KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST, BECAUSE ADAM AND EVE DIDN’T!

Depicted here are God the Father, cherubim, angels, Adam, Eve and the serpent in the Garden of Eden in Domenichino’s painting The Rebuke of Adam and Eve …

We are at war, a spiritual war

Remember who you are. The devil went after Adam and Eve’s identity .“The moment you eat of it  your eyes will be opened”…said the serpent. Adam should have known the word and known who he was .. He should have said.. “I am already like God.”

Adam and Eve had forgotten who they were. 

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus faces an “agony” of His own as He begins a much more serious contest, a battle with the devil for the salvation of the world. Poised at the starting line of this redemptive contest, Jesus, like a runner, sweats profusely, manifesting the intensity of the ordeal He is about to undergo.

Back to Paradise

Finally, in this scene we can see Jesus reliving the test of Adam and proving Himself to be a faithful Son of God precisely where Adam was unfaithful. For example, Adam was tested by the devil in the Garden of Eden, and Jesus is tested in the Garden of Gethsemane. Adam did not trust the Father in his time of testing, preferring his own will to God’s; whereas Jesus says to the Father, “not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Adam’s disobedience led him to the forbidden Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, while Christ’s prayer of obedience leads Him to the wood of the cross— which Christians later would call the new Tree of Life.

Restoration

As the New Adam, Jesus takes on the effects of Adam’s sin. As a result of the first sin, Adam became ashamed in his nakedness, was expelled from Paradise, and received a number of curses. God said to Adam, “[C]ursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth to you . . . In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Gen. 3:17-19). Adam’s labor would no longer be easy. Now he had to toil in sweat, and the ground would often produce only thorns and thistles instead of fruit. The greatest curse of all was death. Adam no longer would live forever but would return to the ground at the end of his life.

Taking on the curses of Adam, Jesus sweats intensely in Gethsemane as He clings to His Father’s will. On Good Friday He is crowned with thorns, stripped naked, and nailed to a Cross. His body returns to the ground as He is buried in a garden near Calvary (cf. Jn. 19:41). Yet, while dying on the Cross, Jesus announces that He is returning to Paradise and beginning to take the sons of Adam with Him. One of the first to enter His Kingdom is the “good thief” to whom Jesus says, “[T]oday you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).

New beginning

As the New Adam, Jesus is faithful where the first Adam was unfaithful and takes on the curses which have plagued the human family since the fall. In His passion and death, Christ thus undoes the first sin and restores the sons of Adam to the Father.

[1] R. Brown, Death of the Messiah (New York: Doubleday, 1994), 189.

What to do……

Know the tactics of your enemy. The enemy will offer you knowledge, freedom and peace etc…. but they are not his to give. The enemy will feed you lies and accuse you of many things, one of them is that you are not good enough or that you don’t have what it takes. The enemy will hold you captive. The enemy will feed you lies and twist the truth. Jesus said (in John 8:32) the truth will set you free. Guard your thoughts. Know your weaknesses and have a plan to fight the temptation. Be transformed by the truth. Renounce the lies and the enemy will flee from you.

 

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10 thoughts on “KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST, BECAUSE ADAM AND EVE DIDN’T!

  1. Jesus was not only tested in the Garden of Gethsemane, he was tested more than once (in the desert, in the temple, on the square in the village and in the city).

    Adam and Eve could never be in Christ, because Christ was not born yet. They had only each other and the other creatures of God to live with in unison. Their act against God made that God out of love took care there was a solution for mankind. As such He provided a seed, His sent one or His only begotten son. This son of God is the Messiah we can receive as our saviour. Adam and Eve did not have to be in Christ/Kristos or the Messiah because there was no need yet for a salvation, because no faults had occurred yet in the garden of Eden.

    We now can find life in the marvellous and incredible offering this man of flesh and blood offered to mankind. In Christ Jesus we may find life. Adam and Eve had it already from the start of their life. But they lost it. We gain life.

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    1. Thanking you for your comments. The Fall had already occurred before Adam and Eve. God had Jesus in his plans already. In God’s realm there is no time.There are two natures in JC the human nature and the divine nature.

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      1. Where do you get it from that the Fall happened already before Adam and Eve. I do agree Jesus was already written down in the Book of life, the same as so many other who came living after Adam and Eve or even after us..

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