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Genesis 3

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 1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any creature that the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God really said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?'"

 2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of all the trees of the garden,

 3 Except the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden. God has said, 'You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'"

 4 And the serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die.1

 5 For God knows that on the day that you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."2

 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. [She began thinking for herself, doubting that God was incapable of deceiving her, (doubt is the opposite of faith); believing the serpent and making her first, independent-of-God decision: that the tree (knowledge) was good for her; desiring knowledge to be wise like God and decide for herself whatever was good and bad. The fruit of her doubting and thinking was lust and ambition; that was the fruit of her thinking independent-of-God. "I the LORD search the heart, I try the mind, to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings [works]." Jer 17:10. Doubting and thinking led to lust and ambition, (the fruit), which led to her disobedience, which was her eating the fruit, which resulted in the penalties of God, who gives to every man according to the fruit of his doings, according to his ways — be those ways walking in faith or walking according to "the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the thoughts of our mind," Eph 2:3]

 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

 8 Then they heard the sound of the LORD God moving in the orchard as a wind in a storm,3 and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

 9 But the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?"

 10 So he said, "I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself."

 11 And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?"

 12 And the man said, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate."

 13 And the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done?" And the woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

 14 Then the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all livestock, and every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.4

 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel."5

 16 And to the woman he said, "I will greatly multiply your suffering and your pangs in childbirth; you shall bring forth children in pain; and your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you."

 17 And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; you shall eat of it in sorrow and toil all the days of your life.

 18 It shall bring forth thorns and thistles for you, and you shall eat the plants of the field.

 19 By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for you were taken out of it; for you are dust and to dust you shall return."6

 20  And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.

 21  The LORD God made Adam and his wife tunics of skins and clothed them.

 22 And the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us, to know good and evil. Now, he must not put forth his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever" —

 23 Therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.

 24 So he drove the man out; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden the Cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life. [Thus men passed from life to death, having lost the life of God, which is the light of men; and all men then walk in darkness, unless they are restored to the image of Godpure, perfect, holy, and righteouspassed from death to life — back to eating from the tree of life in paradise. Until restoration, all men are mostly deaf to the voice of the Lord, blind in darkness out of the light of God, lame in ability to walk with God, and dumb with inability to speak virtuous words as directed by God. From the Word of the Lord within: "Obedience leads to restoration of life."]

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1 Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat; for on the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. There is a lot of chatter on the Internet saying that since Adam and Eve did not die, God lied. But Adam and Eve did die to the superior Life of God, not to the life that we know. The Life of God was to be in fellowship with, in the presence of, in the heavenly light, in paradise, energized by God, directed by God; they lost it all. The earth to which Adam and Eve were banished is the dimension of earth in which we live: the cursed, lower dimension of earth that shares the same physical space as paradise's higher dimension, (parallel dimensions). Our existence on this cursed earth is a death; we are dead — as Jesus said to a would-be disciple who begged off following him in order to bury his father: "Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead." Mat 8:22. Obviously dead people cannot bury other people; so the dead are those dead to the life of God — not following the light of life, the life of God, Jesus, the light that enlightens all men. Now all people are in darkness, as they are in Adam in the transgression, and dead from that image, righteousness, and holiness, in which man was first made. In this physical dimension, man is as different from God as a rat is different from man. We lost the spiritual image of God, which was usurped by the spiritual image of Satan. This Life in God that Adam and Eve lost is what Jesus came to restore to those who could believe in the true gospel, offering to become pure and free from all sin, offering union with God, offering to be translated into paradise, offering to partake in the divine nature, offering to be renewed in the image of God of righteousness and holiness. To be renewed into the life of God, which is eternal peace and joy, requires us to lose our selfish, sinful nature that is our fleshly life; the sinful nature is destroyed by God through the inward cross of self denial. But Christendom has lost sight of that true gospel and created a false salvation that leaves man dead in his sins. See John 14 and John 17 for more on the true gospel.

