Letter to Christians in Rome: Chapter 5 (pt 5 of 11)

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In the last post I began explaining Adam’s sin as being nothing less than the crime of Treason, and that Adam turned his legal dominion over to Satan.

When you realize that this sin was committed in the white light of absolute knowledge, there is no doubt that his action was the act of treason. Think of that. According to Webster’s Dictionary, treason is an act of deliberate betrayal. Satan didn’t deceive Adam. Adam understood the steps that led to the crime. You don’t agree? Look at what Paul wrote in his letter to Timothy:

“For Adam was first formed, then Eve; And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman who was deceived and deluded and fell into transgression.” —I Timothy 2:13-14

Adam received the authority to rule the universe. God could not have given a more sacred gift than this universe-wide dominion. Then, in an act of treason, Adam turned this legal dominion over to the hands of God’s enemy, Satan.

Adam knew God. He knew Satan. He knew the result of the unthinkable crime he committed.

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any wild animal which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, You are not to eat from any tree in the garden?’ The woman answered the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit from the trees of the garden, but about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God said, you are neither to eat from it nor touch it, or you will die.’ But the serpent said to the woman, ‘It is not true that you will surely die, because God knows that on the day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it had a pleasing appearance and that the tree was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they realized that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.” —Genesis 3:1-7

Eve’s deception by Satan was due to her unbelief in God’s Word. Satan, through the serpent, first questioned the Word that God had given them, and then openly contradicted it.

This isn’t a new story for you, but as you read it, notice the perfect justice of God. He could have knocked Satan in the head and taken back what Adam had given. However, God did not usurp his power over Satan. Adam had legally conferred to Satan the authority that God had given him. If our Father was not perfectly just, he could have dispossessed Satan and punished man, and taken back what Adam had given to him. Instead of that, through His grace, He made provision for humanity’s Redemption.

If interested, you can download the entire study of The Letter to Christians at Rome


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