Do you know what God meant when He said, “…for in the day you eat of it, ye shall surely die” (Genesis2:17). Adam and Eve were created by God as free moral agents. That means that they had free choice, as we do, to obey or disobey God. God made them to live eternally and if they were obedient and stayed away from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they could continue to eat from the tree of life which would make them immortal.
However, they chose to eat from the forbidden tree (Genesis3:6KJV), “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever” (Genesis3:22KJV). God could not let them continue to eat from the tree of life because to do so would immortalize sin. God gave Adam and Eve a simple command, “…but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it” (Genesis2:17KJV). We are to live “…by every word of God” (Luke4:4KJV).
The Bible says, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1John3:4KJV). What Law? The moral Law as spoken and written by God Himself (Exodus20:1-17;Deuteronomy4:13KJV).
What happens when we break God’s Law? The Bible says, “the soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel18:4KJV). So sin results in death and since “…all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans3:23KJV) we all must die. The Bible says man is mortal; “Shall mortal man be more just than God?” (Job4:17KJV).
Immortality for man only comes from eating of the tree of life and only Jesus, the “…only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality…” (1Timothy6:15-16KJV) “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans6:23KJV).
So where does the idea that man is immortal or that he has an immortal soul come from? We will study that next week.
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