In his Introduction to the Journal of George Fox, William Penn has a wonderful description of the events of Adam and Eve:

MANY have been the dispensations of God since the creation of the world, unto the sons of men; but the great end of all of them has been the renown of his own excellent name in the creation and restoration of man. Man restored, the emblem of himself, as a god on earth, and the glory of all his works. The world began with innocence. All was then good that the good God had made; and as he blessed the works of his hands, so their natures and harmony magnified him their Creator. Then the morning stars sang together for joy, and all parts of his works said Amen to his law. Not a jar in the whole order, (everything was smooth): but man in paradise, the beasts in the field, the fowl in the air, the fish in the sea, the lights in the heavens, the fruits of the earth. Yes, the air, the earth, the water, and fire worshipped, praised, and exalted his power, wisdom, and goodness. Oh holy sabbath! Oh holy day to the Lord!

But this happy state did not last long. For man, the crown and glory of the whole creation, being tempted to aspire above his place, unhappily yielded against command and duty, as well as interest and happiness; and so fell below it, losing the divine image, the wisdom, power, and purity in which he was made. By which, being no longer fit for paradise, he was expelled from that garden of God, his proper dwelling and residence; and was driven out, as a poor vagabond, from the presence of the Lord, to wander in the earth, the habitation of beasts.

In his greatest writing, No Cross No Crown, William Penn describes this fall in further detail:

An inordinate desire of knowledge introduced man's misery, and brought an universal lapse from the glory of his primitive state. Adam desired to be wiser than God had made him. It was not sufficient to know his Creator, and give Him that holy homage his being and innocence naturally engaged and excited him to; nor to have an understanding above all the beasts of the field, the fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea, joined with a power to rule over all the visible creation of God; but he had to become as wise as God too. This unwarrantable search, and as foolish as unjust ambition, made him unworthy of the blessings he received from God. This drove him out of paradise; and instead of being lord of the whole world, Adam becomes the most wretched vagabond of the earth.

A strange change! Instead of becoming as gods, they should fall below the very beasts; in comparison of whom, even God had made them as gods. The lamentable consequence of this great defection has been an exchange of innocence for guilt, and a paradise for a wilderness. But, which is yet worse, in this state Adam and Eve had gotten another god than the only true and living God; and he who enticed them to all this mischief, furnished them with a vain knowledge, and destructive wisdom — the skill of lies and equivocations, shifts, evasions, and excuses. They had lost their plainness and sincerity; and from an upright heart, the image in which God had made man, he [man] became a crooked, twining, twisting serpent; the image of that unrighteous spirit of the serpent, to whose temptations he yielded up with his obedience his paradise of happiness.

Nor is this limited to Adam; for all, who have fallen short of the glory of God, are born sons of his disobedience.

And so man, in hopes of becoming like God, only became like Satan — a rebel, an enemy of God, a slave to sin, a slave to the power of Satan.

2 For God knows that on the day that you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. The original temptation was for man to think for himself, to decide what was good, and what was bad. So Adam and Eve decided they wanted to be wise like God, deciding what was good and evil for themselves. Now, up to this time, they only did as God told them. They heard the sound of his walking in the garden, they heard his voice. They did not decide what was "good" or "desirable" for themselves — they trusted God to show them the right thing to do and say. But suddenly they could decide for themselves what they wanted, and what they didn't want. They immediately decided they were naked: I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself. Gen 3:10. See, they were beginning to think for themselves, looking out for Number One, who was no longer God. They were afraid too. They began to worry, to doubt, to fear. Supposedly they were to become wise like God, able to decide what to do for themselves; but this was a great loss, for the serpent became their God instead. The spirit of Satan usurped the Spirit of God in Adam and Eve. The spirit of Satan now was in man, who wants to make his own decisions, who wants to be wise, who wants to be his own God, who wants to live his life as he chooses between what he thinks is good and and what he thinks is bad — but man only became a slave to his lusts and pride, cutoff from the power, wisdom, and guidance from God.

In hopes of becoming like God, man only became like Satan — a rebel, an enemy of God, a slave to sin, a slave to the power of Satan; and now man must work hard for his food.

And so, man continues today, trying to be his own god. Man walks by his own mind, (which is enmity with God), he walks after the imagination of his own heart; while he tries to make peace with God by ceremonies, rituals, reading scriptures, attending sect services, tithing, fasting, etc.; but he still walks after the imagination of his own heart. God tells us that walking after the imagination of our own hearts is worse than worshipping wooden or stone idols:

Because your fathers have forsaken me, said the LORD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law;

And you have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, everyone of you walks after the imagination of his evil heart, and therefore they do not listen for me. Jer 16:11-12.

