The law of sin and death
“The curse of the sin nature”
At the time Adam and Eve were in the garden and they had rebelled; God had pronounced a curse upon mankind and the earth. Adam's sin was not simply the natural consequences of his sinful nature; it was a volitional act that occurred before his sinful nature existed. Adam and Eve had transgressed God’s command: which was not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and they had intentionally gone beyond God’s boundaries and violated His instruction. The deception of the enemy was that the serpent had convinced Adam and Eve that although they have dominion over everything in the garden; God was somehow unjust and withholding something from them.
After the transgression that happened in Genesis chapter 3, three things had occurred: God called Adam's wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living things; God made them tunics of skin and clothed Adam and Eve.
Instead of Adam and Eve dying immediately there was a substitutionary death of an animal; as mentioned in Genesis 3: 21: this is a fore-shadow of the reality that someday God would kill a substitute, to redeem mankind from their sin. Lastly, Adam and Eve were driven out of the garden of Eden and God placed the cherubim to guard the way of the tree of life.
If, God had not driven out Adam and Eve out of the garden and denied them access from the tree of life, they would've remained in their sinful state and cursed. This was an act of mercy by God to prevent them from being sustained for ever as sinful mankind.
The original sin is the sinful nature of man; it is the inherited sin but with one distinction that the first sin actually resulted in a sinful nature passed on to all of mankind. This moral state of man and his evil tendencies and desires places his self-interest above God and all others. RC Sprawl quotes, “We are not sinners because we sin; we sin because we are sinners.”
The day that Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden there was an immediate spiritual death; man-kind was personally separated from God. (Isaiah 59:1-2 & Romans 6:23)
There is also a physical death as part of the curse that is mentioned in Genesis 3:19, as God tells Adam from the dust he was formed and to dust you will return.
Sin is an act or acts of volition in violation to God's commands and is wrongdoing that brings forth about unpleasant consequences. The word sin, in Genesis 4:7 means, an “offense” and the penalty is punishment.
Iniquity is the inclination to sin. It means wickedness or the quality or state of being wicked; iniquity is something that can be received from our fathers, grandfathers and all the way back to Adam through their DNA- seed. (Exodus 34:7)
The first root of sin and iniquity originated with Adam and has been passed down to each succeeding generation through the bloodline.
Iniquity is defined as wickedness, perversion, pernicious (destructive) bent in one's personality that deserves punishment. (Dictionary)
Even though God instituted a punishment to mankind through Adam and God required a sacrifice with the shedding of blood, (Hebrews 9:22) in the New Testament; God provides the perfect, final sacrifice for sin; Jesus Christ. In the book of Romans chapter 5:12, sin entered the world by one man and death through sin, and death spread to all men because all have sinned; and death reigned from Adam through Moses, until the Torah or law was given. Adam was a “type” of deliverer who was to come, Jesus the Messiah. 1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive NIV. First Corinthians 15 compares and contrasts Adams fleshly existence as a living being to Christ's supernatural manifestation as a life-giving Spirit.
Once, Moses was given the law or the Torah by God in Exodus: Torah was still a shadow. The Torah did not release mankind from the curse of sin and death that God had pronounced upon Adam for his rebellion and disobedience. In Galatians Chapter 3:10-11, the Apostle Paul writes that everyone is still cursed if they do not do exactly what is written in the books; the “Torah” does not justify them from their sin. Apart from Christ we’d be on our own, and would remain forever lost in our sins. However, “as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive”. In eternity our final state will be more exalted than the original state of the first Adam. We will have more than innocence as we will fully possess the righteousness of the Last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45; 2 Corinthians 5:21) and be incapable of sin.
There are three types of sin; original sin which is inherited; imputed sin which is legal; and personal sin which is the manifestation. (www.helpmewithbiblestudy.com)
Inherited sin is the moral state of man and his sinful nature. (Genesis 3:14-22)
Imputed or transferred sin is mankind’s standing before God because of Adam's sin.
