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A Tale of Two Men

06 June 2011 by Neil

Q. 21. Did man continue in that estate wherein God at first created him?
A. Our first parents being left to the freedom of their own will, through the temptation of Satan, transgressed the commandment of God in eating the forbidden fruit; and thereby fell from the estate of innocency wherein they were created.

Q. 22. Did all mankind fall in that first transgression?
A. The covenant being made with Adam as a public person, not for himself only, but for his posterity, all mankind descending from him by ordinary generation, sinned in him, and fell with him in that first transgression.

Q. 23. Into what estate did the fall bring mankind?
A. The fall brought mankind into an estate of sin and misery.

The Spirit touched him, and the breath of life caused the chest to heave. The man arose. There is no word in any language to express the wonder and exhilaration that grasped his being. Everything was new! He was new! It all seemed to be made for him. An innocent and perfect creation awaited his hand. In due time his Father God gently led him down the path and into the Garden. The man followed willingly.

But God saw that the man was alone, and that he needed a companion. God gave him a soulmate.

The man could not endure the innocence. He did not obey the one command.

He ate the fruit. He added to creation. He introduced something new. The man introduced leaven. The man brought sin into the world, and death through sin. By the sweat of his face, he now had to eat leavened bread.

The man died, and he is dead still.

All of his kinfolk die, died, and will die, even if they accomplish the unachievable, and do not sin. And they are dead forever, in every way that a person can be dead. Even while they live, they are dead.

When the man brought life to the leaven, he brought life to Death, and hope died.

Genesis 2:7 Genesis 2:15-17 Genesis 3:6 Genesis 3:8-10 Genesis 3:17-19 Romans 5:12 Romans 5:14
The Spirit touched her, and the breath of life caused the chest to heave. The girl arose. There is no word in any language to express the wonder and exhilaration that grasped her being. Everything was blessed! She was blessed! It all seemed to be made for Him. An innocent and perfect creation would be born in a manger. In due time His Father God gently led him down the path and into the Garden. The Man followed willingly.

God saw that the Man was alone, and that His companions were lacking. The Man had no soulmates.

The Man did not disobey a single command. He refused to endure the alternative.

He drank the cup. He remade creation. He made everything new. The Man introduced grace. The Man bore the sin of the world, and He became death and sin. By His sweat and His blood, he became broken bread.

The Man died, but He is not dead still.

All of his kinfolk die, died, but will live, because He accomplished the inconceivable, and did not sin. And they will live forever, in every way that a person can be alive. Even when they die, they live.

When the man gave salvation despite the leaven, he brought Life from death, and hope revived.


Luke 1:30-35 Mark 14:32-27 John 19:30 2 Corinthians 5:21 Luke 24:1-6 Romans 5:14-19