This note is a realization of an earlier article. So the reproduction of some parts of an article is necessary.
What did the fall of man do to him?
God disallowed man to eat from the tree of life. I always thought God meant it as a punishment. Until I saw the word “take also”. Dear friends, it was not as if God did not allow Adam to take the fruit of that tree, He did not allow him to take ALSO. Mixture. You see dear friends, by now Adam has a complete warp idea of 3 things. God, himself and his home.
God: While God is still loving and enjoying his fellowship, Adam now thinks of God as a demand, a judge, a prosecutor, a person who hates him.
His home: His home was paradise, not just Eden but the very garden of Eden. Yet he was in a place which reminded him of his failure, a place which he lost his glory, a place where an animal had dominion over him, a place of defeat, a place where his perfect beauty wife became in his eyes an object of blame, a place where he felt nothing but shame, and not even the presence of God could rescue him from. Sadly Adam became even more afraid, when God came nearer. The love of God to him became the consuming fire which further condemns him.
Himself: Adam now thought himself, a fugitive. A person who always wanted to pay. Pay for his mistake. He had to work. A person who thought God’s goodness had to be earned. Things are no longer free. He thought himself a debtor. No longer a viceroy, no longer a prince. He no longer saw himself, a workmanship of God but an object of God’s wrath.
Now if God allowed him to take the tree of life, he would live forever. AT THIS STATE! If he lives forever this way and in this state…. What is it called?
So God had to banish him from his place, God had to satisfy Adam’s sense of justice. It was Adam who wanted to pay. Not God. Adam constantly would be looking as to how to pay. But he could never. He could never satisfy this debt he thought he owed. You see God did not send Jesus to satisfy His sense of justice. He gave His Son to satisfy Adam’s sense of justice. Adam’s sense of justice was to pay out of guilt. True forgiveness demands nothing. God freely gave His Son, the Bible says. Freely. He never expected anything back.
So you see. Sin is the father of all religions. It demands that you make payment. So God allowed man to have a religion, a system of law for man to “try to make right” his relationship with God. To render him a temporal solution to a problem he created for himself. Man thought by this manner, he could bring himself to God by “installment”. An annual subscription.
The writer of Hebrews puts it this way:
10 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
You see we labored in our darken understanding that we can make these payments like “credit cards”. Except while we can draw near, but our conscience would condemn us. So we still think we can make these payments. The question here is this. Did God want man to pay?
“5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, my God.’”[a]
He obviously didn’t. You see forgiveness is free. God doesn’t love you just so that you love him back. He loves you. Period. when we love, we want to loved back. So we project our limitations on God.
But the problem isn’t God. Its us. Even if God has freely forgiven us, do we really believe it?
Truth is truth even if you don’t believe it. Where faith in Christ comes in is where the truth becomes an experience for us. For example, God loves you. Truth. When does it become truth TO you? When you believe. When thus does forgiveness take place? At the cross. When did it become real for me? When I believe him.
That is why only those who believe, experience a forgiveness. That is why only through faith in this provision (Jesus at the cross) allow you to experience salvation. You see if you don’t believe that God has forgiven your sins, cleansed you and already made you perfect, you won’t experience it. You still think you have a debt to pay. You still think God will fry you.
So you pull away. You continue to be condemned. Not because God condemns you. You did. You are still Adam. You are still in the darkness. Your idea of God is still an angry judge. A bitter old man demanding justice from you. In reality you are the person who is demanding payment not for him but your restitution. YOUR RESTITUTION. You are doing that when God has already reconciled you to him.
This is where repentance come in, the changing of your mind. So long there is no faith in believing that it has been paid, you will still be stuck in that mind set. You will run away. You will run into a presence with God. God does not sent us to hell. We do, because we are the ones who do not want Him. There is only one place where He is not there. Hell.
Amplified Bible (AMP)
5 But to one who, not working [by the Law], trusts (believes fully) in Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited to him as righteousness (the standing acceptable to God).
See also how God demonstrates his revenge.
Amplified Bible (AMP)
61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favor] [a]and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
3 To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion—to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit—that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
To comfort those who mourned? That is how God takes vengeance on us?
Amplified Bible (AMP)
3 I have trodden the winepress alone, and of the peoples there was no one with Me. I trod them in My anger and trampled them in My wrath; and their lifeblood is sprinkled upon My garments, and I stained all My raiment.
4 For the day of vengeance was in My heart, and My year of redemption [the year of My redeemed] has come.
5 And I looked, but there was no one to help; I was amazed and appalled that there was no one to uphold [truth and right]. So My own arm brought Me victory, and My wrath upheld Me.
Do you see it? Who is the arm of the Lord. He is Jesus. Yet Jesus is mentioned as the one who brought victory and Jesus upheld His Wrath. So how does God take vengeance on us? By sending His Son, except that it was not to punish us. But that you will take note that his vengeance was also his favor.
“I am confused”, you may say. But is there isn’t it? The day of the Lord’s favor is the day of the Lord’s vengeance.
Have you ever wondered why?
Because God wants you to see that your sins have been paid for. Not for him. But for you. That you may see that your need for payment is paid in full. You don’t need to pay. Its’ been paid. In full! You don’t have to make restitution. That’s the law. Payment by credit card. It has been cleared. Once. Once and for all. Now that it has been paid. There is only one thing left.
The truth won’t set you free. This is because freedom isn’t freedom until you believe it and then experience it. Only then you know the truth. When you “know the truth” the truth sets you free.