In the Garden it was Satan who displaced the man and woman from God via casting doubt upon what He had stated, and then adding to it (changing it). Read Genesis 2:17; 3:1, 4. Selah. Any man doing these things today, is the very agent of the enemy of all souls himself – Satan.
Paul the apostle was “jealous over” Christ’s body whom he “espoused (engaged) … to one husband (Christ).” As an overseer called by God, the apostle sought and fought to “present (them) as a chaste virgin to Christ.” He feared that as Eve was subtly beguiled by Satan, so Satan’s ministers would seduce and corrupt the minds of God’s people away from Christ, removing them from being singly affectioned to Christ, from “the simplicity that is in Christ.”
“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:2-3
One commenter notes the following about these 2 enlightening verses above:
“2 Corinthians 11:2
a [For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband] The apostle here alludes to the custom of special care of virgins to see that they are educated and kept pure for marriage.
b [virgin to Christ] Paul was jealous over his own converts that he might present them to Christ just like a chaste virgin is presented to her husband. It was not Paul’s job to present the whole church to Jesus Christ. Each man will have rejoicing in his own converts (1Th_2:19).
2 Corinthians 11:2
[so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ] Here Paul fears for his own converts that they may be turned away from Christ, as Eve was beguiled by Satan to turn away from God.” Dake
Not only did man collude with Satan in the Garden ….. Satan has personal knowledge of what it means to be expelled from the presence of God by way of the choice to sin against Him.
Satan began perverting God’s Word, changing what He said, all the way back in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:17; 3:1, 4).
“Individuals have believed the worst lie unleashed by Satan on humanity when they believe redemption cannot be lost in the temporal realm. It is as the lie the serpent told Eve. The fact is, that the eternal security lie has been largely perpetrated by Calvinism. There are no verses that support it. It is the major reason for the apostasy, and currently the great and final apostasy.” Cedric Fisher
It ALL Goes back to the Garden
Garden of Eden. The fall of mankind. How Satan works. Genesis 1-3.
HOW TO KNOW SATAN’S SNAKES
It’s simple: they teach the same “Eternal Security” lie that Satan taught and which caused the fall of mankind in the Garden. Beware. Confirming people in their sin—promising them “eternal security” while they are not in a present, holy, abiding, obedient relationship with Christ, is the work of wolves! (Genesis 2:17; 3:4; Jeremiah 23:17; Jude 3-5)
Satan’s Goal and Game in the Garden!
What was his goal? – to cause the man and woman to sin. Remember, Lucifer, now Satan, spent eons in Heaven hearing the angels crying out in worship to God, “Holy, holy, holy” (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8). The devil has intimate knowledge of God, of His holiness, and of what separates His created beings from Him. Satan himself is a product of rebellion! Selah.
A historical and foundational understanding happens when you see where eternal security/OSAS originated! Game over for Satan!
GOD SAID this to the sinless man in the Garden, Adam:
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof THOU SHALT SURELY DIE.” Genesis 2:17
SATAN SAID THE FOLLOWING AS HE TEMPTED THE WOMAN TO EAT OF THE FRUIT OF THE TREE GOD HAD FORBIDDEN.
WHO told the woman she was not going to “die” if she sinned? Satan.
In the Garden God told the man that if he disobeyed, if he sinned, he would die which means to die spiritually and be separated from God (Genesis 2:17). Then Satan countered with:
“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall NOT surely die:” Genesis 3:4
There it is. This is the exact lie we know that’s being peddled today as OSAS (once saved always saved), eternal security, or the perseverance of the saints.
The first man and woman took the bait of the enemy and were expelled from the presence of God, from the garden of God.
Now are we beginning to see how the OSAS counterfeits are shaking their fist in the eyes of a holy God when they declare that sin doesn’t separate them from Him?
We know the LORD kept His Word and yet if God had not expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden when they sinned, we’d know He is:
- a liar
- did not keep His own Word
- is no longer holy
- that the wages of sin is not death
- the fall of man never happened
Like the first man and woman whom Satan tricked, many today have been weakened in their resolve via Satan’s first lie which is peddled today under the guise of being part of the Gospel. They use cliches of OSAS (once saved always saved) or eternal security. As we see in the Garden when Satan used this very lie to cause the fall of mankind, his un-conditional security heresy removes the holy fear of God from the hearts of those who allow it and lowers their guard, always leading to sin against a God who told us that He is “Holy, holy, holy” and to “Be ye holy as I am holy” (Isaiah 6:3; 1 Peter 1:15-16; Revelation 4:8). He also told us that “the soul that sinneth, it shall die” and “the wages of sin is death” (Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 6:23).
The Pristine State of the Garden of God’s Creation – Before and After Sin was Committed
Were Adam and Eve in perfect communion, perfect standing with the LORD? Yes. What changed? Sin. Did God then remove them from His presence? Yes. Why? He’s “Holy, holy, holy,” and therefore “the wages of sin is death” which means separation from God because He is holy (Isaiah 6:3; Romans 6:23; Revelation 4:8). Has He changed? No (Hebrews 13:8).
“Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Ezekiel 18:4
All who vainly believe they can live in sin and still be Heaven bound are serving themselves. They view things from their own selfish-perspective because they have never truly repented and are serving the god of self – are living according to a self-serving agenda. Their “god is their belly” (Philippians 3:18-19). In contrast, those who truly serve the LORD honor Him for being who He told us He is – “Holy, holy, holy” (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8). And, in doing so they conform to HIS will, and do HIS thing, not their own thing. They live on HIS stated terms, and not their own. This is in contrast to the many who claim to be Christ’s but live according to their own selfish agenda, on their own terms and not God’s. These are the ones Jesus foretold He’s going to declare to them “Depart from me.”
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23
Satan and Eve
- Once saved always saved
- Eternal security
- Once in grace always in grace
- God’s not an Indian giver