Mark 1:9-13 (NAS): In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; and a voice came out of the heavens: “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” Immediately the Spirit impelled Him to go out into the wilderness. And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him.
Although God created man, man was still not otherworldly, but rather of the earth. This explains why, though the tempter had not yet approached Adam and Eve, worldliness was innate in them. Because they were earthly, when the tempter did come, fall was not only easy, but natural. It was the earthly or rather, the fleshly, thing to do, because they were “of the earth/ground.” They were in fact natural creatures whereas God is supernatural. Jesus, who is God (otherworldly, supernatural, from heaven) had to come to give us access to God through His death and resurrection.
Through our own individual crucifixion of self and receiving the supernatural life of Christ, we become otherworldly – born of the Kingdom of God, aka no longer “of the earth.” Becoming supernatural from heaven occurs, not just by God coming to earth, but by receiving the deposit of Holy Spirit. Only God Himself, the Trinity, could withstand the wiles of the tempter; Jesus entered the wilderness only after being anointed/baptized into Holy Spirit.
Because God gave authority to Adam, God tied His own hands from being able to protect Adam and Eve from their fall. Had they not been given such authority, God could have intervened. God put man on the earth to rule/govern the earth as He rules heaven; therefore this will always be – man ruling the earth. It would behoove God’s people to get used to ruling because, with the new earth in our future, we are coming back to stay and rule! It’s time God’s holy bride learns now how to rule the earth as originally intended and that can only be accomplished through following the lead of Holy Spirit in all things.
In the grand scheme of God’s Kingdom perspective, protection for Adam was not God’s goal – only death was His plan so that through it, man may come to receive true life, eternal life. Only through Christ manifesting His supernatural life through man can anyone withstand the schemes of Satan; it isn’t attainable by simply memorizing Scripture and using will power. Only God can do what God can do. In dying to self or in other words, accepting as fact that the flesh was crucified with Christ a long time ago and it is already dead, we would be free of the flesh allowing only God’s will to manifest in the earth. God freely exerts His power that we may withstand Satan’s fiery darts just as did Jesus.
God is Sovereign and His plan is always perfect. He knew that man could not bear the temptation (whiles) of Satan and that the temptation would kill Adam and his kind. God’s knew that He could only have a perfect man if the man were God Himself; God in the flesh. In essence, Adam was a canister that was full of self and sin. Through The Fall, God was able to empty the canister to then come and fill it with Holy Spirit. Man cannot resist Satan, but once we are empowered by Holy Spirit, we are able because He who is in us is more than able and already accomplished resistance to every temptation. Holy Spirit does the resisting through us. Through Christ, all things are possible.
We’ll pick up here next week as we continue with “The Root of the Problem.” 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