To understand man’s sin nature and why we can’t stop sinning, we must go to the beginning to understand the reasons why. It’s always best to go to the root of something in order to solve it. So let’s go.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters (Genesis 1:1-2 NLT).
But before the Lord God spoke the earth into existence in Genesis 1:3, God the Father, the Son (who existed in Word) and the Holy Spirit all existed in heaven along with the angels. Then something happened. There was inequity found in one of the Archangels. Lucifer (the devil) was found full of pride and the lust of splendor. So the Lord God threw him out of heaven.
“How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world. For you said to yourself, ‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north. I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High. Instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead, down to its lowest depths. Everyone there will stare at you and ask, “Can this be the one who shook the earth and made the kingdoms of the world tremble? (Isaiah 14:12-16)
“Yes,” he told them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning! Jesus said in Luke 10:18 (NLT).
“You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and exquisite in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God. Your clothing was adorned with every precious stone — red carnelian, pale-green peridot, white moonstone, blue-green beryl, onyx, green jasper, blue lapis lazuli, turquoise, and emerald— all beautifully crafted for you and set in the finest gold. They were given to you on the day you were created. I ordained and anointed you as the mighty angelic guardian. You had access to the holy mountain of God and walked among the stones of fire. “You were blameless in all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you. Your rich commerce led you to violence, and you sinned. So I banished you in disgrace from the mountain of God. I expelled you, O mighty guardian, from your place among the stones of fire. Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty. Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor. So I threw you to the ground and exposed you to the curious gaze of kings.
The above scripture, found in Ezekiel 28:12-17 (NLT) was talking about Lucifer, the devil. Lucifer was created as the minister of music and whenever he moved, beautiful music would sound pleasing the Lord God and all of heaven. Isn’t it ironic how music is the universal language? We are all touched by a melody. Our emotions are tied to music in a way that creates a motivation within us so strong that we would do anything to carry out the emotion music ignites.
When the devil was cast down to the ground, a third of the angels chose to go with him. I would assume that these angels were assigned to Lucifer and his ministry being that there are or were three Archangels – Michael, Gabriel and then it was Lucifer. Sometime later, God spoke the Word, “Light Be.”
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light (Genesis 1:3). For the next five (5) days, the Lord God spoke into existence everything – the sun, the moon, the birds and the bees, the trees and the seeds – everything. On the sixth day man was created to be like God.
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:26-27 NLT). At this point, we were like God, a spiritual being encompassing all the aspects of both male and female.
After the Lord God made us in His image, He blessed us and gave us dominion over all creation (except man) and He gave us the system in which everything works – through a seed (Genesis 1:27).
In Mark Chapter 4, the seed is referred to as the (spoken) word. And the Word was made flesh In John 1:1 and if that Word resides in us, then we have some of the same creative power through the Word we speak.
Every physical thing on the earth was created, except man. Remember we were a spiritual being first.
Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. The LORD God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:7-9 NLT).
Everything that man needed was furnished to him in the Garden of Eden, even GOLD (Genesis 2:11-12). God did not spare any expense when he created man. The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the LORD God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die” (Genesis 2:15-17 NLT). There are two things I must explain. If you know anything about the Lord God, from the beginning He has always given you the choice to choose. It’s our choice whether we obey the calling of sin or submit ourselves in obedience to the Lord God. Second, when the Lord God said to man, “you are sure to die” He was talking about spiritual death; being separated from God in spirit. I liken it to the umbilical cord which joins the mother and her baby. While the baby is in the womb, everything the baby needs to grow and survive when birthed is transferred through the umbilical cord. Thus, every good thing we need for life and godliness is given to us through the spirit.
Have you ever wondered what man did all day in the Garden of Eden? Definitely there was no facebook or computers at that time, he wasn’t texting. What was he doing? Man was learning how to be like his Father, God speaking into existence names of all the creatures. Whatever man called them, that is what they were. Scriptures says: We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak (2 Corinthians 4:13). It was engrafted within creation to obtain whatever we speak, good or bad for that is how the Lord God created the world. Since we were made in His image and likeness, we too have that ability to speak into existence things with our words and with the Word.
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the LORD God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.'” This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one (Genesis 2:18, 21-24).
Now remember, the Lucifer, the devil has already hit the ground. I saw in my spirit that when he hit the ground, he contaminated it. Now watch the art of deception at work.
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the LORD God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die'” (Genesis 3:1-3). Here the woman was talking about spiritual death.
This may be hard for some to accept but the woman spoke out of turn here. Although the female part of the woman was encompassed within man when the Lord God made man and gave him the command not to eat of the fruit from the tree of good and evil, once she became a physical being, she became a new creation and God didn’t give her that command. Just like when we become born again, old things have passed away, behold all things are new (2nd Corinthians 5:17). In essence, the Lord God did not give that command to the woman.
For God made Adam first, and afterward he made Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived by Satan. The woman was deceived, and sin was the result (1st Timothy 2:13-14).
Let’s continue. “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman (Genesis 3:4).
Here the devil was talking about physical death. One of our major fears is about dying. Can you see the difference between the death the woman talked about versus the death the devil referred to? When Adam sinned, everyone after him was dead spiritually. That’s why we must be born again to reconnect us back to God spiritually.
“God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). Every great sin opens our eyes to the great evil committed before the Lord God. Good was already present in the Garden of Eden. Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day (Genesis 1:31).
The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees (Genesis 3:6-8)
Already we inherited pride, and the lust of the eyes from the substance our physical bodies were made from which was the evil found in Lucifer up in heaven. Now because a spirit (like God or the devil) can’t touch physical objects, the devil used man’s body to bring corruption to mankind by convincing the woman to eat from the tree of good and evil subjecting us to always be tempted by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and/or the pride of life (1st John 2:16)
Then the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” “Who told you that you were naked?” the LORD God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” Then the LORD God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it” (Genesis 3:9-13)
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure (1st Corinthians 10:13).
Misery loves company. But it’s still your choice.