The Fall of Mankind Chasm of the Heart
The Chasm and The Bridge
A vast chasm has opened between mankind and God.
It is a chasm of man’s making.
It is a chasm of sin.
The chasm is within man.
Some say it is a hole in their soul.
It is in the heart.
… she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
The Adversary did not speak to Adam.
A mere suggestion from Eve was all it took for Adam to disobey God.
The door was opened to Eve’s suggestion because Adam had laid the groundwork himself.
For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Disobedience is the Greek word parakoe. It is a compound word from para and akouo. Para means “alongside of” and akouo means “to hear, to have the ability to hear.”
Obedience is the Greek word hypakoe. It is also a compound word from hypo and akouo. Hypo means “under or beneath” and akouo means “to hear, to have the ability to hear.”
Here is the groundwork for the Chasm and the groundwork for the reconciliation.
The first is Adam, as he laid God’s words alongside of his own words or thoughts.
The second is the “seed of the woman” who is identified later in God’s Word as the Christ; he recognizes the words of God as superior and submits to them.
One laid God’s words aside while the other held God’s words as superior to all else.
Our first flesh and blood father, out of the freedom of his will, chose to reject the words of God.
His rebellion is imprinted upon us for we are in his likeness by blood.
And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image…
For many, the imprint of His likeness is strong.
For others, our original imprint is stronger.
And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness…
God has not separated from us; man has walked away from God, from the words of God.
God, endeavors to bring man back to his rightful place, that is, the Kingdom of God.
Some men continue to set God’s words aside and build their own bridge to they know not where. Some to destiny, some to unknown stars and a Hollywood fiction.
That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
We search to fill that hole in our soul, yet have no idea about the identity of what we seek.
It is, that portion of man that will only be sated, only be quenched, when God has been given His rightful place within the heart.
God does not recoil from sin as some men say.
He confronts it, boldly and in love, with His mercy, and grace, and forgiveness.
2 Corinthians 5:19a
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them…
The Greek word for reconciling is katallasso and it means to reconcile those who disagree.
The Greek word for reconciliation is, katallage, the noun form of the verb katallasso.
It is defined as, “the change on the part of one party only, induced by some action on the part of another…”
This is the definition of Dr. E. W. Bullinger as presented in his A Critical Lexicon and Concordance to the English and Greek New Testament.
God has taken the action in Christ and the change is now up to each heart.
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled [katallasso – past tense] to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled [katallasso – passive voice], we shall be saved [sozo -made whole spiritually] by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received [aorist tense, active voice, indicative mood] the atonement [katallage].
The word atonement is the Greek word katallage, reconciliation.
All that grammar is to say this:
The sin problem is removed. It is available to be reconciled.
Brought back to God, by the death of His son. The perfect sacrifice that the animal sacrifice imitated. For by man, Adam, came sin thus by man, Jesus, sin was paid for. Furthermore, by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, his new life has made us whole in body, soul, and spirit. So that we joy in God who took this one-time action in the past and is believing we will make the change on our part in response to His action.
God has bridged the chasm.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
This is our change; this is our part!
© Auxano Ministry 2020
All verses quoted in this teaching are from the King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.