Jesus in Revelation (22)

The fatal decision and its consequences

The Woman was deceived and became a transgressor by eating the forbidden fruit. However, she did not make humankind a sinner, only herself. Adam’s intelligent decision and a deliberate choice impacted the whole of humanity. Adam’s decision was willful; he knew what the consequence would be. “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.” 1 Timothy 2:14, NKJV. The first human pair did not act in darkness. God gave them all the necessary knowledge for an intelligent decision, and they knew the consequence of disobedience.

Additionally, they knew what measures God would take to redeem the earth and save its inhabitants. “For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into freedom and glory of the children of God.” Romans 8:20 – 21, NIV. Therefore, Adam hoped that the plan of salvation, which will restore the humankind to God, would also restore nature into God’s dominion. (Some translations have that God hoped; however, God knows everything there is to know so He does not hope, to Him it always IS) Adam, because he understood the consequences, hoped that God will accomplish the salvation of the humankind, as He promised.

By his willful, intelligent decision, Adam made the entire humankind sinner by nature and, therefore, the Enemy of God. The enmity between humankind and God continued until the cross at Golgotha. Because God loved humanity, He put it under grace and delayed the punishment for sin until the cross at Golgotha. Romans 3:25. God announced in the garden, that He will, in the fullness of time, defeat the Enemy, Satan, and destroy the evil forever. Accordingly, God cursed the serpent, representing Satan, and stated that His Salvation, Jesus, would crush the head of evil in the fullness of time. “So God said to the serpent: … ‘And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heal.” Genesis 3:14 – 15, NKJV. The Seed of the Woman refers to the Messiah, who came into the world through Woman.

The Seed of Woman Jesus Christ defeated the evil by crushing its head the Satan and overthrew him as the prince of this world. He rescued humankind from the kingdom of Satan and restored it to God. “‘Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.'”  “John 12:31, NKJV. Satan is no longer the prince of this world, but he still looks for an opportunity to lead the people away from Christ. God accomplished what He promised, in the body of Jesus Christ, on the cross at Golgotha. God has reconciled the humankind to Himself by removing the sin which created the animosity between Him and the people. 2 Corinthians 5: 18 – 19. God accomplished it all because He “so loved the world” that He abandoned His Son on the cross at Golgotha. After this one, the ensuing blogs will describe the Enemy’s attempts to frustrate God’s plan for humankind.

The Lamb opens the scroll; read the next blog.

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Dan Lazich

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