“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith” Romans 1:16-17
LIGHT FOR NOW: The breath of life in Genesis 2:7 is not synonymous with the life of God.
We’ve established that you can’t talk about salvation without talking about sin. You can’t omit sin in your discuss of salvation because fundamentally that is what salvation dealt with. Hence, we began to investigate into the sin concept in the last study as we took Genesis 2:7 as the lead. Remember, the statement “of the dust of the ground” means man is of the earth that is man is earthy. This shows the fact that man’s makeup is earthy. Now, observe the next statement in Genesis 2:7, “…and he breathe into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”. Now, the term “breath of life” has been misconstrued to mean the life of God, and thus many have assumed that Adam had the life of God, functioned in the class of God but when he sinned, he lost that life. That submission is wrong, why? Without any exegesis yet, that submission is wrong because if Adam had the life of God, Adam wouldn’t have lost it because God’s life is eternal; eternal life semantically is a life, that, once received, it cannot be lost. It is not a temporal life, it is eternal life. If the life of God is temporal, then it can be lost; but since His life is not temporal but eternal, then it cannot be lost.
Second, if Adam had the life of God (eternal life) and later lost it, then where is the basis for teaching the eternal nature of God’s salvation because salvation is eternal life and eternal life is salvation. Third, eternal life is not outside Christ; salvation is not outside Christ. So for Adam to have eternal life or salvation, Adam must be in Christ and it will take faith in Christ to be in Christ. So the question is, did Adam believe in Christ in the first place? It is because outside Christ, there is no eternal life (or life of God/salvation). So that statement “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life” is not synonymous with the life of God. So we will unbundle what it means as the study continues and we will come to a place where we can track the origin of sin. Furthermore, we will see who is responsible for sin and we will see if there is an involvement of God in sin and death (spiritual death).
INSTRUCTION: Read your bible.
PRAYER: The clarity of God’s word comes to the fore as I study through, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: It is proper reading of the scriptures that births proper interpretation of scriptures.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 3