To keep them safe from Satan and his evil spirits, God planted two special treesin the garden where Adam and Eve lived. God called them 'The Tree of Life' and'The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil' (see Genesis 2:9,17).The Tree of Life represented the Life and Authority of God Himself - so in eatingits fruit, Adam and Eve would be filled more and more with God's strength andlove and glory.The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil represented Satan's life andauthority, and as long as Adam and Eve did not eat its fruit they were safe fromthe evil spirits which filled the earth. The dominion of the whole Creation wouldalways be theirs if they obeyed their loving Creator God (Heb. 2:8)."The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it andtake care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man.
"You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from thetree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die" (Gen 2:15-17).
However, Satan deceived Eve. He told her the Tree of the Knowledge of Good andEvil wasn't really bad - rather it would make them like gods. She believed the lieand ate the fruit of the Tree. Adam, although he knew it was a lie, also ate of thetree (1 Tim 2:14).
"When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing tothe eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. Shealso gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it" (Gen 3:6).
D. THE RESULT
Through that one act of sin, man lost the glory and image of God and thedominion over the Creation. Satan then took the throne vacated by Adam andEven and exercised his dominion over the earth, and death filled the world (Heb2:14,15).
"....sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in thisway death came to all men, because [in Adam] all sinned.... (Rom 5:12).
All the generations following Adam and Eve have inherited their fallen nature. Allhave come under the power and dominion of Satan.
"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used tolive when you followed the ways of this world and the ruler of the kingdom of theair, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by natureobjects of wrath" (Eph 2:1-2).
People's hearts, everywhere, are now filled with:
"For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave their thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts weredarkened.
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