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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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But continue: "And God blessed them ..." Did He
bless
them by creating in them an evil sinful nature, utterly unable to
be subject to God's
right
way of life? But continue this passage:
" ... and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and re–
plenish the earth" (Gen. 1:28).
"And God saw every thing that He had made, and behold, it
was very good" (verse 31 ).
If
the first humans - as God had cre–
ated them - were VERY GOOD, could it include a hostile and evil
nature that was very EVIL?
That ought to give every reader something to think about!
Now what does this record of the creation of the first humans
reveal as to Adam's nature
at the time of his creation?
1 repeat:
Only the very most brief high spots are recorded here. The little
that is revealed gives us, however, all we really need to know.
Here it is: "And out of the ground the [Etemal] God formed
every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought
them unto Adam to see what he would call them ..."(Gen. 2: 19).
Here, in the briefest of summaries, we may see clearly
whether this short account reveals a rebellious and disobedient
nature in Adam, or one of compliance and obedience.
Absolutely NO REBELLION is indicated here.
W
e find, instead,
the response that Adam gave names to all cattle, to the fowl of the
air, and to every beast of the field.
This incident reveals Adam's attitude and nature
as he was
created,
PRIOR TO his temptation by Satan (which is recorded in
chapter 3). Notice carefully. Absolutely NOTHING in the account
of this pre-temptation incident indicates in Adam the presence of
an evil, hostile, rebellious attitude or nature.
It
does not reflect a
heart that is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, as
human nature is described (Jeremiah 17:9), nor a carnal mind
that is enmity (hostile) against God and which "is not subject to
the law ofGod, neither indeed can be" (Romans 8:7).
Nor, on the other hand, does it reveal a nature filled with the
Spirit of God. Adam had not yet been confronted by Satan, had
not disobeyed, nor had he taken of the "tree of life" to receive the
indwelling LOVE and POWER of God's Holy Spirit, which would
have imparted the DIVINE NATURE (11 Peter 1:4).
So prior to the temptation by Satan, we have only the revela-