Adam and Eve shattered the one demand God placed on them in the Garden of Eden. Just as God had warned them, Adam and Eve’s spiritual death happened immediately. Their intimate personal relationship with God was killed, by their own decision. The first couple’s physical death would occur many years later.
“They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord” (Genesis 3:8).
There, in the Garden of Eden, I wonder. “Did Satan think he had defeated God? Through their disobedience, the course of human HIStory was altered forever. For the first time, they experienced shame and fear. Separated from their Creator, Adam’s sin code was written into the DNA of every one of his children forever, except for One.
Since the Garden of Eden, each and every member of the human race has been plagued by the natural consequences of their own personal sin. Adam was incapable of doing anything to escape his own death. Neither can any of us. Once we physically die, we’re finished. There are no second chances. This is the bad news.
Here is the Good News! Out of love for His creation, God made a way for sin and death to be beaten. The truth is that Satan was already beaten even before he tempted the man and woman with “you will be like God.” He just didn’t know it.
Look at Genesis 3:15. There you will discover the first promise of God’s final victory. God told Adam and Eve that there would be a continual battle between Satan and the woman, “between your seed and her seed.”
He shall bruise you on the head
and you shall bruise him on the heel.
Remember! A conditional covenant has an if / then formula. Look closely again at Genesis 3:15. Does God make an if / then kind of statement or an I will statement? An unconditional covenant is governed by God saying I will do this or that. In an unconditional covenant, God does not depend on the obedient action of anyone else. When God gives His word on a matter nothing can change it, not even Himself. If God changed His mind about something He unconditionally promised to do, He would be a liar. Satan is the liar, not God!
What an encouragement it is to compare Genesis 3 with Revelation 12:9; 20:2-3, and 20:7-10. Since the dawn of time, a war has raged unseen by natural eyes. It is not a war between flesh and blood. It is a spiritual war between God and Satan. This explains why those who have not been given back their spiritual lives through faith cannot see what is happening in the world around them. Even though it may look like the enemy is winning this war, God’s victory is certain.
Deep down Satan knows he is already beaten, but do you?