Adam had the privilege of communing directly with the Trinity; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Adam had no knowledge of good or evil, therefore he had no need of dying; it is sin that brings death. Romans 7:7-8 states, “What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead.”
Adam seemed to have it all! He lived in the middle of perfection and had open communication with Yahweh. He had what we now all must die to attain: an intimate relationship with the Trinity. What Adam was lacking was the awakening of Holy Spirit within him. Although he had everything at his disposal, without knowledge he had no understanding of who he possessed (in reference to God and to sin); he had no point of reference.
In my assessment, he did not and could not fully appreciate the magnitude of the relationship with the Trinity because he did not know anything else. As humans, regardless of how great we have it, we tend to appreciate nothing we have been born into unless it is taken away. This is evident with Adam and his relationship with The Great I AM. Simply stated, Adam and Eve did not have the opportunity to choose God; they just came into existence in relationship with Him. Most everyone is all too familiar with the inherent impulse to reject what we feel coerced into accepting no matter how magnificent. This impulse is called rebellion and stems from Lucifer.
Satan emphatically did not want Adam to know that, with knowledge, comes the responsibility of death. He wanted Adam to lustfully seek knowledge in hopes of killing him permanently. Even God, Jesus, died that we may live in Him through knowledge. When Jesus came to earth in the physical body, His flesh had to die just like everyone else’s because it is corrupt. Christ died to the flesh the moment He came into it and did so perpetually while He walked the earth.
Jesus understood the weight and desire to be led by the flesh. Had He not chosen to die to it while living in it, He would have surely fallen into it’s temptation. Daily dying, or rather daily crucifying, the nature of the flesh of man is how He was able to walk a sinless life. God was His only source of life as it should be to all who believe.
We’ll pick up here next week as we continue with Adam and Eve, death and life. If you are interested in reading more, check out my website to order my books, or go to my Facebook ministry page where I post regularly. Blessings!
Alexys V. Wolf