Each of us is part of the fallen human race, walking with a mind and imagination that instead of being in the spiritual image of God, is in the spiritual image of Satan and is incapable of being pleasing to God. Each of us is a slave to our wanting more (lusts), pride, sexual immorality, anger, pleasures, passions, etc.; each of us is a selfish, sinful being. We walk in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the thoughts of our mind; and are by nature the children of wrath and the object of His [God's] indignation. We walk according to the ways of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air [Satan], which is the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience, Eph 2:2-3; we are the disobedient descendants of disobedient Adam.

From the Word of the Lord within: "Religion has rejected the status of men;" all the world's religions, (including today's Christianity), ignore that man is a fallen creature. Instead the world's religions teach that we can become pleasing to God with some ritual, ceremony, prayer, meditation, etc.; none of which changes us from being defiled in our thoughts and unacceptable to God and heaven. Although we can hide our anger; although we can avoid committing adultery; although we can restrict our flesh from running to or reaching for evil; we cannot change the fact that we get angry, that we look at others with lust, that we want more, etc.; we are selfish creatures intent on pleasing ourselves. Only the power of God can remove our selfish human nature. To become pleasing to God; to rid ourselves of our defiled hearts; we must be completely changed by the power of God to receive a new heart, mind, and spirit.

From the Word of the Lord within:

However, Jesus offers us a solution. He came to restore man to the spiritual image of God, to be able to enjoy his fellowship and direction again; which requires a man to crucify, (mortify, kill), his sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial. No one can be a disciple of Jesus unless they deny themselves and pick up their cross every day and follow Him, (which is to obey Him).

From the Word of the Lord within:

Christianity today is an enemy of the cross, falsely teaching that the cross is not necessary; and so their believers continue to sin and thus remain slaves to sin, John 8:34. The only cross of Christianity is just decoration, hanging on the wall or worn as jewelry. As children of Adam, those in Christianity were living in a state of damnation before they became believers; they remain damned after they become believers because they are still sinning and slaves to sintheir damnation does not slumber, remaining in the condemned state of Adam, unpurified, unholy, unrighteous, unjustified, unsanctified, unsaved.

Christianity leaves people living in the lusts of their flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the thoughts of their minds, just like the rest of men; they are left in their sinful natures, walking according to the flesh, whose aim is satisfying things of the flesh; in their lusts, desires, affections, pleasures, pride, anger, vanity, fear, worries, plans, etc.; they are left walking in the ways of the world, according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan) Eph 2:2-3. If you live after the flesh [the sinful nature], you will die. Rom 8:13. By Christianity supposedly "saving" you in your sins, you have lost your chance to find the superior life of God: For whoever will save his life, shall lose it; and whoever will lose his life for my sake, shall find it. Mat 16:25. The purpose of this web site is to teach you how to receive the changing power of God, to become free of sin and enter into union with God as you are translated into his Kingdom, while on earth and then forever.

Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil in all mencleansing them to reunite with them as they were before the fall, restored into God's spiritual image, and even beyond the state of Adam and Eve; beyond their state, where they were capable of falling to temptation, to a union with Christ, to the rest sitting in Christ, perfected and protected forever against falling to temptation.

3 Then they heard the sound of the LORD God moving in the orchard as a wind in a storm. This phrase is typically translated as "God walking in the garden in the cool of the day." However, as stated by The Net Bible: "moving" is more accurate than "walking," which assumes a God in human form with legs; and while "cool of the day" is the typical translation, but "in the wind of a storm" is just as accurate. God appearing in a storm, particularly for judgment, is supported by the following verses:

Behold, the storm of the LORD has gone forth in wrath, even a raging storm; it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. Jer 23:19

Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goes forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind; it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked. Jer 30:23

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,... Job 38:1, 40:6

The LORD is slow to anger and great in power and will not at all acquit the wicked. The way of the LORD is in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. Nah 1:3

You will be visited by the LORD of hosts with thunder and with earthquake and great noise, with storm and tempest and the flame of devouring fire. Isa 29:6
The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders; the LORD is upon many waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
The voice of the LORD strikes and flashes forth lightning.
The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. Psa 29:3,4,7,8

The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lit up the world; The earth trembled and shook. Psa 77:18

Jesus said: The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell from where it comes, and where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. John 3:8

