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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).

Eden

"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.

2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

2:10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. 2:11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 2:12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. 2:13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. 2:14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.

2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." (Genesis 2:4-17 KJV)

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.

2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed." (Genesis 2:18-25 KJV)

"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.

The Flaming Sword

"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?

3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?

And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 3:19 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.

3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. 3:22 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 for ever: 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." (Genesis 3:1-24 KJV)

"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).

A Lady

"18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

18:2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 18:5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. 18:7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!" (Matthew 18:1-7 KJV)

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.

5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband." (Ephesians 5:25-33 KJV)

Fact Finder: When did "grace" begin?
See Grace In The Garden


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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).

Fallen Stones 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.


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