The idea of God’s providence is not something gathered from one particular passage in the Bible. Rather, it is a doctrine that appears on nearly every page of Scripture to which the term providence has been appropriately attached. Our understanding of God’s providence comes from a thorough study of His word as a whole, and not from a few passages of scripture.
The Devil is a real being. He is not the creation of some movie director in Hollywood nor was he thought up by an author of some fiction book. He is real and he is evil. Jesus states that the Devil was a murderer from the beginning and that the truth does not exist in him. Yet, as we read these words questions arise in our minds. Who is this villain? Where did he come from? How long has he existed? Has he always been evil? What is his purpose and how does he accomplish it?
On the sixth day of creation, God made man. Prior to this event God simply spoke and the rest of creation came into being. With man, however, a Divine Council took place. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit discussed what was to be the crown jewel of their creation. Man was to be different from the rest of creation. God made man to be different, wonderful, the most excellent of all His creation. God made man in His image, after His likeness.
The events that transpired in the Garden of Eden are foundational to a proper understanding of the word of God. In fact, if you consider all of the different beliefs that people have today they are determined by what they believe about the account of Adam and Eve. What exactly happened in that Garden scene and how does it affect us today? We want to look at Adam and Eve's experience in the Garden of Eden and determine from the Bible what it means for us today.
The Old Testament contains the most poignant stories of ancient man. Within its pages are contained the greatest accounts of man's history. Both the good and the bad can be found within its pages. In the Old Testament we can read of great moral victories as well as defeats. It contains accurate pictures of man and his struggles. This, of course, is for the purpose of giving us an example as the Apostle Paul told the Corinthians. There are lessons to be learned and some of the most practical lessons come from the Genesis account of the first man and woman.
When Adam chose to disobey God, he essentially removed God's standard and made one of his own. As a result, God's paradise became a place of pain, suffering, and death. If this were the end of the story it would be tragic indeed, but a promise was given by God. It was the promise of a redeemer. God foretold of a descendant of the woman who would deliver a crushing blow to the serpent and defeat him. We know of this redeemer as Christ the Son of God. His mission to redeem man led Him to the cruel cross of Calvary. Thus we have two very important periods of man's history, Eden and Calvary.
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