Of Faith & Doubt – Walk Through the Word
Thank you for joining me today for our second Bible study in our series, Walk through the Word, for 2022. This is Brother Joseph. Today I’m going to be ambitious and cover key points from Genesis chapters 2 & 3. As always, please read these chapters on your own in detail. God’s Word is like an exquisite meal. It’s not meant to be rushed, but to be savored one bite at a time.
Now, in Genesis 2, we see that God has completed his work of creation and sets aside the seventh day as a sacred or holy day. The Bible tells us that each day with God is as a thousand years (2 Peter 3:8) so we know that this is not a 24 hour period but rather a period of 1,000 years in which the chief of his creation (man) was to rule the world in God’s place.
I find it always striking that many of the world’s empires desired to last 1,000 years. Few, if any, achieved it. It’s almost impossible to say when an empire begins or ends but historians will typically place the average lifespan of a civilization at around 336 years. But I believe that trait in humanity began, like so many other things, in Genesis. For God set aside this 7th day ( a period of 1,000 years) to be holy.
He showed it in symbol all throughout the Old Testament when He instructed Moses to set aside the Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11). And the sabbath was, in itself, a symbol of the Holy Spirit which will be the Eternal life force of the believer throughout the coming 1,000 year Millennial reign with Jesus Christ (see Rev. 20:6). In that kingdom there will be no death, for the eternal life of God will ensure that the saints complete what God began in Genesis.
From spirit to flesh
In Genesis 2 we see that God took Adam and placed him in a body of flesh. Prior to this moment, Adam was in a spirit-form, what we call a theophany. Here we see a perfect foreshadowing of the coming of the second Adam (Jesus Christ) who came from spirit (God) to human flesh. Notice that Adam could not be tempted as a spirit but he would be tempted as a mortal. So it was with Jesus Christ who came to redeem us! He could not stand temptation as a spirit (God above us) but became flesh to be tested and take the stain of sin upon himself (see Heb. 2:14).
God placed this perfect man (Adam) inside a specially-prepared home that we call the Garden of Eden. This was no small 10×12 plot of land. Now, I’d like you to understand that Adam was ruler of the whole earth but this garden was his home territory (his castle if you will). I believe that this is a foreshadowing of the world that is to come. God will establish the New Jerusalem upon this world as the headquarters of the Bride of Christ but the saints shall be scattered throughout the universe ruling all of space in His name.
I’d like to share a quote from our precious brother Branham that sheds a little more light on this and, hopefully, will inspire you to keep pressing on to this glorious day that is just ahead.
Some fellow, very critical on the second coming of Christ, said, “Do you mean to tell me all the Christians that ever died in Christ will rise, them, what you call, born again people? Well,” said, “you couldn’t place them on this earth like cordwood.” I said, “Who said they’d be here on earth like cordwood?” That’s right.
They won’t. I said, “My Heavenly Father stood back there and blowed off His hands moons, stars, moons.” I said, “They’ll be millions of worlds out yonder. Well, my, hard tell where we will live out in them great places.”
Said, “How about over ten cities and all these cities He said, ‘He that overcometh shall rule over?’” I said, “Why, God’s got worlds on top of worlds, and places on top of places.” How can our little infinite mind limited God? Why, we can’t, there’s no way at all to express Him when you look out and see how vast God is in His universe. Why, He’s marvelous.
Rev. William Marrion Branham53-0830A – Why I Am A Holy-Roller
Adam and Eve were a type, or a symbol, of a much bigger picture that God was unveiling. One in which the saints will not only rule over this world but every world in the domain of God. This is why science is pushing hard into space. This is why the militaries of this world are no longer looking at Earth as being our only home. From the moon to Mars, we’re destined as a species for the sky.
That influence at the end of the world can come only as a perversion of God’s perfect plan. Through intellectual ideologies they will try to accomplish their will and, in so doing, bring about their own destruction in the battle of Armageddon. But God will unleash His perfect plan for His people in the eternity that is to come.
Now, this Garden encompassed the heads of four great rivers which we know now as the Amazon, the Nile, The Tigris and the Euphrates. I realize that time and continental drift has pushed these rivers apart but imagine a world where all the continents were joined as the Bible and science tell us was the case. The continents of Africa, South America and the area we know as the Middle East were all watered by rivers whose source was in Eden.
Like I said, this was no small garden.
Adam: the world’s first superman
I think it’s beneficial for us to take a few moments and look at the powers God gave to His created son Adam. This will give us some clue as to what to expect at the return of Jesus Christ. First, Adam could travel like a thought.