When suddenly a sound came from heaven like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Acts 2:2

4 the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all livestock, and every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life." dust shall be the serpent's food. Isa 65:25. From the Word of the Lord within: "the dust the devil eats is the physical manifestation of the spiritual." Man's physical body turns to dust. In Hell man's soul, the spiritual, is destroyed by God: fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Mat 10:28. Perhaps that explains the ferocious opposition that the devil applies to the true believer; he is greedy for his food, and I suppose all the demons live on man's spiritual decomposed soul. Now, as bad as that sounds, if it is the devil's only food, you can see why he is relentless, prowling around the camp, (true Christian people), like a roaring lion, seeking those whom he can devour. 1 Pet 5:8. George Fox posed an even greater question:

If their [those still sinning] god and prince's food is dust, and he goes upon his belly, then how will you disobedient ones, in whom he rules, go? [Fox says men in Hell will be going on their bellies, Mark 9:48 supports: Where the worm does not die.] What is your food but dust? [Fox says our food is the same as our prince's food]. For do you think you must fare better, or go better than does your god and prince, that is out of truth, and there is no truth in him? Oh, no; therefore obey truth, which the world's god and prince is out of; and the pure Spirit of God, that foul, unclean spirit is out of; and then you will have heavenly milk and wine, and the honey and honeycomb, and bread of life from heaven, by which you may live by Christ that gives it you, the prince of life, who destroys the prince of death, and his followers, that will not have Christ to rule over them.

In a letter to Justice Sawrey, warning him of the consequences of Hell for his cruel persecution of the early Quakers, George Fox wrote: "How will you be gnawed and burned one day, when you shall feel the flame, and have the plagues of God poured upon you, and you begin to gnaw your tongue for pain, because of the plagues!"

5 And I will put enmity between you [serpent] and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He [a later seed (descendant) of the woman] shall bruise your head, [a later generation of the serpent's seed]. And you [serpent] shall bruise His [the woman's seed] heel.” Gen 3:15.

The seed of the woman is the Spirit of Jesus Christ, born of a woman, the seed of Eve.

The seed of the serpent is the selfish spirit in you, the sinful nature, the carnal mind.

The woman's seed Christ, was severely bruised when He tasted death for every man.

When you are purified, Jesus appears bringing you your salvation, the head of the serpent in you is crushed by Christ, thus to break his power and strength, and to destroy him and his works. (He, Christ, the seed of the woman, bruises the serpent's head in individual believers who carry their cross to purity.)

And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. Rom 16:20

From George Fox's Letter #172:

So everyone of us, that has come to the seed of God, that bruises the serpent's head, that led man from God, who is the prince of the world, the prince of darkness, and the prince of the air, the father of lies, a murderer from the beginning; the corrupter of mankind, the author of the separation from God, and the original of sin, the beginning of it, which led man from his dominion over the handiworks of God; which the royal seed Christ, destroys, and renews man again in the image of God, and brings him again to his dominion over the handiworks of God. And this hundreds of thousands are now witnessing; by which they come to be kings, and redeemed from the earth and come to be made kings upon the earth, in the image of God, over the handiworks of God, in the wisdom by which they were created....Among these Christ is king, which thousands witness. Among these he is king.

After your sinful nature has been crucified, Jesus appears [is revealed] in glory and power within you, to destroy the seed of the serpent. For this purpose the Son of God is revealed [in us], that he might destroy the works [sin] of the devil. 1 John 3:8. You become an entirely new creature; your soul is joined (married) with the Spirit of Christ to become one, [union] an entirely new creature. Before Christ is revealed, the man of sin, (the Spirit of Satan in you), is revealed within you, showing you all manner of evil on the earth; this is the abomination of desolation, standing in your heart's temple, where it should not. But this is the end of your fleshly self, as Christ then appears and slays the residual spirit of Satan within you by the brightness of his coming, by his breath, and the splendor of his coming, by his crushing the head of Satan under his [and your] heel. The final judgment. The true baptism of the Holy Spirit: into the death of Christ. The sharing of his death. Then the sharing of his resurrection in you.

