As a storm rages off the coast of our land, one’s thinking turns to the divine record of that cataclysmic day several thousand years ago when the first man and woman rebelled against God and partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  At that moment, sin entered into the human race, an occurrence far greater than can be produced by the wind and sea.  Mankind was now in a state of spiritual death for God had said … “You must not eat the fruit of that tree; if you do, you will die the same day" (Gen. 2: 17 TEV). The scoffers who deny the inerrancy of Scripture quickly state that Adam did not die that day but lived for several hundred years.  They are WRONG! God’s declaration of death did occur that same day, for spiritual death, that is separation from God, occurred at the moment that Adam and Eve sinned.  With the acquisition of a sin nature, the process of physical death also began.  Young’s Literal Translation best expresses the totality of God’s declaration … “for in the day of thine eating of it -- dying thou dost die.”  The contrast in reaction to man’s fallen condition must have been spectacular.  On earth, there was Satan’s jubilant celebration that he had corrupted God’s perfect creation.  In heaven, no doubt, there was angelic consternation that the spiritual warfare had entered into the realm of humanity.  “But [that wonderful small word that speaks unnumbered volumes of contrast] because of His great love for us, God who is rich in mercy” (Eph. 2:4 NIV) and not willing that any should perish, had anticipated the Fall in eternity past, before He created mankind. Thus, amidst the spiritual conflagration comes the pre-incarnate Christ to offer redemption and restored relationship with God.  “And they [Adam and Eve] heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden” (Gen. 3:8 NASB).  Their sin revealed, their spiritual condition terminal and no human remedy available, God in His marvelous grace presents the only way of redemption -- that of the innocent dying for the guilty, a substitute to bear their sins and the imputation of God’s righteousness to the offender on the basis of faith in the once for all sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.  This salvation from the power and penalty of sin offered to the first of mankind would be extended to the entire human race. “Therefore, just as through one man sin [principle or nature] entered into the world, and death [spiritual] through sin, and so death [spiritual] spread to all men, because all sinned” (Rom. 5:12 NASB). The Apostle Paul emphatically stated … “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23 NKJV) … For the wages of sin is death [separation from God spiritually] but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23 NKJV).  There in the Garden God slew an innocent animal and clothed Adam and his wife.  Faith placed in what the sacrifice symbolized resulted in justification and the imputation of righteousness.  That ritual would be carried out for centuries by those who would place their faith in the coming Redeemer.  The slaying of a lamb in and of itself did not save, but rather what and who were represented in the sacrificial death.  Therefore, John the Baptizer preaching to the nation Israel would declare upon seeing Jesus … “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29. NIV)!  What an amazing day in John’s life, for his was the privilege of announcing to Israel that the long-awaited Savior had come.  

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