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Eric Aboadwe    [email]    ( Ghana ) 2018-06-15     Views : 386     Touched : 79

Our Scripture reading for this New Day which the LORD has made is taken from Corinthians, where it is written:

“But I fear, lest somehow, as the SERPENT deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in CHRIST. For if he who comes preaches another JESUS whom we have not preached, or if you receive a DIFFERENT spirit which you have not received, or a DIFFERENT GOSPEL which you have not accepted – you may well put up with it! (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).

GREETINGS to all my longed-for Brethren. It has been a while since our series of studies were halted because of the audio teachings which I was preparing, but which couldn’t materialized as expected due to the challenges and inconveniences which I have to undertake such as getting the right type of audio/voice recorder. But the Scripture says that “In everything give THANKS; for this is the will of God in CHRIST JESUS for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Our biblical reading above talks about the ceaseless attempt by the Devil to “corrupt” the blessed “GOSPEL” of the Lord JESUS by using any means through his wicked, evil and cunning schemes in order to lead human beings astray from the true path of “LIFE” (John 14:6) to the path of “DEATH” (Proverbs 14:12) whose accompanying consequence is eternal “destruction” in the burning flames of hell where he (Satan) and his evil angelic followers and those who believe in his lies will be subjected and confined to.

To get the full understanding of our TOPIC of study fully, I want us to first of all look at the historical background right from Genesis in the Old Testament to Revelation in the New Testament concerning how the Devil “corrupt” the “GOSPEL” of CHRIST into something “DIFFERENT” in his endeavour to achieve his own agenda by killing human beings spiritually.

We must therefore know that the attempt by Satan to change the “GOSPEL” of CHRIST in the annals of the history of mankind dates as far back in ancient times after the creation of mankind when the “Serpent of Old” (Revelation 12:9) deceived our first ancestral parents to believe in his lies which continued and permeated even in the antediluvian era (the period before the flood), when Noah “...Condemned the world and became the heir of RIGHTEOUSNESS which is according to faith (Hebrews 11:7).

Therefore when the Apostle says in our Scripture reading that “if he who comes preaches another JESUS whom we have not preached, or if you receive a DIFFERENT spirit which you have not received, or a DIFFERENT GOSPEL which you have not accepted,” we must know that the brain or person behind this whole plot is none other than Lucifer the devil. He is the one responsible for using human beings as one of his strategies to corrupt the “GOSPEL” of CHRIST. This “GOSPEL” was first given to Adam and Eve when God revealed to them the “The Tree of LIFE” which was also standing in the midst of the garden (Genesis 2:9).

The “Tree of LIFE” was the “GOSPEL” (Good News) which God gave to Adam and his wife to eat from it so that “they may live forever” (Genesis 3:22). But Satan the enemy of good, “corrupted” this “GOSPEL,” and he told our ancestors that it is rather “The tree of the Knowledge of good and evil” which is good for their soul, and which will open their eyes to make them wise and be like God (Genesis 3:1-6). This is how the Devil actually “corrupted” the “GOSPEL” of CHRIST to bring the downfall of mankind.

When Satan told our ancestors, “You will not surely DIE. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God” (Genesis 3:4-5), it was the beginning of how Satan corrupted the “GOSPEL” of CHRIST which God gave to Adam into a “DIFFERENT GOSPEL” as clearly see from the biblical account in the Book of Genesis.

And by giving human beings a “DIFFERENT GOSPEL” which is a perverted one, Satan was able to strip human beings naked, making them lose God’s “RIGHTEOUSNESS” and killing their “soul” in the process by waging his devilish attack on them. However, as the sayings goes, “The Downfall of a Man is Not The End of His Life.” Therefore the good LORD provided redemption for Adam and His wife when He gave them the prophecy of how JESUS (the Seed) will overcome Satan by crashing his head (Genesis 3:15).

That’s why it is written that, “Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them” (Genesis 3:21). This prophetic act of God was fulfilled in the New Testament when JESUS came on this earth by being born of the Virgin, receiving baptism for the transfer of SINS, dying on the Cross, and resurrecting to redeem the entire human race from their impending destruction.

We must therefore understand that when the merciful God “clothed” Adam and his wife with “tunics of skin,” it was a “shadow of GOOD things to come” (Hebrews 10:1). And because the Apostle Paul himself understood the fulfillment of this prophetic SACRIFICE which enables us to be “clothed” with the “tunics of skin,” he spoke about its fulfillment in the same Book of Galatians where our Scripture reading is derived. He said, “For as many of you as were BAPTIZED into CHRIST have put on CHRIST” (Galatians 3:27).

Therefore no believer can put on the “tunics of skin” if he or she is not “BAPTIZED into CHRIST,” but rather he will end up putting on the garment of “fig leaves” which does not provide a lasting solution to mankind’s problem of SIN which the Devil formulated to bring man’s woes (misery). Therefore whether you are Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Anglican, Adventist, Baptist, Orthodox or whatever, you must be “BAPTIZED into CHRIST” by believing in the Lord’s baptism which fulfilled “all RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Matthew 3:15) in addition to His blood on Calvary and His resurrection.

When we set our path of FAITH straight like this as explained above, then we can discern and escape from the perverted “GOSPEL” which is something “DIFFERENT” made by Satan. Adam and Eve also believed in the SACRIFICE of CHRIST and they were saved from the paws of the Devil who came to devour them. But by the timely intervention of JESUS CHRIST through his plan of redemption, Adam and his descendants which includes all of us are ransomed when we believe in the genuine “GOSPEL.”

But we must take a great LESSON from the two (2) devious SINS which Adam and Eve committed. The first (1st) was their disbelief in God’s Word, and believing in the lies of the devil. And the second (2nd) was believing in their own works when they “...sewed fig leaves together and made themselves COVERINGS” (Genesis 3:7). So from here, we can see that Adam and Eve also invented a “DIFFERENT GOSPEL” in addition to what Satan gave to them. But God told them such is WRONG and false “GOSPEL.” That’s why He Himself clothed them with “tunics of skin” which is the true “GOSPEL.”

There is a saying that “Those who do not learn from history repeats the MISTAKES of the past.” So as a believer, don’t make the same MISTAKE which Adam and Eve made. This is a LESSON for all Christians and the whole of mankind. That’s why God recorded this event for us in the Scriptures.

Our study continues............


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