Sun am 28 November 2010 – Kobus Swart
Gen. 1:26-28; Gen. 2:8-9, 16-17; Gen. 3:1-7; Gen. 4:26; Heb. 7:22; Acts 10:43; Isa. 61:1-3; Rev. 22:2; Isa. 51:3; Song of Solomon 4:12; Isa. 11:6-7; Isa. 65:25; Rev. 22:2, 5; Rom. 8:19-23; Eph. 1:5; Eph. 2:10; Rom. 8:1-7; 1 John 5:18; Eph. 3:10
Everything that God originally created was mandated to bring forth after its own kind (Gen. 1:12, 21, 24-25). Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” (Gen. 1:26). God has always been looking for a people like Himself.
The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:8-9). The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree (including the tree of life!) of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”(in your dying you will die) (Gen. 2:16-17).
Before the fall the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed (Gen. 2:25). This was the picture in the Garden of Eden before the fall. They knew no sin; there was no consciousness of sin whatsoever. Then everything changed.
Then the serpent said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?” When Eve answered him, he said, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Notice how Satan, represented here by the serpent, always comes on a religious frequency – as an angel of light – making us doubt the word of God). Then they hid themselves from the presence of God (Gen. 3:10). After the fall and exit from the Garden “… men began to call upon the name of the LORD” (Gen. 4: 26). Intimacy – that closeness to Him was lost.
What we must see, is that Adam and Eve represent the whole human race in the “first Adam”. And herein we find one of the biggest problems of humankind – even many Christians. The experience of Adam and Eve is the key to what so many believers are going through.
When Christ – the LAST ADAM – came, He made provision for all of humanity to live on a new level, redeemed and free of the guilt and consciousness of sin! This can only become our experience when we accept His finished works. Those who are in Christ have become a NEW CREATION with their identity in the LAST ADAM. Our choice is to either allow our memory to continue to identify with the old Adam, or to identify with the reality of the Last Adam. This why it is so important to reckon ourselves dead (Christ took the whole Adamic nature to the Cross and dissolved it!) and walk with a renewed mind.
This will help us to see the nature of God’s restoration plan for the overcomers – a garden-city, as pictured in Revelation 21 & 22. Isaiah uses the following language to describe the restored garden: Indeed, the LORD will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places. And her wilderness He will make like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in her, Thanksgiving and sound of a melody (Isa. 51:3). See also Isa. 11:6-7 & Isa. 65:25. Link this picture seen by John looking from the Spirit in Revelation 22:5- And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.
There is something in the mind of man that represents the story of the Garden of Eden. The first Adam began in the garden, sinned in the garden, died in the garden and as a result, was chased out of the garden. Jesus the last Adam, passed through the garden of Gethsemane, was buried in the garden tomb, and was resurrected in that garden, turning it into a “third” garden – the garden of new life! We need to connect this parabolic language with the reality of where we are. If we understand this we will walk the highway prepared for us with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Him He has opened up a new and living way to the Father.
These two trees in the middle of the garden – the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life – represent two principles operating in the mind of every man and woman. These “trees” are both found in man’s consciousness, his thinking – the one leading to death and the other leading to life. Paul describes it as follows: For the mind set on the flesh is death,(tree of the knowledge of good and evil) but the mind set on the Spirit (tree of Life) is life and peace (Rom. 8:6).
The problem with most believers fighting the sin problem is in their memory of sin – whether they are still slaves of that sin-consciousness or not. When we are born again, we are transferred to the kingdom of God’s dear Son; our roots in the first Adam are dissolved and we are rooted in the last Adam. We now have one new nature; we are a new creation and a new creation has no past. Where a mixed gospel is preached, we activate a sin consciousness, giving a platform to the Accuser of the brethren. This then affects the way we live and worship.
Now we understand what John meant when he said, We know absolutely that anyone born of God does not deliberately and knowingly practice committing sin (1 John 5:18 Amplified). We know that none of the God-begotten makes a practice of sin–fatal sin. The God-begotten are also the God-protected. The Evil One can’t lay a hand on them. (1 John 5:18 Msg). [Hebrews 10:26 warns those who deliberately continue to sin, there remains no more sacrifice for their sins].
Refuse to set your mind on the flesh! Rather choose LIFE!