While many things could be written about Godly men I have decided to limit this series to four parts and this final part will be about the fall of man and God’s answer today. The bible does not say how long Adam had lived before he became lonely and God created Eve from a rib from Adam. Adam was so overjoyed with Eve and the bible does not say how long it was before Adam took Eve for granted and did not protect her so sin came into the world. The record of how sin came into the world is found in Genesis 3: 1-6. We find that the serpent deceived Eve but what I do not understand is that the bible indicates that Adam observed the temptation but did not use his Godly character to protect Eve. Genesis 3:6 tells us that Eve took the fruit and ate it and gave it to Adam who was with her. We must be very clear Eve was deceived and deception is understandable, but Adam was not deceived he chose to disobey God and then displayed the characteristic of disobedience, he did not accept responsibility for his actions so he blamed Eve. I have observed this is how disobedient people act they always blame other people for their disobedience. We read the account of Saul being commanded by God to destroy the Amalekites in 1 Samuel 15: 10-23 which he did not do but in verse 20 Saul said to Samuel “I have obeyed the Lord”. When confronted by Samuel Saul blamed others and not himself. 1 Samuel 15: 22-23 says:  “Then Samuel said: ‘ Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed to the fat of rams. For rebellion (disobedience) is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has rejected you from being king’”. From this verse, I understand how God looks at disobedience and the bible is full of encouragement to obey Him. This is the hallmark of Jesus when He was on the earth – He obeyed His heavenly Father, even to the point of dying on the cross to pay the price for our sins. Before I look at what Jesus achieved on the cross it is important to understand that Jesus defeated satans temptations by the application of the truth of God’s word. Romans 5:19 says: “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one man’s obedience (Jesus) many will be made righteous”.  1 John 3:8 says: “For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil”. It is so important to understand that Satan has been defeated and has no power over us. When I became born again and have asked Jesus to be Lord of my life it is important to understand what the bible says has taken place in our life. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18a says: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God”. 1 John 4:4 says: “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world”.  Acts 17:28a says: “For in Him (Jesus)we live and move and have our being”. These verses tell us that when we are born again we are new people and we live with the nature of God. When we are baptized in water our old sinful nature becomes dead and has no power over us. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit we have God’s strength and ability and with our Heavenly language, we build ourselves up spiritually and declare God’s plans and purposes. Finally, God wants us to revert to how we were originally created in the image and likeness of God.

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