God created man, He created two of them; one male, one female.
He made them in His likeness; meaning that He made them to look like Himself. “Let us (the triune God) make man in our image, in our own likeness ... (Genesis 1:26a) “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
Adam, like God, was meant to live forever. He was to live in love, just as God is love. It was never intended for him to be in lack. He had everything at his disposal. Adam and Eve had charge over all of God’s creation. “Let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Genesis 1:26b)
But Adam believed in a lie; a lie from the devil. God had given him a clear and firm instruction; “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) Adam and Eve were free to eat of every tree and there were thousands of them around. Restriction was put on just one tree. They however decided to side with the devil and in so doing did not give credence to God’s word. They preferred the counterfeit to the truth.
And so they died, not physically but spiritually. Their disobedience brought about separation from God. As a result they were chased from the Garden and guess who was laughing?
Satan had deceived the couple by making them believe that God was greedy and did not love them enough. If He did, He would not have denied them access to ‘the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.’ They fell for a lie more so because they wanted to be like God. “For God knows that when you eat of it (the fruit), your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5)
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realised they were naked, so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”(Genesis 3:6-7) First, they looked (saw), then touched (took) and finally consumed (ate) the fruit that God had forbidden them to eat.
Sin is a process. Satan lures us through our curiosity, the desire to know, which leads to taking a closer look, and ultimately falling for the bait.
Man has since been running after pleasure seeking to satisfy his lust and curiosity and is constantly being misled by the devil. Disobedience has not brought him satisfaction, it only whetted his appetite. Man chose to be spiritually separated from his Creator and has been lost ever since. Made by God, man of his own volition opted to believe the lie of God’s arch-enemy. From that time on, we were born into Adam and swapped masters. God severed relations with Adam and Eve after they had betrayed Him.
This disease, called sin, has affected all of humanity. “All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.” (Romans 3:23) The act of one individual can have far-reaching consequences for the members of one’s family for generations unborn, and can affect and even contaminate a whole nation. Worst still when it stems from disobedience.
The good news however is that “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:22) Jesus Christ, our Saviour, is on a rescue mission to save all of humanity—Jew, Greek, slave or free. “For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes through a man.” (1 Corinthians 15:21) That man is Christ Jesus.
Unless we choose to be born again, to change our adamic nature, we shall die. It is a choice we have to make. In order to live, we must be born again and take on the nature of Jesus, the Son of God, who came to save humanity so that we may live forever. This life has an expiry date on it and it is through Christ that our lives can be changed, for He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly, that is, to the full. (John 10:10b) The truth is that “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”(Acts 4:12)
Just as it took one individual to bring sin on board, it took also one man, the man Christ Jesus, to reconcile us to God through His death and bring us back to life. We must choose to live by becoming new creatures. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Which of us has not believed in the lie of the devil, only to find out it was a snare to separate us from the love of God? The ideal thing is for us to listen to our Maker who has our interests at heart. Put an end to the deception of the devil, and rather believe in the assurance of the eternal life that only Christ Jesus offers. Living the God-kind of life is choosing the path to life everlasting.