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For the past couple of weeks, many sources from the Bible to messages to discussions have led me to realize that it is extremely important for us to understand what happened at the moment death came into this world. I want to make it clear that death came in at a particular moment. Why is that important and what does that mean?
It means 2 things:
- Prior to that moment, there was no death.
- From that moment onwards, everything on this earth is dying.
I cannot explain what it was like prior to the sin of Adam and Eve, but at that moment of sin, “flesh” was manifested. It is the thing that constantly wars with the “Spirit” (Galatians 5:17). It is sin itself which ultimately leads to death (Romans 6:23). Since there is a clear beginning of death, the “flesh,” we can safely assume that prior to this everything existed predominantly, if not completely, by Spirit. God’s Word shows us that the Spirit does not fade, and it does not die. It regenerates, renews, and exists forever.
We learn the Godhead is Spirituality in its holiest form, although He became man in order to die for us. Everywhere you look in the Word of God, you will find the Spirit and all things of the Spirit work to renew. God renews by His mercy and grace, Jesus Christ renews by His humble sacrifice, the Holy Spirit renews by replacing an old, dying man, with a new man who is alive through Christ! The fruit of the Spirit consists of characteristics that restore and regenerate “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). The Word literally uses regeneration and renewing to describe what the Holy Spirit does for the believer (Titus 3:5). There is no doubt that the Spirit dominated life on this earth prior to the sin of man must have been an amazingly wonderful renewing experience. Unfortunately, this happened:
6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. (Genesis 3)
Although it is enticing to wonder what they saw before their eyes were opened or what the earth was like or what it was like to have God in the midst of the garden, we can’t ignore what happens at that moment.Everything changed; their eyes were open; their nakedness was revealed; death was born. Immediately shame [a feeling that is the opposite, but can be equally as destructive, as pride] rushes in, and Adam and Eve feel that they must take action to stop the feeling! So, they decide to cover themselves up. This solution only worked to temporarily relieve them from the horrible feeling of shame that soon came back along with fear when the two realized the Lord God was in the midst of the garden.
8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” (Genesis 3)
It’s is scary to see how drastically that moment changed the way things work in this world. God so freely comes to the garden in search of Adam and Eve for what seems like fellowship! AMAZING! He comes down to “hang out” with his creation. But this time, before He arrives, Adam and Eve are sent spiraling down a dark path of sin. They try to regain their proper state by “covering up,” only to find it is quickly and easily thrown back into imbalance. Instead of excitement for the opportunity to commune with the Lord, in what seems like the span of mere minutes, they have been twisted to feel the opposite. Their very decisions doom them to death. Death as the ultimate consequence for their sin, and a life of constant death caused by unfulfilled attempts that solve nothing. To add insult to injury, instead of turning to the God who created them, the God who loves them, the God who is their only hope out of it, they decide to hide from Him.
Do you ever try and “cover up” your sin only to watch it come back twofold? Do you ever hide instead of turning to God when in need?
Death isn’t simply an ultimatum at the end of a long life. Death is all around us. It is a slow fade of accepting what was brought into this world at that moment long ago and denying the Spirit which was lost during the same. Everything we see is fading. It is falling down. It is wasting away. It is empty. The deeds of the flesh lend themselves to this inescapable emptiness by acting like a cup that is only the size of a sip. It constantly runs out; it never satisfies; it always needs to be refilled.
The good news is God knew this would be our fate even before that very moment. That is why He warned us. That is why He told us not to eat from the tree. But being the stubborn children we are, with a little push over the edge from an unsavory character, we decided maybe He didn’t know and maybe we should find out for ourselves. What a horrible decision! Thankfully our God is merciful. He recognized our fault, and He knew the destructive end of our path. He did not want that path for us, and He loved us so much that He provided the Way to gives us back the amazingly wonderful, renewing Spirit we once had. The new Way, if we accept it, infuses our heart and being with the Spirit. It puts a once lost experience back in our reach. It regenerates us and it brings us back to life. It offers us a cup that overflows. It realigns us forever with the pure, unchanging, ever-loving and glorious God!
Death came into this world and tried to tell us there was no choice but to accept its fate! It tried to make us forget a life we once had. It tried to suffocate us. It tried to tie us down with chains.
But Jesus Christ said no… He broke those chains, and death could do little to stop Him.