|“For the most part, understanding Scripture is not a difficult task. When you meet those who refuse to interpret the Bible in a clear, straightforward way–allowing the text to make its case–it may be that God is testing them so as to expose them as heretics to the rest of His Body.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Romans 5:12
When Adam sinned, God placed the human race on trial and condemned it. Thus Paul says, “In Adam all died.’ 405 The imputed sin of Adam made it possible for Christ to free you from the probation under which Adam lived. You are secure in Jesus in spite of your sin. How terrible it would have been if God had not condemned the human race; each would begin life as did Adam, and the world would be divided between those who had sinned and those who had not, without any hope of redemption for the sinner. For those who resisted sin, they would still live in perpetual probation. Imagine living ten thousand years without sinning, making one mistake, and spending eternity in hell.
God then prevented Adam and Eve from eating of the tree of life. Satan made a strategic mistake when he encouraged Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit before she had eaten of the tree of life, which was not forbidden. For then Adam and Eve would have lived eternally in a fallen body. Again Paul says, “0 death, where is thy sting?”406
These two events in the Garden of Eden create hope- i.e., God’s condemning the human race in Adam and blocking people from eating of the tree of life. Secure in Christ, you can sin ten thousand times without jeopardizing your relationship with Him, knowing that when with Him in eternity you may eat freely from the tree of life.407
405 1 Corinthians 15:22
Ezekiel 5-7 Hebrews 12 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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