A Point Of No Return?
Stick with me for a minute as I may start slow but will finish strong.
It is the 3rd day of creation ( no coincidence the 3rd ). Genesis 1:11-13 KJV “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
 And the evening and the morning were the third day.”
Notice “seeds in them“. God creates these before he creates the sun or moon. And 3 days later God creates man. Notice God calls man (singular) them ( plural ). Genesis 1:26 KJV
“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.”
And we saw how God created man in Genesis 2:7 KJV “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
God describes he created man –
1) from the dust of ground – body / flesh
2) breathed into man the breath of life – spirit
3) and man became a living soul – ( mind, will and emotions)
At this point, man, Adam, his spirit is alive and connected to God. Adam has a fleshly body and Adam has a soul, thoughts, will and emotions. And everything is in sync with God.
Then God makes a garden in Eden and puts Adam there to care for the garden, Genesis 2:5. And God has trees in the garden. Genesis 2:9 is the first time we read of other trees in the garden. We read there are trees with seeds for food. Food for the body, the flesh. Then we read there is a tree of life in the garden. We know life is spirit related. Remember the breath of life from Genesis 2:7? And then we see a tree called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Knowledge has to do with the mind, the way one thinks. It is the soul, the mind, will and emotions. Remember Genesis 2:7, man became a living “soul“.
So the trees in the garden were 3 types:
Trees with fruit and seeds for meat – food for the body.
The tree of life – spirit related.
The tree of the knowledge of good and evil – soul related.
When Adam sinned, something happened. His spirit was cut off from God. Remember God said to Adam, where are you? Genesis 3:8,9 and notice Adam’s soul was also affected because now Adam had fear. Fear is an emotion. So when Adam sinned, his spirit was cut off from God and he was now experiencing fear. That is why people say when Adam sinned he died spiritually.
That is also why Jesus said you must be “born again”. Because everyone born after Adam was born like Adam after he sinned. Cain, Abel and Seth were all born to Adam and Eve after they sinned so the kids were born like their mom and dad.
When Jesus said ye must be born again, it is the spirit man that gets born again and the connection with God reestablished. The spirit man needs life. Remember when Jesus said, John 6:63 KJV “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
And when Jesus told Nicodemus ye must be born again to see the kingdom of God Jesus told him how to be born again, water and the Spirit. John 3:3-7. And Paul explains the water in Ephesians 5:26 KJV “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,” and Peter explains in 1 Peter 1:23 KJV “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
Notice the word of God is called seed. Sounds like the parable Jesus explained in Luke 8:9-15 in the parable of the sower, doesn’t it? Remember in the garden the trees had seeds?
Remember God told Adam in Genesis 2:16,17, of every tree of the garden you may freely eat? That meant even the tree of life. The only tree they could not eat from was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Unlike the tree of life which affects the spirit, the the tree of the knowledge of good and evil affected the soul, the mind, will and emotions. The way they think.
So the tree of the knowledge of good and evil would affect one’s thinking. The way one looks at something. The way one thinks, their thoughts. The way they thought about things. That tree would also affect their emotions. Remember fear came, Adam was afraid. The tree would also affect their will.
So taking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil did 3 things:
1) Changed their spirit – cut them off from God
2) Changed their emotions – now had fear
3) Changed their thinking – changed their thoughts. They no longer thought like God thinks.
And we will pick it up from here next time. Until next time.