Yeah, I know what you are thinking. It is not World Technology Day Celebration and neither am I celebrating technology today but in the spirit of technological advancements – iPhone 6, iPhone 7, iPhone 11…LOL, I would like to “teach” some biblical truth. Now, please do not get me wrong, I love iPhone and am currently seriously in need of a MacOS laptop! But today, I want to share some biblical truth, coming from what we know and are familiar with to what we are not used to. We know and understand why Apple, Microsoft and every other tech-based company keep on issuing upgrades and that is the knowledge you need to benefit from today’s post.
In my defense, this might be a little bit too long but worth it because am teaching and I need you to really understand where am coming from. So, take a good position and have a bible handy. Let’s go.
Back to the genesis, the creation of Mankind v1.0, actually Genesis 1:26-27
“26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
“7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
And so God created and formed man as we know it. Then it happened, the inauspicious event of the Garden of Eden, the event that corrupted Mankind v1.0 and brought the need for v2.0. For those of us that are not familiar with the history of that garden, I will spare you a few lines in this post to bring you up to date but for a full download, please refer to Genesis chapter 3. Mankind v1.0 got corrupted by the devil and sinned against God. The serpent, that old serpent as recorded in the book of revelation of whom the bible says was “more subtle than any beast of the filed which the Lord God had made” tempted mankind in the person of our beloved mother, Eve. Tempted her to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which God had commanded that they eat not of all the trees in the garden. They could even eat of the tree of life but not the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Yeah, I know you are wondering “why then did God even put it there in the first place?” Anyway, not that I haven’t wondered about it too but then, who are you o creature to ask the Creator, the one that made you what He can or cannot do with his creations, even the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. However, I do know that all His thoughts for man has always been of peace and not of evil to bring us to an expected end so He didn’t put it there with evil intents. But the devil, that old serpent (Rev. 1:2), being evil of whom I am left to wonder why he didn’t eat of the tree with Eve so that he would be wise and be as a god too because he told Eve, “Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil”.
He didn’t eat of it because he had a better plan. Not only did Adam and Eve disobey God and sin in doing so, they also died as God said. Funnily, when God speaks things are established and so immediately God had told Adam that if they ate of that tree they would die, it was established and it happened when they ate of it because Eve ate and also gave her husband, such love. Now, in verse 22 of Genesis 3, God admittedly says “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”. Most people think that because of this statement from God that the devil was right but that is very wrong and here is why. God said, man has become “as one of us” and what is the qualification of “us”, “knowing good and evil”. “As one of us” indicates a class, a group, a set of people and that rightly means man now belongs to a class that “know good and evil” because prior to this event, only God had the knowledge of good and evil, not angels not man not the devil. Is this knowledge a qualification to “god-ship” like the devil purported to Eve? I think not. Because in Genesis 1:27, God had already created man in His image, like Himself only without the knowledge of good and evil and must have withheld it for good reason, reasons of peace and not evil, maybe until man could handle such knowledge because after this, God sent Adam and Eve out of Eden and it is recorded in Genesis 6:5 that “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” hence another problem with Mankind v1.0. Also, the eating of the fruit of that tree did not kill man but his disobedience to God’s commandment. The eating of the tree actually did make man know good and evil as we have seen, but with it was attached a punishment for inherent disobedience, death. And so the devil had succeeded in bringing death through the disobedience of Adam for the wages of sin is death, now man would die, man that had what he had always wanted, “to be as God” could die and he had the power of sin over them.
Not a few lines of history afterall, but what is worse is that this act condemned all of Mankind v1.0 under sin, under the devil’s manipulations. So, it is said in Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” and also God lamenting says in Romans 3:10-12,23 “There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. That all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. That all (you and I) have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God because Adam was the “prototype” of you and I, we were in Adam as seed (sperm) and if God made trees and animals to bear after their kind, then we too were born after the kind of Adam and Eve. Therein is the general judgment and condemnation of the version 1.0 of mankind that all, all mankind have sinned and fallen short of the glory, the fullness of the image of God. They had become spoilt, corrupted with a “virus”. The virus being the lust that made Eve desire to be wise, the lust to do anything to be wise even disobeying God. 2 Peter 1:4b says “that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” and 1 John 2:26 says “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world”.
Thank God for Jesus Christ, our Savior and the glory, completeness and fullness of the Godhead (Colossians 2:9-10). Who was led by the Spirit of God to be tempted by the devil just as the first Adam was (Matthew 4:1-11), to go through the same temptation of the first Mankind, to go through what caused a malfunctioning and failure in Mankind 1.0 and He passed the temptation in flying colors. He showed who Mankind 2.0 is and the superiority of Mankind 2.0 over Mankind 1.0 for as many as believe in Him (Mankind 2.0) and receive Him are born again, recreated to live just like Him above the schemes of the devil and has overcome the devil just as He did. As many that believe in Jesus, will do exactly what Jesus did when He was tempted. Just like we would do exactly what the first Adam did when he was tempted by the devil as our default mode, they that are born again in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh (the first Adam) but after the spirit (the last Adam who is a life giving Spirit) have overcome the devil and our victory is by faith in Him that had overcome him for us and shown us the way to do it. Jesus is unto us that believe in Him the wisdom and righteousness of God, the fullness, completeness of the image of God without any shortages. Not just Mankind v2.0 indicating the need for a third but the LAST and complete Mankind without any further need of improvement or “upgrade” or even occasional updates. Paul called Him the Last Adam!
In case you were wondering what the difference between the first and last Adam is that makes the last Adam do what the first Adam could not do and generally be a superior mankind see 1 Corinthians 15:45-50. It says;
“45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven”.
I will end with this, the answer is simple, not only was the first mankind corrupted by lust, the first mankind was earthy, natural made a living soul but the last mankind was made a quickening (live-giving) Spirit and more on that some other time.
But in the spirit of the New Year, New Year resolutions and all not that being born again is by resolution God-forbid, because then by February everyone would have lost their salvation. But in the spirit of newness, please be “upgraded” in the spirit which is your operating system by being born again through faith in Christ Jesus. Amen
Shalom! My love is just for you!