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The Doctrines of the Trinity & The Deity of Christ as revealed in John’s prologue The Darkness Cannot Comprehend the Light 2.17, Law and Promise And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.” PROMISE LAW (requires faith) (requires works) Satan’s Deception 2.16, God’s gift to Adam: POSITIVE “From any tree you may eat freely.” 3.1, Satan presents God’s gift as a prohibition: Has God said, “You shall not eat from any tree NEGATIVE of the Garden?” Plants the seed: “Why would God withhold any Satan presents God not as a loving tree from you?” protector, but as an oppressor, 3.1 “What is He keeping from you?” Satan argues, “If you eat, you will become like God!” 3.4 They will become like God in knowing there is good & evil, but they will remain unlike God; unable to do only good. Personhood-to-Personhood The God relationship between Trinity and Man via the Person of the Word Common ord Th Divine eH eW Nature LIG oly Th HT The receptor of Light (pu Sp re r is man’s personhood Ma evela iri nk nowtion; r t s G elati od ons hip) Reception of the Light resulted in man’s perfect I recognition of God With corrupt personhood, The God man is unable to receive the light Common ord Th Divine eH eW Nature LIG oly Th HT (p ure Sp rev Man has blinded ela iri ti on) himself to the Light t though it continues to shine If life is lost, light is lost. I DARKNESS SPIRITUAL DEATH Perfect God-Consciousness Manifested throughout man’s being BONES BLOOD L MIN WIL SKIN BRAIN D S ETC. TI ON I EMO CO N SC IEN AP CE ETC. PE ETC. ORGANS TIT ES HEART MUSCLE Personhood is corrupted Manifested throughout man’s being BONES BLOOD L MIN WIL SKIN BRAIN D S ETC. TI ON I EMO CO N SC IEN AP CE ETC. PE ETC. ORGANS TIT ES HEART MUSCLE SPIRITUAL DEATH PERSONHOOD IS CORRUPT “EYES WERE OPENED” • Their awareness of God is corrupted • Their awareness of each other is corrupted • Their minds process their relationship differently • They have a conscience • They experience guilt and shame toward one another • Their will is to cover their guilt and shame RELATIONSHIP TO GOD • They still recognize God • They still have the ability to exercise faith in God They believe God will keep His promise • Their conscience convicts them of sin • Continuing to believe God is an oppressor, not a loving protector, they don’t repent and cry out for forgiveness • Their minds reason God is their enemy • Their will is to hide from God RELATIONSHIP TO ONE ANOTHER • Adam blames God for giving him Eve • He then blames Eve for his sin • No more “bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh” • Adam sees Eve as his enemy • The woman blames the deceiver WHAT IS SPIRITUAL DEATH? It is the corruption of the personhood of man resulting in the loss of perfect consciousness of God, terminating the perfect relationship between God and man which they were created to enjoy. This corruption of personhood corrupted the mind, will, emotions, conscience, appetites so that man can no longer direct them to God. Man is not only unable to relate to God as originally designed, he can no longer relate to his fellow man. Demonstrated in Adam and Eve Demonstrated in Cain and Abel “Dying, you shall die!” God judicially corrupted our personhood, scrambling the use of the immaterial parts of our nature. He changed the material part of nature to mortality. We suffer all the physical ailments of disease and death, and the affects of a cursed earth. We have a propensity toward sin with nothing to restrain us. WHAT IS OUR HOPE? As Paul cried out in Romans 7.23: but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind, and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 8.1-2: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. If man, due to his darkness, is no longer able to comprehend the light which reveals God, then the Word, in His continuous work to reveal God to man, must communicate that same light to man through a different medium; PHYSICALLY Jesus said, “I have come as light into the world, that everyone who believes in Me may not remain in darkness.” John 12.46
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