When God created humanity in the flesh and blood, there was a clear distinction between God and humanity:
- God is Spirit and immortal.
- Humanity is flesh and mortal.
But God wanted man to live forever.
This is why He gave Adam the tree of life in the garden as a FREE GIFT.
This shows the goodness of God.
Genesis 2 “ 9 Out of the ground Yahweh God made every tree to grow that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food, including the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil…..16 Yahweh God commanded the man, saying, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17 but you shall not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.”
But as you know the story, Adam did not want the free gift.
He wanted to become like God through his own knowledge of good & evil (self-righteous pride).
Man wanted to become like God by his own morality/righteousness (knowledge of good/evil).
This was the foreshadow of the Law that came 1000s of years later through Moses which imputed sin by giving Israel the knowledge of sin.
Romans 3:20 “Because by the works of the law, no flesh will be justified in his sight; for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.”
Adam’s sin was about humanity trying to reach heaven and live forever like God by the efforts of the flesh.
But it is the most absurd thing – flesh and blood cannot become like God.
No matter how many good things a man does, we are nothing compared to the perfect gory of God. How can the created man become like the ALMIGHTY CREATOR?
God is loving, perfect, righteous, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present and immortal.
Man is not-so-loving, imperfect, sinful, powerless, ignorant, limited and mortal.
Therefore man received his wages of sin – death.
But God loved us so much that He provided the way of salvation:
Romans 6 “ 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
God could not allow any human being into heaven.
Therefore God created the ONLY legal way for our salvation.
God came in the flesh as a human being through His Son Jesus Christ.
He did not sin but lived the perfect righteous life as a man.
But our sins were condemned in His body. He died for our sins.
Christ rose from the dead because He never sinned.
Adam brought death because of his sin. But Christ brought righteousness and resurrection for believers as a free gift.
Romans 5 “12 Therefore as sin entered into the world through one man, and death through sin; so death passed to all men, because all sinned…
17 For if by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one; so much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ. 18 So then as through one trespass, all men were condemned; even so through one act of righteousness, all men were justified to life. 19 For as through the one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one, many will be made righteous. “
1st Corinthians 15 “20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead. He became the first fruit of those who are asleep. 21 For since death came by man, the resurrection of the dead also came by man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. “
All who trust in Jesus Christ, will be made alive in the final resurrection.
Therefore we have a choice:
- If we trust in our works, then we will face condemnation for our sins.
- But if we trust in Jesus Christ alone, then there is no condemnation, but we will receive eternal life, the forgiveness of sins and the Righteousness of God – all of this as a free gift by GRACE without our works.
Romans 8 “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the law couldn’t do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh; 4 that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. “
To walk in the flesh is to trust in the flesh (human strength) and be condemned for sins. This is the fate of unbelievers.
To walk in the Spirit is to believe in Jesus Christ alone to receive His grace where there is no condemnation but we receive God’s righteousness as a FREE GIFT without our works.