We know this, because of how our Lord Jesus ( the second Adam) often displayed this power both for himself and his disciples. Look at what happened after Christ walked on water.
Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!John 6:16
Let’s look ahead. What a day it will be when we are no longer bound by the laws of gravity, space, and time.
Notice, God told Adam to take care of the entire Garden. Now, if you’ve ever been an avid gardener or a farmer, you know that it’s a lot of work. Just because there were no weeds doesn’t mean there wasn’t work that needed to be done. God doesn’t waste time and He created Adam for the very reason that Eden needed maintenance. We can learn a lesson here.
Just because something’s perfect doesn’t mean it doesn’t need upkeep to keep it perfect. Sometimes people get discouraged because they don’t expect to have to work at something because God was in it. That’s simply not true. God starts things as perfect but He wants us to be His partners.
The same can be said for a marriage or any relationship. God may have orchestrated your marriage but you need to maintain it to keep it running smoothly. The same is true for your spiritual relationship with Christ. Just because it’s a union between you and Christ doesn’t mean you can neglect it. You must maintain it. If God gave you a ministry, expect bumps in the road. Expect that you’ll need to learn and grow. Remember, it’s all a partnership and don’t give up.
The first marriage
We could spend much time on Adam’s pre-fall condition. But let’s move on. We see that God gave Adam a helpmate, Eve. Notice that she came from him exactly as the Bride of Christ is taken from the Lord Jesus. I always believe that it’s striking that Eve (symbolizing the Bride) was taken from Adam’s rib not his foot or some other part of the body. The ribs enclose the heart so she was taken from a very dear part of his body. What a consolation to us, to know that we were taken from just beneath His heart.
I’d like to drop this in just as a reminder of our sacred commitment to the Word. The ribs are there for a purpose. To protect the heart and other vitals. We are here to defend the Word of God in an age where it is being defiled like never before. Paul declared it when he wrote that he was “set for the defence of the gospel” (Phil. 1:17). Be sure that in your life you are defending the faith in a world that is hostile to it.
Many today are ashamed to declare themselves to be Christians. They are silent when they ought to speak up or bow when they ought to stand. What kind of wife stands silently by when her husband’s good name is tarnished? If we love Him, if we are near his heart, let us remain unwavering in our commitment to His Word. Stand up for Christ! Be bold and challenge the forces of darkness, fearing nothing. That is your duty of being joined in marriage to Jesus Christ.
I’ve spoken many times on the Fall of man so I will touch it lightly in this study. My main point is that we must all be watchful because we can all, like Eve, fall from grace. Paul warned the church in Corinth,
But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.2 Corinthians 11:3
I am very concerned that many go to extremes with predestination and, as such, do not pay close attention to their spiritual walk. We must be continuously watchful to be sure that we are walking in harmony with the Holy Spirit and not our own imagination. If your life isn’t bringing forth the fruit of the Spirit, get back into prayer. If your soul isn’t satisfied with God, go back tot he altar and make your calling and election sure. If we desire to overcome this age we must check ourselves constantly because it is so easy to slip from righteousness to sin.
One of the key things that makes a Christian backslide is the relationships in his/her life. This can be relationships with friends or family, romantic relationships, or purely sexual ones. All of these are reflected in Satan’s approach to Eve in the garden. It was a man whom she trusted—a man with whom she had a relationship—that deceived her into apostasy. This was the seed. Now we’re in the harvest.
Today, relationships with those who don’t know God or claim to be Christians but don’t have an experience with the Holy Ghost can pull you away from the Word because of their intellectual understanding. Be on your guard! Surround yourself with people who share your testimony.
I do not want you to question your salvation but I do want you to be watchful. Trust in the grace of God. Believe in His atoning Blood for your salvation. But walk carefully so Satan has no room to pull you into the deceitfulness of unrighteousness.
The consequence of sin
First, let me share that Adam and Eve could not be tempted in spirit form. Only in flesh could they sin. The same is true for us who are struggling along in this fleshly temple of corruption. One blessed day, if we are faithful to the Word, we will be delivered from this mortal house of clay. All the struggles and trials will fade away. So console yourself with that reality my brothers and sisters and be faithful to Him who has called you!
Because our father Adam and mother Eve lost the struggle, we see that God established a new covenant. Death had the right to strike all humanity. Sickness has the right to attack us. Troubles and pain and plans that won’t work out are all wrapped up in God’s promise that the earth will bring forth thorns. Nothing would be as it was.
And yet hope remains.
God’s promise to bring atonement (through the bruising of flesh) triggers a chain of events that will alter the rest of human history. Lord willing, we’ll see how in our next study.
Until then, may God bless you.