The spiritual corruption of man after
Adam’s sin is overwhelming.
Man no longer has holy spirit, and with the loss of holy spirit comes the end to man’s perfect fellowship and communion with God. Man also now has only a limited spiritual understanding after he has lost holy spirit. Now man learns by way of his five senses. Yet the results of Adam’s sin go far beyond these spiritual problems.
Adam was for all intents and purposes immortal before he sinned. His complete perfection had no time limit. His life, in all areas, had no faults or weaknesses that would have caused his life to end.
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin;
and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
The Greek word, thanatos, used for “death” here means the natural end to life .
Romans 6:20-21, 23
For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed?
for the end of those things is death. For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Again, the direct result of sin is death. First came the spiritual death with the loss of holy spirit. Then, in time, will come the physical death.
It is like a child who disobeys his parents and gets into the cookie jar. When the parents walk into the room and see Johnny eating the cookies there is an immediate result called grounding or a time out. However, there can also be a result that is not as immediate, that being, a stomach ache. This one act of disobedience has caused more than one result in Johnny’s life. Johnny’s parents did not cause the grounding or time out, Johnny did when he disobeyed. Neither did Johnny’s parents cause the stomach ache; Johnny is responsible because he ate too many cookies.
When Adam sinned he walked away from the perfection of God and the perfection God had given to him. This resulted not only in his spiritual death, which is the loss of holy spirit, it also corrupted his physical life or soul life.
Again, consider a car. All of the parts in a car work together when it is operating at its optimum capacity. Man was designed as a three part being. All three parts are required for man to function at his optimum best. If your new car is lacking tires and wheels, so that it cannot move; not only will it never function to its best potential, it will sit there in your driveway and deteriorate in the weather. When man lost holy spirit he lost the main aspect of the life God had given to him. From the moment man lost holy spirit his physical nature began to corrupt and deteriorate. Its natural end is now death!
For the life of the flesh is in the blood...
There is a pattern to sin that is laid out in the book of James. It helps us understand what happened with Adam and Eve.
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin:
and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Pattern of All Sin
James 1:14-15 lust - excessive desire that attaches itself to the object desired
entice - catch by bait
conceived - seized
This word lust, epithumia in the Greek, means an excessive desire that attaches itself to the object desired . Enticed, deleazo in the Greek, means to catch as by bait. And you should notice that the words “his own” are used in this verse.
This is a person who has a desire for something. Nothing unusual about having a desire, everyone has desires. But this is a desire that becomes excessive and it is all that the person can see. It dangles in front of this person like bait. By his own overwhelming desire he is caught by the bait. The word conceived, syllambano in the Greek, means to seize. This is a free will decision on the part of the person to want something more than he needs it.
Once the bait has been taken, it brings forth sin, or wrong conduct, and sin brings forth death. What man fails to realize is that all sin is separation from God. And separation from God only brings death. God is the Author of life. God gives life. Separation from God brings the opposite of what God offers to all men.
This is what Adam did in the Garden. He separated himself from God. This brought about the immediate result of the loss of holy spirit and the long term result of physical death.
Remember, in the Garden, Adam is perfect in body, soul and spirit. There is no death in Adam. Now, in order for Adam to die physically, the life in his blood must now be corrupted. This brings with it not only the ultimate effect of death, it also carries with it the temporary condition or situation called sickness. Sickness is death in part.
In his perfect natural nature, Adam would never have experienced sickness or disease. He would not have gotten the flu or a cold. He was perfect! The life of his flesh was perfect.
But now, after sin, Adam will have sickness and disease. He can become sick and he won’t always feel good. Ultimately, he will die. The life of Adam will have a conclusion. Yet that is not the totality of the result to sin in his body of flesh. Adam no longer has perfect peace or rest within his mind.
The life of the flesh, which is in the blood,
has now become corrupted.
This blood flows throughout his entire body and will have its effect on every aspect of his physical life. Further, Adam is no longer locked into fellowship with God. Prior to his sin, the only thoughts in his mind were the thoughts of God. These thoughts would have been peaceful and loving and profitable. Now Adam is cut off from God and the thoughts of God. Adam will begin to entertain thoughts that are not peaceful and loving. Remember the effects of righteousness that we looked at in another teaching? They were having no fear in your life and also having security and trust. Further we saw that the work of righteousness is peace. Adam’s action of disobedience is attacking all of these areas. Look at Adam’s response to God coming to the garden after he has sinned. Then compare this to how Adam was acting prior to his sin.
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.
