(…continues from part one…)
2) Adam, maybe if you had continued in your spiritual innocence for about a thousand years or probably less the LORD God would have walked into the Garden as He was wont to and would have proudly brought magnificent garments fit for His son and daughter, putting an end to Adamic nudity, and forever. Adam, you blew it! You failed to please the heavenly Father. You did not look into the future, to dwell on the unpalatable consequences of aiding and abetting disobedience of Genesis 2:17 “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Methinks your Eden paradise was blessed with superabundant edible crops where every herb and fruit is not only charged with salubrity, it is laced with luscious twang. Why, on earth, would you want to be blindfolded with what was repulsive to the mind of the Creator? Your unexpected deed brought the elevation course of humanity on its knees. Satanism enthroned, demonism became the goading spirits of abject sinfulness.
There is not a smidgeon of doubt in the reasoning disposition of my being: that you did not know what you were plodding headlong into when you reached out to take the forbidden fruit from your derailed wife. The faculty of your reasoning failed to capture the full extent of your capitulation and the resultant impending, calamitous world. Probably learning, for the first time, of the fall of Adam in Bible Knowledge class, my young sister, of age seven or so, came home from school and could not help soliloquizing, “Oh Adam did not do well at all. You plunged the whole world into this mess!” I shook my head and inwardly I said, “Welcome to reality,” to the very young Oyeronke, now Pastor (Mrs.) E.O. Atiba, now a grandmother and a Director of Nursing of the LAUTECH University Hospital, Ogbomoso. Adam, you disappointed the LORD God and humanity.
In our likeness and image
How could you not remember the son of whom you were, Adam? You completely forgot that your creation took not only the likeness, but the divine image of the Most High Jehovah. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:26). The word ‘likeness’, demûth (dem-ooth’) in Hebrew, means: ‘resemblance; concretely model, shape;’ pointing to the physiological quiddity of the Divinity Himself. The uniqueness of your creation is appropriately couched in Psalm 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Yare’ (yaw-ray’) is the Hebrew for ‘fearfully’ meaning ‘1. to fear. 2. (morally) to revere. 3. (causative) to frighten.’ The word ‘wonderfully’ is palah (paw-law’): ‘to distinguish.’ You may be walking in total nudity, the gospel truth is that you surpass even the empyreal angels in magnificence. You are what no angelic being is: the cynosure of the creationism. The Adamic creature is an evangelist, prophet, exercises full authority of the sacerdotal office, pastor and king. In the Adamic elevation dwells the Holy Spirit of Jehovah.
He had always walked into Eden.
The other word, ‘image’ is tselem (tseh’-lem): ‘to shade; a phantom, that is, (figuratively) illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure, especially an idol.’ Adam, the anatomical externality of your existence takes after the limbs, torso, neck and dome of every Member of the Godhead: for it reads, “in our image: and after our likeness;” using plural personal pronouns of the Trinity. The image of the Divine Ones is irrefragably of Christ. 2Corinthians 4:4 “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” Colossians 1:13-17 “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14) In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16) For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
Adam: blessed with the image of his Creator (Genesis 1:26)
Colossians 3:9-11 “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10) And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11) Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.” Hebrews 1:1-3 “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2) Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3) Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” Therefore, Adam, being so much endowed, you are inexcusably guilty.
Do not be partners with Lucifer in hell; get born again.
Getting born again is a conscious effort on the part of an individual. Get born again. Say this sinner’s 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!”
(…to be concluded…)
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