“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” – Matthew 24:14
LIGHT FOR NOW: In the garden, man was separated from God.
In Genesis 2:16-17, God said sin would bring death and we saw previously that when man sinned, man still remained in his body. And as we saw in our previous study, God would not have lied to man because God never lies. So, the question now is, what actually could have been the implication of the statement made by God in Genesis 2:16-17 OR in other words what could have been the death in Genesis 2:16-17? Did man actually or surely die in the garden as God spoke? Yes!! Man surely died and thus God’s word was not a lie. So now, back to the main question, what then is the death that God implied in Genesis 2:16-17? There are two things to point out at this point: the first is death as an extinction (that is, when man’s spirit leaves his body; which is physical death) and the second is death by separation (that is man without Christ, which is spiritual death). So, which death was God referring to in Genesis 2:16-17?
Obviously, it is spiritual death (man’s separation from God). Meaning man surely died in the garden. For death is a separation and not an extinction. When a man dies in the natural, He departs his body to exist elsewhere in heaven or in hell.
In the garden, man was separated from God. He left God’s presence. This is what death is! Man without God or man without the presence of God is death. However, this separation of man (Adam) in Eden will eventually affect his body. In other words, the separation brought about the extinction. But Adam lived 930 years in his body. But he was dead; physically alive but spiritually dead. Paul explains this fact in Ephesians 2:1-3, it reads “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins. Wherein in times past ye walked according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worked in the children of disobedience. Among whom also we all had our conversation in time past in the lust of the flesh and of the mind: and were by nature the children of wrath; even as others”. Dead but walking and talking; dead towards God but alive towards sin. In our next study, this will become clearer as we will discover that those Adam begat after his sin were in his fallen state.
INSTRUCTION: The man without Christ is a walking dead, he needs life and his life can only be revived by faith in the gospel of Christ. So what are you doing with the gospel of Christ? Are you just enjoying it? Stop enjoying it and start preaching it.
PRAYER: I live in the reality of the gospel of Christ and I preach it to the dying world in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: Enjoying the gospel of Christ alone will not save anybody, preaching it is how God saves and therefore not preaching the gospel is rendering God’s saving power ineffective.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1 EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2