. "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh ... I speak concerning Christ and the church."
"5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Fact Finder: When did "grace" begin?
This Day In History, June 5
70: As prophesied by Jesus Christ (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?), Roman legions under Titus breached the middle wall of Jerusalem in the Siege of Jerusalem (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and Legions Of Men And Angels).
1249: During the Sixth Crusade, King Louis IX of France landed in Egypt (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1568: Ferdinand, the Duke of Alba, put down the Calvinist insurrection in Ghent, Belgium.
1661: Isaac Newton was admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge.
1783: Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier launched the first sustained, manned flight when their balloon rose an estimated 1,500 feet and flew 7,500 feet at Annonay, France.
1806: Holland was declared a kingdom with Louis Bonaparte as its king.
1817: The first Great Lakes steamer, the Frontenac of Kingston, Ontario, was launched.
1827: Athens fell to the Ottomans (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1832: In Paris, the June Rebellion attempted to overthrow King Louis-Philippe.
1849: Denmark became a constitutional monarchy under the terms of its new constitution.
1851: Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery Uncle Tom's Cabin (or Life Among the Lowly) began to be published in the abolitionist newspaper National Era.
1862: The Treaty of Saigon was signed, surrendering areas of southern Vietnam to France (there was no North and South Vietnam - that partition was created by France).
1883: The first regularly-scheduled Orient Express from Paris.
1933: The U.S. Congress abrogated the gold standard (i.e. money thereafter became printed paper with nothing of value to validate its face value).
1944: During the Second World War, over 1,000 British bombers dropped 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast in preparation for the D-Day invasion on June 6.
1944: The first British gliders landed on French soil in preparation for D-Day.
1945: At the end of the Second World War, the Allied Control Commission took control of Germany, dividing it into four occupation zones.
1967: The Six Day War between Israel and Arab neighbors Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon began. After it was over, Israel had taken the Sinai Desert, the city of Jerusalem and the west bank of the Jordan River. The third major Israel-Arab war (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1968: Robert Kennedy was shot in Los Angeles, just after declaring victory in the California primary, by Palestinian Arab Sirhan Sirhan who opposed Kennedy's pro-Israel statements after the Six Day War between Israel and Arab neighbors the previous year.
1975: The Suez Canal opened for the first time since the 1967 Six-Day War.
1977: The first personal computer, the Apple II, went on sale.
1984: Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi ordered an attack on the Golden Temple, the holiest site of the Sikh religion (it may have later been the excuse for her assassination by one of her own bodyguards).
2003: A heat wave in Pakistan and India produced temperatures of over 50°C (122°F).
2006: Serbia declared independence from Serbia and Montenegro.