THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT (2)
Of truth is the scripture which says, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1John 2:16). ‘Pride’, in this verse is the Greek alazoneia (al-ad-zon-ei’-a): ‘1. Empty boasting, mere bragging 2. (by implication) self-confidence’. Her pride and self-confidence was unfounded in Christ. Pride made Lucifer to see himself as a recipient of sacerdotal obeisance, even before the LORD God, in the heavenly assizes. He failed. “Therefore”, Lucifer decided, “let man fail as well”. His intension was not a mere feeding with orange, mango, apple or guava as the case may be. It was a grand design to knock over Adam’s government – a successful coup d’état (unlike the unsuccessful attempt botched by Michael in heaven). He wanted to be in control of human affairs and his success earned him the title, ‘the god of this world’ John 12:31, 16:11; 2Corinthians 4:4 & Ephesians 2:2. His stratagem was to bring them before the destructive and strict judgment of God. The word ‘world’ is the Greek kosmos (kos’-mos) in John 12:31, 16:11, meaning: ‘1. orderly arrangement, i.e. decoration 2. (by implication) the world including its inhabitants’. It is from this the English got its ‘cosmetic’. Aion (ai-own’) is that of 2Corinthians 4:4 with the definitions of: ‘1. (properly) an age 2. (by extension) perpetuity (also past) 3. (by implication) the world 4. (specially, Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future)’. This ‘age’ is nothing short of the zeitgeist, controlled by satanic force.
In the 7th verse of the 3rd chapter of Genesis the evil deed had reached perfection. They were left alone, gasping for life-enhancing oxygen like a fish out of its habitat, by the deceiving devil. “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons”. Saddest earthly moment! Verse 7 is the depiction of the vileness of the craving of Humanism. All Adam could do for himself was to put leaves together like a jáwéjura; a Yoruba expression meaning: ‘throw leaves about the body’ a euphemism for ‘a madman’. Pâqach (paw-kakh’) is the Hebrew word for ‘open’ and it means: ‘to open (the senses, especially the eyes); figuratively to be observant’. They began to observe only what the mockery of the enemy flogged them with. Secular Humanism teaches adherents that, “In the beginning man created God”. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Psalm 14:1 & 53:1). The word ‘fool’ is nâbâl (naw-bawl’): ‘stupid; senseless; wicked (especially impious)’.
Demons’ peregrination across the globe is for one reason: to sow the forbidden seed. Check your heart, it is probably in possession of that which brought God into the Garden, in Genesis 3:8, “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day”, which will make a guilty you do what they did, “…and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden”. The word, ‘walking’ is the Hebrew word ‘halak’ which figuratively means: ‘lifestyle’. The enemy had just changed the lifestyle of our first parents. It could not measure up to God’s, so, they had to be evacuated. They did not know that it was on the same tree that the incarnation of the Lord God would hang to settle the sin question. Thanks be to God that we can now beat the devil to his game simply by an adherence to God’s sacred word.
Satan is always taking you far away from whatever he starts with you. Flush out every semblance of the wicked one inside your heart. Be wise. “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1John 2:17 – ‘world’, here, is kosmos).
We have, at one time or another, bungled it before the very eyes of the Lord God. Is or was that the end of our spiritual rapport with the Holy Trinity? No! Get in touch with Jesus. He will lead you to the Father. Then He will send into your spirit, the Divine energizing Holy Spirit to ensure your eternal sonship of the Eternal Father. Be born again. Pray this simple prayer: “Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!” (Concluded)
Do what they didn’t do: obey Jesus.