LIVING VICTORIOUSLY IN A FALLEN WORLD
I believe this subject is one of the most important (and neglected) topics in the Christian world today. When is the last time you heard a message about what the fallen world even is, or what happened when Adam and Eve rebelled and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Because we often don’t know the results of the fall and how it affects all of life on planet earth, we sometimes blame God for the bad things that go on around us.
God told Adam in Genesis 2:16,17 “of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Adam is the one that opened the door for the curse (death) to come upon mankind and his home (earth). It wasn’t God’s fault, remember He said don’t eat of the fruit or you will die, yet today our Heavenly Father is being blamed on a daily basis for all the bad things that are happening on the earth. It is so ingrained in our society that even insurance companies define things they won’t cover as “acts of God.” What is most amazing to me is that Christians are among the worst ones in blaming God for these terrible things that befall the human race. What are these things that are so bad that come upon us?
Killer storms, disease, poverty, hatred, acts of terror, murder, theft, lying, all are things that started with the fall. Even the weeds in your garden came because of Adams disobedience. (Remember God the Father gave the ruler-ship of this earth to Adam. Genesis 1:28-31, and God has never taken that authority back from man. Just because man made a terrible mess of things, that didn’t cause God to go back on His Word to put mankind in control of this world system.) None of these bad things existed in the garden of Eden before death came on the scene. Death has reigned over the human race from the moment Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden fruit. God made this world perfect in the beginning. Man decided to rebel, go his separate way and follow satan and his kingdom, which leads to all that is evil and destructive.
God loves mankind completely and with no reservations. He only wants what is best for him, and had no intentions of leaving man in his fallen state, however this presented a problem, Our Father is a Holy and Righteous God and could not just forget man’s sin and return him to this perfect environment that he had in the garden. Also man now had a sin nature and didn’t want to go back to his former life. Remember he is the one that chose to leave this life of perfection, it seems he just had to know the difference between good and evil. God had a plan. He had created everything with His Word, so He would have to redeem His man with His Word (see John. 1:1-14). Rebellion against God had to be paid for and it had to be man who paid the debt. Mankind was in authority on planet earth and God was not going to usurp that authority. He would have to find a way to get His Man-Jesus on the earth. Another big problem, it would take a sinless man to pay that sin debt and mankind was now locked into a sin nature and each human that was born, was born under this cloud of sin.
Eventually (several thousand years later) God the Father was able to send the Holy Spirit to overshadow a young virgin Jewish girl (Luke 1:26-38) and she gave birth to Jesus the Word. (see John 1:1-5,14) (see teaching on how a sinless Jesus was born into a sinful world). The whole Bible revolves around his Man Jesus and His redeeming us from the curse of the law. Galatians 3:13. Living in this fallen world today, in the time of the New Covenant, is very different than living under the old covenant before Calvary. Look with me at a very intriguing verse of scripture, Hebrews 2:14-15. “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through the fear of death were all their life time subject to bondage.” Before Jesus and Calvary the devil was running rampant with little push back from fallen man. Oh there many men and women of faith in the old testament that did great exploits for God, which foreshadowed Jesus, but these do not compare to the exploits of Peter, John, Paul etc. who were operating under the New Covenant. Our scripture in Hebrews makes it very plain that something significant happened at Calvary. It says that Jesus destroyed the devil. Now the original Greek does not mean annihilated as we use it in our English language today, rather it means to render ineffective.
My friend let me say with all due respect to the church of our Lord Jesus Christ, we have not in our churches today, even come close to rendering the devil ineffective. Please don’t misunderstand, I love the church, I have worked in the church, tithed to the church, taught Bible classes since I was a teenager (I am now in my 70’s), but we have not fulfilled the great commission as Jesus instructed us. We have not turned the world upside down for Jesus as they did in the book of Acts. This doesn’t mean we can’t, of course we can. We have the same mandate, the same Holy Spirit, we are living in the same dispensation, and we have even more of the written Word. We have the completed New Testament (they were still writing it in the early days of the church.) What have we lost? Could it be the zeal to accomplish what we were commanded to do? In John 14:12 it says “-he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works that these he will do, because I go to my Father.” It would be very hard to misunderstand this verse. We believers are simply to do the works that Jesus did and even more. Well what did He do? As recorded in the Gospels, He spent over half His time healing the sick. He showed the unconditional love of the Father as no other human being had ever done. He gave of Himself as a sacrifice to others with absolutely no thought for Himself. His desire was to do the will of His Heavenly Father above all else. You may say that is impossible for humans to do these things as Jesus did, and I agree with you. However the Bible says we are to do them, so how do we deal with this truth? It is Christ dwelling in us in the person of the Holy Spirit that has to do the works through us. We are the righteousness of God in Christ. (see Corinthians 5:21). Also in 1 John 4:4 it says “-He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” The Spirit of God that lives in us is greater than the defeated devil who is in the world. Let us seek Almighty God, let us build up our faith in these scriptures. Let’s remember our God is a God of miracles and the time of miracles is not over. No we can’t do it, but the greater one that lives in us can.
The grace of God and the truth of His Word be with you.