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In Genesis 3 we see the beginning of false spiritual teaching and the dawn of the world religious and economic systems. ALMIGHTY GOD in HIS perfect sovereignty created mankind to love and to be loved, to serve and to be served. Man was created to choose his own path. Genesis 2:8-9, “And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Some believe that man has no free will, that The LORD has predetermined our lives. Thus, we don’t have the privilege or power of choice. However, this belief is contrary to the redemptive work of The FATHER, SON and HOLY SPIRIT to save the fallen race corrupted by sin and disobedience.
In the book of DEUTORONOMY chapter 28, The LORD makes it clear man has a choice to serve HIM or serve false gods. The first 14 verses are associated with BLESSINGS FOR OBEDIENCE. Verses 15 thru 68 are associated with CURSES FOR DISOBEDIENCE. It’s interesting to note that consequences of disobedience are absolutely devastating versus loving, trusting and obeying The LORD. satan the enemy of Christ and man is first mentioned in 1 Chronicles 21:1. In the original Hebrew lanuage the name satan literally means “adversary”.
THE SUBTLETY OF FALSE TEACHING
THE MARRIAGE”CEREMONY” COMING SOON
WEARING OF A CRUCIFIX OR CROSS COMING SOON
“BOWED HEAD, EYES CLOSED IN PRAYER”COMING SOON
“THE LORDS HOUSE” COMING SOON
RESPECT FOR THE NAME of satan COMING SOON
THE CROSSING SIGN ON HEAD AND CHEST COMING SOON
PLACING A CROSS ON A GRAVE COMING SOON
PEOPLE OF ALL “RACES” COMING SOON
HE OR SHE WAS “LUCKY”! COMING SOON
DENOMINATIONS Eph. 4:4-16, 2 Tim. 2:13-17, 1 Pet. 3:15 COMING SOON
POLITICS COMING SOON
CHRISTMAS CLICK HERE
EASTER COMING SOON
ORIGIN OF “CHURCH” PRACTICES CLICK HERE
HONORIFIC TITLES COMING SOON
“SINGING” ERROR COMING SOON
WE ARE “ALL” GODS CHILDREN COMING SOON
WHAT “CHURCH” DO YOU GO TO? COMING SOON
THE ALTAR CALL COMING SOON
MEMBERS “VOTING” IN A FELLOWSHIP COMING SOON
“MORAL AUTHORITY” COMING SOON
Before satan’s fall, he was a being of great rank and importance. He was a leader of praise before the throne of the ALMIGHTY. satan gave up his exalted position because of his delusion of being greater than the GOD who created him! Isaiah 14. The serpent was craftier or cunning than any kind of beast. satan’s most effective weapon is revealed in his shrewd methods.
We cannot outmaneuver, out talk or think this supernatural being. Yet we can resist him by the power of CHRIST JESUS. John 1:4-6. The serpent was apparently a creature of beauty and attractiveness who walked upright. This appears to be the case since the LORD pronounced judgment transforming him into a creature shunned and reviled by most to crawl on it’s belly in the dust.
Satan was also informed his defeat was assured. Genesis 3:14-15. satan planned his attack aimed at what he perceived was the weakest link in the LORDS human family, Eve. GOD gave the commandment not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil to Adam. There’s no indication HE specifically told EVE about the tree.
Adam may have not have impressed upon EVE how important this command was. Genesis 2:15-17. If that was the case she was fertile ground to receive false teaching by the cunning deliver of what satan said next. “Has God indeed said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden”?” satan skillfully led Eve into a “you and me” discussion which was her first mistake.
We are called to speak the LORDS commandments to the devil. That means never to engage in debate with him. One of the spiritual lessons Jesus teaches us comes from Matthew chapter 4. Jesus is tempted in HIS humanity after 40 days of lack by satan. He used the same tactics on Eve. He hoped Christ would succumb to his weapons of pride: The lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. Our savior began HIS response to each attack on HIS OWN WORD with, “It is written”. Matthew 4.
We must Keep the rightly divided, correctly interpreted and cutting it straight WORD of ALMIGHTY GOD led by the SPIRIT of GOD firmly between us and satan. Nothing is more powerful than the WORD of GOD. satan was a liar from the beginning and will remain so till his end. Revelation 20:10. Tragically, he and all the fallen angels won’t be alone in the lake of fire.
All the lost unrepentant of mankind, including false teachers will join them. Revelation 20:11-14. The LORD created a being whose named meant “light bringer”. “You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared.”
ALMIGHTY GOD gave this heavenly being perfect beauty, wisdom and high position in heaven and on earth! Unfortunately, this being forgot he was created and not the creator. He became prideful in his heart and began his rebellion against FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT. That beings named was changed from “light bringer” to “adversary” or satan. Jesus exposed the false teaching and lies of Israel’s spiritual elders by naming them with their “father” satan. John 8:44-47.
Eve’s second mistake was to rely on her own understanding of GODS WORD. She chose to wrongly interpret the WORD by adding to it. In Genesis 3 verse 3 in response to satan’s question she says, “‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” There’s no record in scripture of a command NOT to “touch” the tree or fruit forbidden by GOD. satan lied to her about the consequences of disobeying by fueling her pride. “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
The subtle, smooth reassuring way the enemy answered had EVE hooked. It also cleverly accused The LORD of some wrong doing. The 3 fold manifestation of pride kicked in. This led to her third mistake, “So 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 to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate…”.
Her spirit became prideful, envious, lustful and rebellious. Then came the fourth mistake, she enticed her husband to share in the sin of disobedience. “…and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.” Adam made two mistakes. The first was NOT to seek help or guidance from the LORD.
Second, he chose to OBEY the voice of someone other than his creator! Adam exchanged truth, a perfect intimate relationsip, all the power and authority given eternally. This separation, hardship, sin and physical, spiritual death. Adam and Eve chose to follow the path of false teaching and it consequences. sin against GOD never affects just one or two people. “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned…
Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.” Romans 5:12-14. Praise be to CHRIST JESUS to the glory of the FATHER, “For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.”