Are you a Christian all the time? “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Col. 3:17)
How many people are Christians on Sunday morning only, how many concern themselves more with the world that is, than the one to come, how many honor Him with their lips occasionally, but not in front of all they meet. “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” (1 Cor. 9:27)
The mind is what Paul was speaking of here, our thoughts propel the flesh into action. “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” (James 1:15) Lust starts in the mind, it may be kickstarted, or ignited by one of our five senses, but until we move willingly towards it in our minds, by our own free will, it is not sin, for even our Lord was tempted in these ways. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Heb. 4:15)
I do not know what initially caused the first recorded sin to happen, that of the iniquity that was found in Satan, (Eze. 28:15) what he saw, heard or any other reason besides his pride, if there was a kickstart, so to speak that propelled him to his fall. I know what caused the fall of one third of the angels, the words of Satan. I know why Eve fell, the words of Satan. “The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat,” (Gen. 3:13) is never an excuse, blaming someone else for any sin that we personally commit has never been an acceptable excuse in the eyes of the Almighty, so on your day of accounting remember these words, “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” (Psalm 51:4)
But, the only thing I know for the reason that Adam fell is this one verse, “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.” (Gen. 3:17)
Here is where the lines from deductive reasoning skills, Spiritual discernment and conjecture are easily crossed, and many men, including those who are God-fearing, Christ-centered have crossed it unintentionally. And so, I will offer it to you only as a means of contemplation, without any proof of the notion from the Scriptures.
“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.” (Gen. 2:17) “Look at me,” Eve said, “God said we would die if we ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, yet I am not dead.”
Satan is the father of lies, (John 8:44) this world at the present time belongs to him, (2 Cor. 4:4) and so the world is covered and operates on lies, it makes sense, that deductive reasoning I spoke of earlier, that the first words out of Adam’s wife would be a lie, since she was a part of the world, her answer would be a lie.
I contend that Adam did not eat the fruit because of his great love for his wife only, but because he did not use wise Spiritual discernment in this pivotal moment, he used deductive reasoning skills, how could one go against the logic when the proof was standing right in front of him, Eve did not die. The conversation may have continued for quite some time, but everything after that moment was incidental, the logic was irrefutable.
Our bodies are to be kept under subjection, our minds are ours to do with as we please, it is called free will, and although the Holy Spirit offers us the truth, many times we prefer the path of our own choosing, we choose to rebel, we choose to believe the lie. And so, we are not Christians all the time, by choice.
Unless ye repent you will not find yourself in the favor of the Lord, no matter how much you read and study His word, no matter your lifestyle, the money you put in the plate as it passes by you, no matter your prayers, unless you repent where you are with the Lord is where you will stay, there will be no further growth.
“Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” (Matt. 18:22) If we are to forgive our brothers this innumerable amount of times, how much do you believe the Lord will forgive His children who come to Him in true repentance? We cannot be who we want to be in Christ while we are in this body of sin, but we can repent and be forgiven every single time we fall. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” (Psalm 51:17)