Personal sin describes our actual manifestation of the individual sin and disobedience to
God; this is an act of rebellion. I believe Paul is trying to explain in Romans chapter 5:12, by one man all of humanity is spiritually and physically dead because of one man's sin. However; because of one man Jesus and through His perfection, righteousness and sacrificial death on the cross, makes it possible for us to receive His payment for our sins.
The entrance of sin in the flesh and in humanity has wrought havoc to man-kind. The result of sin which is death, both physical and spiritual. Sickness has also been the result of sin entering the world and the results of the curse where Satan rules. (Matthew 4:23)
Man's nature became corrupted. His whole mental and spiritual being was thrown out of balance. He became self-centered, inconsiderate of people, ambitious to accomplish his own plans and purposes regardless of others. Among the dire results which followed were man's pitting his will against God, his substituting his own ideas for those of Almighty God and his accepting Satan's suggestions instead of God's will.
These facts became evident soon after the fall of man as we see in the first tragedy. In the process of time, Cain and Abel made offerings to the Lord. The former brought of the fruit of the ground, whereas, the latter offered a lamb.
God had respect unto Abel's offering but rejected Cain's. By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than his brother. As faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ, (Romans 10:17) it is evident that God gave specific instructions as to what offerings should be made. Cain, pitting his will against God's, substituted his ideas for those of the Almighty. When Abel’s offering was acceptable, Cain became jealous and slew his brother without provocation. In cold blood Cain took his brother; Able's life.
Every murder that has been committed since then, every theft that has been perpetrated in the world, every injustice done by one person to another, and all wrongs are the result of the entrance of the power of sin into the world. Sin in the flesh results in sins in the life.
Heb 11:4 By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. NIV
1 John 2:16 For everything in the world the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes
and the boasting of what he has and does comes not from the Father but from the world.
17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives
Col 3:5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual
immorality, impurity, lust , evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
In Romans chapter 7:14 Paul describes himself as a slave to sin. In unregenerate
humanity reject God and seek to be independent from him. Paul likens his soul in
the flesh that refuses wisdom; therefore he needs the Holy Spirit to serve God.
As Christians we live in two worlds; a temporary world of the body; with temptation and lusts that involve our choices. Since we are the sons and daughters of Adam we are subject to the conditions of a mortal life. (Romans 2:7-8, Romans 6:12)
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The apocryphal book: the Gospel according to Philip: a Gnostic book:
As I was praying about how the curse of the sin nature related to this topic I stumbled across sites on the Internet that suggested a theory that I had never come across. As it relates to the covenant that God made with mankind, with regards to the sin committed in the garden by Adam and Eve, the Passover and the new covenant that Jesus has in his blood; I kept coming back to flesh, blood, water. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_Philip
This particular sites suggests that (Schlenker) Eve was impregnated by Satan first, and then impregnated by Adam; therefore fertilizing two eggs then she gave birth to twins. However, the verse uses the word “brother” rather than twin; as listed in Genesis 25:24-26 in reference to Jacob and Esau. The authors of these articles use much symbolism to describe Cain as the seed of the serpent. One author even suggests that there was an orgy between Adam and Eve and the serpent. This is their justification for the sin nature.
If Cain's father was Satan rather than Adam, why did God protect Cain if he was conceived in the image of Satan? I believed God protected Cain because he was made in God's image just as Adam was.Genesis 4:15 And the LORD said to him, "Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold." When Adam and Eve fell, God’s image was not removed, it was damaged. The moral likeness from their creator was affected for all generations. (Genesis 9:6) http://www.letusreason.org/Biblexp206.htm
“Nowhere does the Bible say Cain was conceived by anyone else but Adam. It does not say Satan, the Serpent or any other knew Eve. When Eve bore Cain she said he was from the Lord, not Satan. She saw this child as a gift from God. Certainly this would not be the case if Satan was the progenitor of Cain. I hope that the LORD would have revealed that information to us, if it was true. It is my opinion that this theory is conjecture. You don't get a demon child from God or with His help, nor do you praise him for it.” (Oppenheimer, Michael)