Note, this article is part of the Gospel series.
God created man...
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God created he him;
male and female created he them.
In the beginning, God who made the heavens and the earth, made man in
His own image. Earlier, God had made the planets, trees, fish, birds, and all land creatures,
Man was a living soul...
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living soul. Genesis 2:7
Man was unique in all God's creation in that He breathed into man. God made man different from the animals in that He not only had a physical body, but he also had a living soul.
God's one command...
And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant 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.
And the Lord God took the man and
And the LORD God commanded the man,
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,
God planted a garden in the land of Eden containing many different varieties of trees. In the middle of the garden there were two prominent trees called the tree of life, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God said that they could eat from all the beautiful fruit trees, with one exception. Concerning one of the two prominent trees in the garden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God said "DO NOT EAT!" Not only did God prohibit man from eating of the tree, but promised that in the very day that he ate of it, he would surely die.
Man disobeyed God...
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food,
After being deceived and persuaded by the serpent, she ate the fruit. Seeing the beauty of the tree and its fruit, and believing that she would be wise, she ate of it and then gave some to her husband and he also ate.But remember, God had said...
"in the day that you eat of it" ⇨ "you shall surely die"
what saith the scripture?
Did he die?
And the eyes of them both were opened,
and they knew that they were naked;
and they sewed fig leaves together,
and made themselves aprons.
So did they die? Their eyes were opened and they
sewed themselves aprons. Physically they were alive and
well. It is obvious from this passage
that Adam and Eve did not die physically. However, God
had said very clearly,
"in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die"
They did die!
Man's spiritual death
And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
And the LORD God called unto Adam,
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden,
Please notice that before they disobeyed God the scripture declares in Genesis 2:25 that
"they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed".
Now, after eating the forbidden fruit, they knew that they were naked and made aprons, they hid themselves from God's presence, and Adam was afraid when the Lord called. Something had definitely happened to them only it was not physical. The change was on the inside. Yes, they did die, just as God had promised; however, it was not a physical death, but rather a spiritual death (Ephesians 2:5, Colossians 2:13).
And you... who were dead...
...you, being dead...
What about Adam's son?
And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years,
and begat a son in his own likeness,
after his image; and called his name Seth:
When Adam gave birth to his son, it is written that the child was born in the likeness and image of his father, Adam.
Adam was created in the image of God. Seth was born in the image and likeness of his father Adam, who had become spiritually dead. Therefore, Seth, too, was spiritually dead from birth.
The same is true of all men...In order to understand more about what happened, we must go to Romans 5:12:
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world,
Through one man, Adam, sin entered into the world. The result was spiritual death, and this spiritual death then passed to all men so that every human being, every descendant of Adam, comes into the world spiritually dead.
The same is true for you...
Concerning Adam's descendants after he rebelled against God, please consider these three verses:
But not as the offence, so also is the free gift.
Therefore as by
For as by one man's disobedience many were made SINNERS,
Not only are physical descendants of Adam spiritually DEAD, but they are also CONDEMNED and called by God in the scripture SINNERS. Please notice, however, that this condition did not come about by one's own disobedience. The scripture says:
If our connection to Adam makes us DEAD spiritually...
The answer is AT CONCEPTION.
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity;
At the very moment of conception, we are connected to Adam. We have two eyes, a nose, and according to the Scriptures -- a dead spirit. So every one of us, when we are conceived, become, at that moment, a member of the human race, a descendant of Adam, and a DEAD, CONDEMNED, SINNER.
It is written...This is what God says about man, in his natural state, being born after Adam:
The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men,
For there is not a just man
All we like sheep have gone astray...
But we are all as an unclean thing,
As it is written,
There is none righteous,
no, not one:
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world,
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh...
All have sinned...In conclusion, because "by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men", all who are members of the human race are:
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