The Born Again Meaning, How To Know You Are Born Again?
CHAPTER 3 IN ADAM
God created man in such a way, that he did not have a nature of his own. Adam was neutral at his creation. He had neither a Godly nature nor a Satan nature nor a human nature. He was created so that he would be susceptible to the nature of God or the nature of Satan. There was actually no middle ground, not even room for a human nature. It was either the nature of God or the nature of Satan that was allotted to man. In accordance with His desire to have loving children, not robots, God gave Adam freedom of choice.
There was one tree in the garden from which Adam was forbidden to eat. It was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit, just as God knew beforehand. Adam then possessed the knowledge of good and evil. Had Adam eaten rather from the tree of life, he would have obtained eternal life (Genesis 3:22).
Adam’s sin had major repercussions. The day he ate the forbidden fruit, he was to die. This is what God had warned him (Genesis 2:17).
How can that be? Adam continued to live after the Fall until reaching the ripe old age of 930 years (Genesis 5:5). Did God make a mistake? Has He changed his mind?
No, the truth is that Adam’s spirit died the day he followed Satan. His body continued to live, but the actual Adam, his spirit (where his identity resides), was now dead – removed far from God. Moreover he took on the nature of Satan.
Sin brings forth death (Rom. 6:23) and all of mankind proceeded from Adam (Acts 17:26), his fallen state and spiritual death was transmitted to all humanity. We have all died in Adam (1 Corinthians 15:22).
It is a difficult concept for us to understand. It sounds so unfair. Why must we be blamed for what Adam did? The answer is that is not what we are being blamed for. Most believers think sin is man’s biggest problem. Many think that those who go to hell are going there because they sinned. That is not entirely true. Why not? Because sin is merely an outer manifestation of a deep-seated inner state. We are not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are sinners. It has to do with our state. A dog is born as a dog from dog parents. A cat is born as a cat from cat parents. A fallen human is born as a fallen human from fallen human parents. The clay cannot say to the potter, why did you make me so? (Isaiah 45:9) (In any event, as we will see later, God has also provided a solution in this area.)
But the problem is not so much the sins you and I have committed. Here is the problem: Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned … (Romans 5:12)
The problem is man’s state of rebellion and hostility towards God which was inherited from Adam (Romans 8:7-8). As coarse as it may sound, we have inherited a Satan nature from Adam (John 8:44; 1 John 3:8). That is the core of the problem – our sins are merely a consequence thereof. And that state is the reason why we are spiritually dead from birth. If we take another look at the sketch of the three components of man, the essence of man’s being, his spirit, is dead at birth.
But there is a solution. That is the wonderful news! We are getting there now. But I warn you: the chances are that it has never been explained to you in the way you will read in the next few pages.