What a verse of scripture! Adam’s first response is to hide from God! Why? Adam is hiding because he is afraid to face God. Fear is not peaceful. Fear is not profitable. Moments after Adam commits sin the peace in his mind has evaporated. Now Adam is holding fear in his thoughts.
This also shows us the lack of spiritual understanding that a man has without holy spirit. Does Adam really think he can hide from God? This is the One who created the heavens and the earth! Where can anyone hide? Next he is holding fear concerning God. God has never demonstrated anything but love to Adam. Adam’s spiritual understanding has become so limited he invents a different character for God. Adam is afraid of something God has never shown nor conveyed. Adam is afraid God will get him and therefore, he hides.
The word hid basically means to withdraw due to fear . Adam experiences fear and anxiety for the first time in his life. Adam is hiding from God due to a fear he has of possibly being rejected by God. Suddenly, Adam remembers the words of God, "thou shalt surely die," but he no longer understands that his spiritual death has already taken place. He becomes afraid that God's words refer to his physical life! Adam sins and suddenly, he has no idea about the nature or character of God!
Man is a complete mess, in all areas of life and living, when he lacks holy spirit. The mind of a natural man, meaning a man of body and soul only, is so corrupt that he can become delusional about someone who has never shown him anything but love. Someone who has only freely given to Adam is now considered to be a source of peril and harm.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
God had not given Adam a spirit of fear. But the moment Adam losses his spirit from God he is filled with fear. Further, this verse goes on to say that the spirit men and women have received from God brings a sound mind. The word used in the Greek text here could literally be translated a sane mind. Clearly, Adam’s mind is not sane after he has lost holy spirit.
Thou shalt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Perfect peace comes when your mind is stayed, or focused, on God. But that is not the whole of this verse because in Genesis 3:8 you could say that Adam’s mind was stayed or focused on God. Today many people have their minds focused on God but have utterly no peace, just like Adam who is hiding to avoid the rejection of God. The second portion of this verse says that not only is your mind to be stayed on God but in order to have this perfect peace you must trust Him.
Adam’s problem in Genesis 3:8 is the same problem many people have today. They have no trust in the words that God has spoken. When you do not trust God, when you do not trust His words, then you will not hold the perfect peace that He has made available. Adam gave away, or gave up, his perfect peace when he made the decision to obey the words of the Devil rather than the words of God.
God has told people today that His Son Jesus Christ accomplished redemption for every person who wants to accept it. With this redemption God will make any person as righteous as He, God, is Himself (2 Cor. 5:21). Yet many still work to make themselves righteous before God. Many still work to achieve what God has freely given to all people in the sacrifice of His Son. When we act in this manner, we are acting like Adam and it will cost us our peace because we do not trust the words of God. However, the awesome difference between Adam and those who believe in this administration of Grace, is that we will not lose holy spirit, only the peace that God has given to us.
This is now the second area where we can see results from Adam’s sin. Physically his blood, the life of his flesh, has become corrupted. He will now have to deal with sickness and he will have to deal with a natural mind that has thrown away the peace God gave to him.
Result’s of Adam’s Decision
SpirituallyEph. 2:1spiritually dead 1 Cor. 2:14can not understand spiritual matters PhysicallyRom. 8:5-8nature is corrupted, now a sin nature mentally - peace is replaced with fear bodily - sickness and death enter
Yet there are still other results to the sin of Adam that mankind will now have to deal with on a daily basis. This is where we will come to a greater understanding concerning the “so-called” kingdom of man.
When Adam sins, the earth itself, becomes corrupt and dangerous. In the Garden of Eden there is no mention of bad weather, earthquakes and other disasters. That is because these things are not a part of the plan of God. God did not make a self destructing planet. Today when insurance companies call a natural disaster an “act of God” they have no knowledge of what they are saying. The only thing that exceeds the arrogance of an insurance company is their spiritual ignorance.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.
God ordered the things of the earth; the land and the seas, the plants and the fruit. And when God was all done with this work, He said, “it was good.”
And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good.
And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
After all of the work of reordering the heaven and the earth was completed, God looked at His work and said, “it was very good.” As God is perfect and the man He had formed, made and created was perfect, so to, the earth and all that is therein, was made perfect by God. Yet Adam’s sin changes this also.
And unto Adam He said,
Because Thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife,
and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying,
Thou shalt not eat of it:
cursed is the ground for thy sake;
in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.
This translation gives the reader a completely wrong mind set of what God has said here to Adam. “For” is more accurately translated “because of” and the verse would then read, “cursed is the ground because of you.” It was because of what the man, Adam, had done, that the ground becomes cursed. To this day, the ground is still cursed because of the actions of Adam.
