1.When Adam was made from dust, he did not have a selfish heart (that is, he did not speak on his own)
the spirit of God showed him what to do and moved him what to speak
Ge 2:15 Yahweh God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And Yahweh God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."
Note: We know three points from here:
1) The Spirit of God commanded him to work and take care of it;
2) Gave him the freedom to eat freely;
3) Gave him an order.
Why did Yahweh God give Adam an order? Because the breath of the Almighty gives men understanding
Job 32:8 But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding. 9 It is not the great that are wise, Nor the aged that understand justice.
Yahweh is a God of justice
Isa 30:18 Therefore Yahweh waits to be gracious to you; therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For Yahweh is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.
2. Eve was deceived by the serpent
1Ti 2:13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.
Mal 2:15 And did he not make one, although he had the residue of the Spirit? And wherefore one? He sought a godly seed.
Eve was the residue of the Spirit, without Christ abiding in the heart
2Co 13:3 Since you seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, (who is not weak towards you, but is powerful among you, 4 For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God's power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God's power we will live with him to serve you. 5 Test your own selves, whether you are in the faith. Test your own selves. Or don't you know as to your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in you? Unless indeed you are reprobate. 6 But I hope that you will know that we aren't reprobate.
Eve was deceived by the serpent
Ge 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals Yahweh God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, `You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" 2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, `You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'" 4 "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Note: The deceit with which the serpent seduced Adam and EveF
1) Made mischief the intimate relationship of Adam and Eve with God.
2) Seduced Eve to bear a mind of doubts about the word of God, resulting in the violation of Yahwehfs command.
3) The serpent seduced Adam and Eve to exalt themselves before God, to be equal with God.
4) The serpent seduced Adam and Eve to eat fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden, and could make men have human wisdom, and know themselves, namely selfishness.
What is the tree in the middle of the garden that was good for food
Da 4:10 These are the visions I saw while lying in my bed: I looked, and there before me stood a tree in the middle of the land. Its height was enormous. 11 The tree grew large and strong and its top touched the sky; it was visible to the ends of the earth. 12 Its leaves were beautiful, its fruit abundant, and on it was food for all. Under it the beasts of the field found shelter, and the birds of the air lived in its branches; from it every creature was fed.
There is a tree in the middle of the land that is visible to the ends of the earth and is food to all flesh, what does this mean?
Da 4:22 you, O king, are that tree! You have become great and strong; your greatness has grown until it reaches the sky, and your dominion extends to distant parts of the earth. 23 "You, O king, saw a messenger, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, `Cut down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump, bound with iron and bronze, in the grass of the field, while its roots remain in the ground. Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven; let him live like the wild animals, until seven times pass by for him.'
The tree is King Nebuchadnezzar, the tree was cut down and destroyed, but its stump and its roots remain in the ground, bound with iron and bronze, this is the language and literature of the Chaldeans (Da 1:4) and the philosophy Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon used to administrate the state. Nebuchadnezzar was cut down and destroyed, but the language and literature he used were inherited. Visible to the ends of the earth means that the language and literature Nebuchadnezzar used of the day, and from this tree all flesh is fed, that is, all use the language and literature philosophy
Eze 12:13 I will spread my net for him, and he will be caught in my snare; I will bring him to Babylonia, the land of the Chaldeans, but he will not see it, and there he will die.
There he will die, but he will not see the doctrines of men.
Col 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
Now to use the philosophy, not to depend on Christ, but on human tradition and the basic principles of this world, is the human wisdom, and can know selfishness.
What is made according to their own understanding, like chaff on a threshing floor:
Hos 13:1 When Ephraim spoke, men trembled; he was exalted in Israel. But he became guilty of Baal worship and died. 2 Now they sin more and more; they make idols for themselves from their silver, according to their own understanding, cleverly fashioned images, all of them the work of craftsmen. It is said of these people, "They offer human sacrifice and kiss the calf-idols." 3 Therefore they will be like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears, like chaff swirling from a threshing floor, like smoke escaping through a window.
