The Aftermath of the Fall
When man fell, the fall gave us a need for a Savior. Before that point there was no need. To understand better what Christ does for us, we need to understand that need first. When Adam and Eve sinned, to put it simply, mankind was doomed to die and disobey for the remainder of his days.
In Genesis we read these words, “of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:17. The moment the tree was eaten of they would surely die. Romans 5:12 tells us, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin.” Through Adam sin was given an entrance to this earth, and through that sin death was given an entrance to the world. All physical death that we behold is the result of that sin whether it be among mankind, in the animal kingdom, or down to the minutest cell. Death as we know it had its origin at the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Our days are numbered, and for this reason Christ offers life that has no end.
More than just physical death came into the world. Speaking of the work of God in the lives of the Ephesians the apostle Paul penned these words, “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ.” Ephesians 2:5. What does it mean to be dead in sins? Verses 2 and 3 of the second chapter explain: “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” Living like the world in following the devilish proverb “do what thou wilt” comes to mind when reading these verses. When temptation comes to do any sin whether it be adultery in its myriad forms, dishonesty, stealing, murder in the physical and spiritual sense, covetousness, blaspheming, etc. instead of being resisted is embraced and carried out that is spiritual death.
In fact from the perspective of the Bible when one has come to be quickened, that one though physically dead is still considered by heaven as alive. “I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” Matthew 22:32. To contrast this verse 1 Timothy 5:6 tells us, “But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.” One can be spiritually dead while they are yet living. Strange thought that there are many walking dead men today.
Man in and of himself is just as unable to obey the law of God as someone that is dead is able to come back from the grave on their own. Even with all the great advancements we have made in science, we are unable to bring anyone back from the dead. Likewise it is not possible for us to bring ourselves back from spiritual death or others. There is only one Lifegiver, and that is the man Christ Jesus.
When Adam and Eve sinned, they brought upon the human race, yes even the whole earth death and decay physically. Through them mankind’s moral strength was severely weakened to the point obedience was no longer possible. This is what prompted God’s promise in Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” We being the seed of the woman are promised to have our union with the devil severed by the One who has bruised his head. You who are in this condition and discouraged, look up. Your knowledge of your condition and a longing for something different are the signs that your redemption draws nigh.