Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
At the Garden of Eden, the invisible spiritual war begins on the stage of human history.
Sunday, July 6, 2003
Verse 7 – the first Adam who failed.
Verse 8 – the last Adam who succeeded.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ whereby all angelic creatures, including fallen angels, are subordinated to Him, “in His humanity.”
The first Adam was made inferior to angels, both elect and fallen.
The only way man becomes superior to angels is through union with TLJC who is seated at the right hand of God the Father, EPH 2:6.
Adam, in his original state, was crowned with glory and honor having no old sin nature.
The first Adam lost his glory and honor – the last Adam, TLJC, built upon His glory and honor.
Verse 7 – back to the first Adam in the garden of Eden.
Verse 8 – forward to the Last Adam in the Millennial reign.
Verse 9 – back to the Church-age.
This is where the angelic conflict or the invisible spiritual war begins on the stage of human history.
Satan attacked the man and to attack Adam was to attack the One who had placed him there, TLJC.
Once Adam was in the garden of Eden, he became a target for Satan disguised as the serpent, REV 12:9, and released because of the appeal trial in the angelic conflict.
It would have been impossible to reach the first Adam apart from destroying his confidence in the Creator and his trust in God’s word.
Doubt comes from not having enough doctrine or not believing the doctrine that you have.
MAT 14:31 “O you of little faith [doctrine], why did you doubt?”
MAR 11:23 Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain [major obstacle], “Be taken up and cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him.
Beginning with the woman in the Garden, Satan has been successful to the extent that the majority of believers have been detached from the only source of the spiritual life, the Word of God.
Here we see the divine explanation of the present fallen state of man and the ruined condition of our race.
He was stating the evil proposition that man had rights and should declare his independence from God.
We also see the universal tendency of human nature to cover its own moral shame by a device of man’s own handiwork.
Here we discover the spiritual effects of sin – man seeking to flee from God, GEN 3:8.
Here we witness the utter powerlessness of man to walk in the path of righteousness when divine grace is withheld from him, GEN 3:11-12.
Here we are taught of the gracious provision which God has made to meet our great need through His seed, the Lord Jesus Christ; GEN 3:15.
Here, we also see the attitude of God toward the guilty sinner;
The first thing Satan tries is to deceive the new species called Adam into following him and rejecting God.
The invisible war, which had remained in a quiet phase throughout an unknown period when the earth had been in ruin, was now renewed in great intensity.
He began to move through seductive temptation to get this man called Adam away from God, but more than this, he was seeking to get Adam to give allegiance to himself.
Everything that has ever come out of mankind for good since the origin of the human race was contained in Adam and his bride.
They were perfect in beauty, perfect in wisdom, perfect genius, but still no match for Satan.