... a story of reconciliation.
Last week we talked about redemption and how through the price that Jesus paid for us, we have been redeemed from every curse of the law. The price that was due for our sin was paid in full by Jesus' death on the cross.
But it seems since the dawn of church history, we as men and women have been taught that Adam and Eve were cursed in the Garden because of their sin of disobedience.
Well, here comes the controversy....
Adam and Eve were NEVER cursed in the Garden!!
And by the way, if I'm clearing up long standing myths... let me also clear up the belief that Eve ate an apple or some other fruit and Adam ate it too. In actuality, Eve believed the "fruit" of satan's mouth. Proverbs 12:14; Proverbs 13:2 and Proverbs 18:20 all describe the "fruit of [a man's] mouth." The fruit of one's mouth are our words. Eve believed satan's words and told (gave) them to Adam and he did believe (eat) also.
Then after all this went down and God came to confront Adam, He first cursed the serpent - Genesis 3:14. Then God gave the woman the consequences of her actions. The He gave Adam the consequenses of his actions, and finally God then cursed the ground for Adam's sake.
You see, when God created Adam and Eve He blessed them. And because God is the Almighty Creator, every thing He speaks creates truth. This is why God cannot lie. His word creates truth. The truth God spoke over Adam and Eve were blessings. God cannot curse what He has already blessed.
However, since Adam and Eve were not cursed, but only the ground and satan were cursed, we (mankind) were subject to the curse of the ground and the curse of the enemy as a consequence of disobedience. That disobedience relinquished our blessing to the hands of that which was cursed.
Genesis 1:28 "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it and have dominion over [it]." Every blessing God originally gave mankind was then subject to the curse of the enemy or the curse of the land.
Oh, but praise God for Jesus! Praise God for His death! Praise God for His resurrection! Praise God for redemption and Praise God for reconciliation!
Galatians 3:13 says we are redeemed from every curse of the law because Jesus became a curse for us.
But give praise and glory to the Lord of Hosts, because II Corinthians 5:18 says, "And all things are of God, who hat reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hat given to us the ministry of reconciliation;"
Redeemed means: to pay off; to ransom; to deliver from sin; to fulfill a promise; to make amends or atone; to restore.
And Reconciled means: to settle a quarrel; to make consisten; to make friendly.
Through our redemption we are reconciled from the original act of disobedience in the Garden - we are reconciled back to our original blessing. It was never revoked - God never repents of His blessings or promises to us. But instead, we are delivered from every curse, so that we can walk fully in the blessing of our reconciliation.
Yes we can be fruitful - in our bodies, souls, spirits and all our relationships; yes we can multiply and multiply all that we have; yes we can replenish what we have, what we use and replenish what is used upon this earth; yes we can subdue the earth, the devil and every aspect of this world; and yes - we have dominion!
But not only that, if you go back to God's original intent for Adam and Eve in the Garden, they were meant to be clothed with God's Glory and in constant communication with Him. They were meant to eat freely from the tree of Life and life eternally with God. Women were not meant to have enmity with the devil, we were meant to subdue him. Women were not meant to have sorrow in conception, childbirth and raising our children. We were meant to desire God, not our husbands and they were not meant to rule over us. Men likewise, were meant to have all their provision, labor and worked blessed, and were not supposed to work, suffer and struggle for everything they needed for their families. Man was not meant to be the insignificant dust that the enemy would seek to devour.
This is the life we are reconciled to through Jesus Christ. We can live life as if still in the Garden before the fall. We are reconciled back to the Garden...
Power, love & Peace, ya'll -