Christ in the Old Covenant Scriptures (5)

The consequence of the decision in the garden of Eden

The first human being Adam, the representative of humankind, plunged the entire humanity and the world into darkness, by his decision in the garden of Eden. The force of darkness employed all the evil means at its disposal to erase the image of God in man, by taking advantage of the man’s decision in the garden of Eden. Because of this, the status of humankind became utterly hopeless. “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” Genesis 6:5, NIV.

The decision in Eden changed the man’s attitude and the way he thinks. The ensuing verbal and physical deeds by man reflected his wrong attitude and the wrong way of thinking accurately. The force of darkness was about to push humankind off the cliff into the eternal abyss, no possibility of return. Unknown to it, humanity was on the way to the assured self-destruction. However, God, because He loved the man, took actions to preserve humanity. First, in the garden of Eden, God prevented the man from eating the fruit of the tree of life and thus become a sinner who lives forever. Genesis 3:223. There is no salvation for a forever-sinner! Then, and in just the right time, God redirected the history of the humankind and changed its living conditions, by bringing the flood on the entire earth. Thus, God slowed-down the advancement of evil that threatened the man’s existence. Humankind, therefore, had a new beginning. However, as man multiplied after the flood, his thoughts turned evermore to his self, and he became grounded in the ways of the force of darkness. “The Lord said, ‘If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.'” Genesis 11:6, NIV. So, God confused the language of humankind at the tower of Babel, and thus preserved the helpless humanity until, in the fullness of time, He would again issue a command, “Let there be light.” John 1:9.

When the time for the fulfillment of the promise, given in the garden of Eden came, God called the Abram, and instructed him, “…go to the land I will show you…all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12: 1, 2, NIV. How would all the peoples on earth be blessed? They will be blessed by receiving the true Light who will, once and for all time, overcome the force of evil and darkness. “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.” John 1:9, NIV.

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