For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly,
but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope.
This verse of scripture is filled with understanding and wisdom for us when we have some idea of what the Greek words mean. The word creature is the Greek word for creation and refers to the whole creation; the earth, the animals, the plant life, even humanity.
“Was made subject to” are the English words in this verse translated from the Greek word hupotasso. It is in the past tense but “was made” would be better translated “became” while still carrying the central meaning of hupotasso of “to line up under.” Vanity, mataiotees in the Greek, should read “meaningless results and disappointing misery.” While the word willingly, hekon in the Greek, means purposely.
Knowing what these words mean gives us an entirely different outlook about what God has to say in this verse of scripture. The whole creation became subject to disappointing misery and meaningless results, but not on purpose.
This verse tells us a few things: first, the whole creation became this way when it lined up under disappointing misery. This took place because Adam sinned and Adam had dominion at the time of his sin. Second, we see here that Adam did not fully understand the results of his actions. He did not realize the whole of creation, including all of mankind, was going to be in misery.
Remember, Adam did understand he was going against the Will of God, but he did not foresee all the misery his decision would cause. Adam did not make the creation subject to meaningless results and disappointing misery on purpose. Just as Johnny did not get a stomach ache on purpose but it happened because he disobeyed his parents and ate too many cookies. However, regardless of Adam’s awareness, the results are the same, disappointing misery for the whole creation because he decided to disobey God.
Why disappointing misery? Because Lucifer, the Devil, is now the god of this world.
Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption...
Bondage means slavery and corruption means spoiling. The creation was made subject to the slavery of being spoiled. But this raises some questions in one’s mind.
Since the sin was Adam’s, results to him are easy to understand. He sinned and he lost holy spirit. He sinned and the life in his blood becomes corrupted. But why does the earth pay a price for Adam’s sin? Exactly how does the earth become corrupt or put in to the slavery of being spoiled ?
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Dominion means to rule or have authority over. And the word for “them” is Adam in the text. God gave Adam rulership or authority on the earth and over everything on the earth.
An interesting, as well as important, point is the word used for earth in this verse. The word earth means, “with some accompanying word of limitation, it is used of some portion of the earth’s surface.” This means that Adam was the ruler of the entire earth if there is not a limitation placed upon his rulership.
In Genesis 1:26 there is no limitation applied to Adam’s rulership. His rulership appears to apply to the entire earth. However, if this is true, then it will have to fit within the context of God’s Word. For if the Word of God is perfect, then it cannot contradict itself. The immediate context and the remoter context must still fit and flow so as not to contradict.
In the immediate context we learn that there is a limitation placed upon the rulership of Adam. It is the Garden of Eden. Adam does not rule in the Garden.
And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Adam was not the ruler in the Garden. Adam was in the Garden to dress it and to keep it. Adam worked or served in the Garden rather than ruled. Ezekiel 28:13a
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God...
Not Adam’s garden but God’s Garden. God holds authority in the Garden of Eden. Adam simply served in the Garden. Perhaps it can best be understood in light of the Temple. The High Priest served in the Holy of Holies. All of the priests served and worked in the Temple, but the Temple was considered the habitation of God.
So we can see that Adam is the ruler of the earth, with the exception of the Garden of Eden. In the Garden, God held the authority, it was in God’s power and dominion rather than Adam’s. Now this becomes very important when we consider how the earth became corrupted, which is the question we now need to answer.
And the devil said unto him [Jesus Christ],
All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me;
and to whomsoever I will I give it.
Delivered means “to hand over or surrender” . The Devil received the earth and all that inhabited the earth because Adam surrendered it to him. Adam handed the earth, and all living creatures on the earth, over to the Devil. This also takes place when Adam sins in the Garden of Eden. At that time, Genesis 3:6, the Devil gains the authority Adam had received from God. And from this point, even unto today, he is called the “god of this world.”
2 Corinthians 4:4a
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not...
Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
Now you can talk about earthquakes or floods being an “act of god” as long as you understand which god is doing the action. We can also see now why God allows the Devil to roam the earth in our day and time, ever since the Garden of Eden.
God is Just and He backs up his Word. When Adam surrendered his power and authority to the Devil, God had to honor the action of Adam. He presented Adam with a gift and Adam in turn handed it over to the Devil. If God did not honor Adam’s free will decision, then how could we trust him at any other point in His Word? Adam had the authority and he surrendered it to the Devil. God’s hands were tied.