3. Adam and Eve, having had selfish hearts, concealed their sin and hid their guilt in their hearts
Job 31:33 if I have concealed my sin as men (Adam) do, by hiding my guilt in my heart.
Ge 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Everyone sewed coverings for themselves by their own wisdom, starting to speak their own words for themselves and uttering their own doctrines, to cover themselves. See Ge 3:8-13)
Ge 3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of Yahweh God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
The cool of the day
SS 2:17 Until the day be cool, and the shadows flee away, Turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.
The day be cool, and the shadows flee away:
Ps 84:11 For Yahweh God is a sun and shield; Yahweh bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
Yahweh is a sun.
Having had onefs own words, and the word of God flees away, this is: the day be cool, and the shadows flee away
Ge 3:9 But Yahweh God called to the man, "Where are you?" 10 He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."
Having had onefs own words, and hearing the voice of God, hide from Yahweh, afraid
Ge 3:11 And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" 12 The man said, "The woman you put here with me--she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it."
Adam shifted his sin to woman, to God
Ge 3:13 Then Yahweh God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
Woman shifted her sin to the serpent, to God.
4. Adam and Eve were seduced by the serpent and became selfish,
then the selfishness of men is under the power of Satan
Ge 3:14 So Yahweh God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.
Man was made from dust.
1Jn 5:18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him. 19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
1Jn 2:15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world.
Ro 5:14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.
Isa 29:4 Brought low, you will speak from the ground; your speech will mumble out of the dust. Your voice will come ghostlike from the earth; out of the dust your speech will whisper.
Mt 16:21 From that time on Jesus began to explain show to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!" 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."
The things of men are under the power Satan
Eph 2:1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.
Eph 6:12 For our struggle (wrestling) is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts, is wrestling against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Ac 5:1 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife's full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles' feet. 3 Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn't it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn't the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God."
Ananias lied, deceived the Holy Spirit and was filled with Satan in his heart, Satan lied from the beginning, see
Jn 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
5. How can we remove our selfish hearts?
1Jn 3:5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. 7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.
To appear is to speak the words of God in revelation, see:
2Co 12:1 I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord.
Speak the words of God with your mouth, and your own words and thoughts are abolished
Eze 11:17 "Therefore say: `This is what the Sovereign Yahweh says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.' 18 "They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. 19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. 20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
Ro 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold under sin.
The law is spiritual, a new spirit is put in heart to remove the heart of stone, so as to be the people of God
Zec 7:12 They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the Yahweh Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the Yahweh Almighty was very angry.
Eze 36:24 "`For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God.
Heb 10:9 Then he said, "Here I am, I have come to do your will." He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Jesus is the Son of God, the word of God. Speak the word of God moved by the Holy Spirit, onefs own mind, word and will be set aside; The word Paul speaks is the Word of God, writes the Spirit of the living God onto the tables of hearts, and turns men from the power of Satan to God
Ac 13:44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the Word of God. 45 When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and talked abusively against what Paul was saying. 46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, "It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. 47 For this is what the Lord has commanded us: "`I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.' " 48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of God; and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
2Co 3:3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 4 Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.
Ac 26:15 "Then I asked, `Who are you, Lord?' "`I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,' the Lord replied. 16 `Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you. 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. 18 I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'
6. Speak the Word of God, remove selfish hearts and reach a harmonious living
Ac 2:36 "Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." 37 When the people heard this, they were cut to pricked in the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" 38 Peter replied, "Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off--for all whom the Lord our God will call." 40 And he testified with many other words and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation." 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. 42 They devoted themselves to continued steadfastly in the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 And day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
This Jesus God has made him Lord, namely the Word of God our Saviour, see
Tit 2:10 not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
Rev 19:11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule (or shepherd) them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Peter spoke the words of God in the possession of the Holy Spirit, namely the Word of God. When people heard this, they were prickled in hearts. Whoever has received the Word of God had his selfish heart removed and shared everything, and give to anyone as he has need
Ac 4:31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. 34 There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.
Many believers of the word of God, their selfish hearts removed, no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but shared everything with all, and gave to anyone as he had needed