6 cursed is the ground because of you; you shall eat of it in sorrow and toil all the days of your life. It shall bring forth thorns and thistles for you, and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you shall eat your bread. Consider this curse to be not only the physical curse, but a spiritual curse of man's heart as well for the heart of each man is a mirror of the earth:

When Adam ate from the forbidden tree, their eyes were opened, opening up their vision to the physical dimension of the earth as we know it, no longer seeing by the light of God with the eyes of their soul and heart, no longer knowing what to say, no longer guided in what to do; instead Adam and Eve began walking by the thoughts of their mind, by their new imagination, and by lusts and pride. However, their new carnal mind and imagination, making their new life of the flesh, was no match for the paradise, peace, joy, wonderful fellowship, and guidance they previously had from God — so, to Adam and Eve, life as we know it was a colossal tragedy because they were fully aware of what they had lost, the superior life of God; but we, the descendants of Adam, do not know any life other than this life of the flesh in this lower dimension of earth, and so we are mostly ignorant of our cursed existence. If we knew, we would be spending every spare minute in seeking God, seeking His righteousness, seeking His reconciliation, seeking His kingdom, seeking His light, seeking His fellowship, seeking His love, seeking His guidance, seeking the superior life of God; we would be obsessed in being restored to the image of righteousness and holiness that Adam and Eve lost. It's like we have been being hit over the head with a hammer every second of our life, so we think it's normal; and we go through life trying to find happiness in approval of others, toys, pleasures, TV, movies, surfing the web, lusts, meditation, things, bodies, drink, drugs, foods, exotic vacation spots, big bank accounts, power over others, pride, etc.; and the vast majority of people die, never realizing there was a better life to be had while still alive on earth —paradise, the kingdom of heaven.

So how does any man escape this life's curse, the darkness, the imprisonment, the captivity, the slavery, of which he is usually not even aware?

By the grace of God, Christ the light is given to every man so that He might believe — including to believe the truth of a man's ways, which the light reveals within him. God then visits every man at some time in their life, anonymously pleading with them to turn from the evil of their ways. So why does he gently, anonymously plead with us instead of severely threatening us with Hell? Because He is quietly and gently sorting us between those who love the truth and the way of the Golden Rule vs. those who love their selfish, evil ways so much that they discard His logical, clear, gentle, considerate, anonymous pleas with indifference. Those who love the truth and choose to heed his pleas to depart from their selfish, evil ways are then candidates for Him to draw with His love — candidates to become sons of God. He has to draw us in love, not in fear; for love is the only lasting motivator. The vast majority of men do not comprehend this anonymous pleading to come from God; and so if they don't love the truth of what they have been shown by the light of God within every man, they reject the truth, loving their evil ways, and in effect hating the truth, which is to hate Christ, who is the truth. The few that feel convicted as they are shown their evil ways, who acknowledge the truth of what they have been told, and who resolve to change their life accordingly — because of their love for the truth, those few men and women are then chosen by God to be given a spiritual experience that gives them a taste of the goodness of God, which is given to motivate them to seek He who has been hidden to be revealed. For those few, thus starts their spiritual journey to: 1) first discard the broad easy ways that lead to destruction and find the narrow, only way to God: the cross, and 2) to make the difficult journey to full reconciliation with God, restored to what Adam and Eve lost, but even better: to be translated into the heavens, to sit in the heavens with Christ, protected from ever sinning again, and be in their presence continually — all while still alive on earth and then forever.

From the Word of the Lord within:

Because a sect of Christianity's member has been taught that there is no condemnation for those in Christ, and because they incorrectly have been taught that they are in Christ, when the Lord anonymously pleads with those who name themselves Christians to turn away from their evil ways, they often think they are being condemned by an evil spirit; and so they reject the pleading of the Lord:

From the Word of the Lord within:

Many have been taught that because they "believe in Jesus" they are in Christ, and therefore they should not be subject to any condemnation, based on the scripture: "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Rom 8:1. However, to walk after the Spirit is to be led by the Spirit in thoughts, words, and deeds. If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Gal 5:18. To walk after the flesh is to walk according to the thoughts of your carnal mind, the desires of your flesh, and your evil heart, before you have been cleansed and purified; until then you are not in Christ Jesus because your are still walking in the flesh — in your lusts, desires, affections, pleasures, pride, anger, vanity, fear, worries, plans, etc., which is just like the rest of the world that lies in wickedness and darkness. To be in Christ, you must be through with sin completely. (Click to see the scriptures that prove this).


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