The Devil is called the god of this world and the prince of this world. Adam was God’s prince of this world. Adam was the one who held the authority from God over this world. The word prince means, first in power, authority or dominion, ruler. The prince of this world now is the Devil. It is he, who holds the power, and the authority, and the dominion of this world.
For people to say today that we have a kingdom of man demonstrates a lack of spiritual understanding and perception. Man is not the ruler today, the Devil rules on this earth. Adam moved man out of the Kingdom of God and into the kingdom of the Devil. A kingdom which the Devil did not have until Adam presented him with one. There should only be a plant kingdom, an animal kingdom and the Kingdom of God. God never intended a kingdom of man or a kingdom of the Devil.
To understand exactly what happened with this transfer of authority we need to read in the book of Romans.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness.
Whatever you obey, you are the servant of that thing. If you are a drug user and you obey your body’s cravings for the next fix, then you are obeying those drugs and you have become their servant. This word obey means, to listen to and then to do, to be submissive. If you obey sin, as Adam did, then you are the servant of sin.
The word for servant here is doulos. A doulos is a bondslave. The Old Testament teaches us many things about the relationship between the bondslave and his master. One of the aspects of this master- slave relationship was how anything that the slave owned or had in his possession was considered the masters. Therefore, the authority that God had freely given to Adam was transferred to the Devil. That was how the Devil gained power in our world and why he is called the god of this world.
Another aspect of this master - bondslave relationship that is presented in the Old Testament is the method of terminating the relationship. The only legal way to end a doulos relationship was by death. The bondslave was committed to his master for life. The only way for Adam to pay off his bondslave debt was to die. But this would then have presented God with a major problem. If Adam dies, there is no mankind. And without mankind, God would be unable to bring forth a Redeemer who would legally buy back the earth and mankind. Also without mankind, the Devil becomes the permanent ruler of the earth. These were not acceptable solutions to God.
As the Paradise Administration comes to a close the Devil is now the ruler of the earth. He has the authority God had given to Adam over this world. Man is now the servant, the bondslave, of sin. Man has also lost his holy spirit, and with it, his spiritual understanding. Further, man has moved from a pure and perfect natural nature, to a corrupt nature. Man has moved from God working within him, to death working within him.
Complete Results of Adam’s Decision
SpirituallyEph. 2:1spiritually dead 1 Cor. 2:14can not understand spiritual matters PhysicallyRom. 8:5-8nature is corrupted, now a sin nature mentally - peace is replaced with fear bodily - sickness and death enter PositionGen. 1:26dominion (rule of the earth with the exceptions as listed) exception: Gen. 2:15 - Garden of God Luke 4:6delivered (surrendered) unto me 2 Cor. 4:4god of this world For a time, man and God were in perfect union, perfect harmony. Now there is a chasm. A chasm caused by the sin of man. One sin made a great gulf, a great chasm between God and man. Now, when man leaves the Garden, all man does is add to this great chasm with more sins.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Adam’s thoughts were the thoughts of God. Adam’s way was the way of God. But then he decided to take a different course, a different direction. And now, man is separated from his God.
It is the saddest thing to see and understand; to walk with God perfectly and then to walk away, to turn your back on God and choose to do something else, something much, much less.
Many have implied that it was God who walked away, that God cannot handle sin and thus, had to leave. Because of this misunderstanding, some have taught that God forsook His only begotten Son on the cross. These have simply failed to look at the heart of God, as He expressed Himself in His Word. It was Adam, and mankind, that walked away from God. It is man who rejected God. Thankfully, God has never walked away from man or given up on man.
For those who are of the opinion that God has to walk away from sin because He is all good, first, I would simply ask you to consider the illogic of such a statement.
When my oldest son was just about three years old, my wife and I had a house guest, I’ll call her Betty. Betty had her one year old child with her. Neither my wife nor I knew that Betty had the habit of putting her daughter to sleep each night by giving her adult cough medicine designed to make an adult sleep. One morning, shortly after I had left for work, my son went into our guest’s bedroom and found an open bottle of liquid that he decided to taste. It was cherry flavored and so he drank the whole thing.
Within an hour after he drank this liquid my wife and I were in the hospital with our son, he was fighting for his life, he had been poisoned. Thankfully, my son won his fight and is a very healthy teenager today. The point of my story is simply to ask one question. Where do you think I was while my son was fighting for his life? Where would any parent be if one of their children was fighting for his life? So how can anyone logically say that God left his only begotten Son while he was hanging on the cross with his life in the balance?
God’s reaction to sin is clearly seen when you look at the transition from the Paradise Administration to the Patriarchal Administration.