22 And the Lord God said, Now the man has become like one of Us, having knowledge of good and evil; and now if he puts out his hand and takes of the fruit of the tree of life, he will go on living for ever.
23 So the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to be a worker on the earth from which he was taken.
We have been lied to!
This decision of God to remove us from the garden was not an act of wrath but of compassion and mercy... That's right, COMPASSION & MERCY!
After Adam & Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, they went into hiding - ashamed, scared, deceived...
But God never changed His mind towards man. In fact, it was His intense love for man that moved Him to this merciful act!
You see, had Adam & Eve reached out and consumed the fruit of the other tree (the tree of life), man would have entered into an eternal existence of separation and fear. Man would have been forever stuck in a post sin state.
Each and every one of us would have been born "irredeemable", doomed to an endless existence of separation and fear! Forever wondering the earth while trapped in a fallen state...
But God in His mercy, allowed death to enter in to man's experience and with this incredible act of compassion, He provided the way of escape.
Man was rescued, not hated... Death was the "provision" of God for escape from the prison of eternal fear...
But wait! There's more!
Death is now a defeated foe!
Death no longer reigns!
Death has no more sting!
Death has no more authority!
Death is dead!
50 Now I say this, my brothers, that it is not possible for flesh and blood to have a part in the kingdom of God; and death may not have a part in life.
51 See, I am giving you the revelation of a secret: we will not all come to the sleep of death, but we will all be changed.
52 In a second, in the shutting of an eye, at the sound of the last horn: for at that sound the dead will come again, free for ever from the power of death, and we will be changed.
53 For this body which comes to destruction will be made free from the power of death, and the man who is under the power of death will put on eternal life.
54 But when this has taken place, then that which was said in the Writings will come true, Death is overcome by life.
55 O death, where is your power? O death, where are your pains?
56 The pain of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law:
57 But praise be to God who gives us strength to overcome through our Lord Jesus Christ.
In Christ's death and with His resurrection, God has terminated the termination!
Death was never to be part of man's experience and since the success of the cross, Papa's desire for eternal connection not eternal separation is restored!
DEATH IS DEAD, HALLELUJAH!
His Grace Is Enough
W. Adam Greer
I grew up in Northern California where I lived an extremely selfish life until the age of 29. Through a series of life altering events, I became a follower of Jesus.