Adam Died the Day He Ate the Fruit
Gen 2:17 KJVR But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
When Adam ate the fruit he did not physically die that day. How could that be? God said he would die and God cannot lie.
Some scholars claim that Adam began to die physically that day even although he continued to live 930 years. This view is eroneously supported by 2 Peter 3:18 by misquoting ‘one day is with the Lord as a thousand years’.
- Gen 3:7 KJV And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Apparently, God kept only half His promise. On the day Adam and Eve ate the fruit they immediately received the knowledge of good and evil, but Adam 'died' hundreds of years later.
Did God Recant?
- Gen 3:16-17 KJV Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Why did God not carry out the death sentence on Adam and Eve, did He renege? Of Course he didn't.
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The death Adam experienced due to the fall was 'spiritual death' not physical death; God cast him out from His presence.
Therefore, the purpose of Christ's death on the cross was to destroy spiritual death, thereby enabling mankind to be restored to fellowship with the Father.
Physical death was never the enemy or the issue, because it does not separate the believer from the Father. On the contrary, the believer is ushered into the greater plan of God for His 'ekklesia'.
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