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What Eve Has Taught Me – Debbie Kea

Eve. Mother of all living. First woman. First wife. First sinner. I’ve heard women speak negatively about Eve for most of my Christian life. But as I have studied her, I have developed a great sympathy. Let me show you why.

Sin.  We are all well aware that Eve was deceived by Satan (Gen. 3:4-7). She learned that just because something looks good doesn’t mean it is good. She learned that the Devil lies. She learned to listen to God.   We are critical of her; yet who of us has not sinned? The apostle Paul declares that all have sinned (Rom. 3:23). As I review my own sins, I feel pity for the first woman. There is no record of any other sins of Eve, but this one teaches us serious lessons.

Obedience.  God’s first law was a law of obedience to Adam and Eve (Gen. 2:17). They were clearly instructed by God not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Obedience to God’s laws remains for all of us today if we are to be pleasing to our Maker. We must not only obey God’s commands but we are also to teach obedience to our children and our grandchildren. A lack of respect for authority has become one of the worst problems of our society. Lawlessness reigns in our world. Most importantly, this disobedience separates us from God.

Blame.  We have played the blame game since the beginning and we continue it still! When accused, it’s usually the first thing we humans do—point to someone else. It’s a rare individual that takes personal responsibility for his actions. Adam started this habit by blaming “the woman thou gavest to be with me” and Eve continued by pointing at “the serpent” who beguiled her (Gen.3:12-13). They both knew the truth; that’s why they knew they were naked—their guilt. Our task now as humans is to build our character so that we will be strong enough to admit our sins, repent of them and grow! We must be responsible for our own actions—to God and others. We must be willing to say, “Yes, it was me and I’m sorry.”

Power and Influence.  Eve teaches me that women have great power and influence. Adam was created first and had the responsibility to be the spiritual leader of his home; therefore, Adam should have stopped Eve from disobeying God but he didn’t.   We, as women, must recognize our role in the home as God’s plan. Paul tells us man was not created for the woman but the woman for the man (I Cor. 11:9). Submission and subjection are not inferiority. They are the role that God has given us as women. However, our influence and power can only be for good when we allow our husbands to lead our homes. We must use our influence for good there as well as everywhere we go.

Suffering.  Women have endured suffering since Eve sinned. She was banished from the garden. She suffered in childbirth. Most of us who are mothers understand this well. She suffered over her children. One of her sons was a murderer, and one of her sons was killed. She suffered great loss with both of them. We learn that children who grow up in the same household may very well take different paths in life.   Eve suffered watching her husband work by the sweat of his brow for over 900 years! Sin brings suffering.   Eve learned this.

Desire.  God told Eve that she would have desire only for her husband. This seems an odd thing to say at a time when Adam was the only man there! But as I think about this, I am reminded of many women whose desire is not for their husband but for other things, such as money, career, popularity or a variety of other cares of the world. Unfortunately, today we Christian women are considered peculiar if we care about what our husband wants instead of what we want. This is one of the contributing factors to the destruction of the home in our world now. The world sees nothing wrong with a woman satisfying a man in her career or job; yet Christian women are ridiculed for wanting to satisfy or help their husbands to be happy in their marriage!

Wisdom.  Satan tried to convince Eve that she could be as wise as God. We must not let Satan fool us in this. Instead of trying to be as wise as God, we need to recognize His power and greatness and our dependence upon Him! “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov. 1:7). If we would truly be wise and happy, we would come to the One Who gives wisdom, knowledge and understanding (Prov. 2:6; 3:13).

Salvation.  Like me, Eve needed salvation. God, through His lovingkindness, provided from the beginning a way for Eve to be saved, to be brought back into a right relationship with Him. Jesus would come and bruise the head of the serpent, Satan (Gen. 3:15). And my obedience through faith would find access to the Lord’s saving blood (Rom. 5:1-2; 6:1-4). God did not leave Eve without hope. Jesus’ blood reaches back to her (Heb. 9:15). Neither does He leave us hopeless, for Christ is the Savior of the world if we would hear His voice (John 10:27; 3:17; Heb. 2:9).

Eve, mother of all living, continues to teach us lessons today. Though I am empathetic, it is still clear that Eve sinned and was punished for it. She remains, not a myth, but a real woman, made to be a helpmeet for man, a position that no other creature could fill. God help us to learn by studying Eve to be obedient children so that we can fulfill our role as women in His kingdom.

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Top Five Blessings Of Being In God’s Kingdom – Vincent J. Eagen, III

The “Kingdom of God” is often a misunderstood term, even among the religious. Historically, God’s Kingdom was known as Israel, to whom he gave the Promised Land. God symbolically dwelt among them in the tabernacle (and later, the temple), gave them victory over their oppressors, and allowed them to face trials when they failed to follow him. Ultimately, God brought forth his own Son through them, and it was known that the kingdom would pass through him. The kingdom was taken from those who failed to follow God, and opened to others (the Gentiles). Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it” (Matt. 21:43). In Jesus’ lifetime, people expected an earthly kingdom, but Jesus clearly stated that his kingdom was spiritual (John 18:33-37; Acts 1:6-8). Clearly, the kingdom is the church.

Still, there are many today who make mistakes about God’s Kingdom, thinking it is a future earthly kingdom. Those who look only for a future kingdom are missing the point, and they are missing out on the glorious blessings God has bestowed on those who are Christians (for every Christian is a member of the church, and thus every Christian is a citizen of the Kingdom of God). “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?” (Psa. 116:12)

Blessing #1—We are part of God’s family. Paul said, “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the house hold of God” (Eph. 2:19). Isn’t it great to know that no matter where you go, when you find Christians there you are among family? Everyone in the kingdom is part of the same family. We have the love and encouragement of our brothers and sisters as we travel through this life. The Spirit through Paul illustrated it as a body: “And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it” (1 Cor. 12:26). When something bad happens to a family member, we ought to feel sympathy for that member, and if something good happens, we ought also rejoice.

Blessing #2—We have forgiveness. Not just forgiveness for the sins we committed in the past, but forgiveness for our current sins as well. John was writing to people who were already citizens of the kingdom when he said, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). As long as we recognize our sin when we are convicted, and ask forgiveness from the Father, we have continual cleansing from the fountain of blessing. Under this blessing we could also include grace—that is God giving us what we do not deserve, and mercy, which is God not giving us what we do deserve.

Blessing #3—We are heirs. Seeing as we are children of God, adopted as it were into his family, we become heirs to the promise and joint-heirs with Jesus. We inherit all he has to give. “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Rom. 8:16-17). There are several things we inherit. The Hebrews writer described us as heirs of salvation: “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” (Heb. 1:14). He also referred to us as being heirs of the promise: “Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath” (Heb. 6:17).Peter wrote that the Christian husband and wife are “heirs together of the grace of life” (1 Pet. 3:7).

Blessing #4—We have freedom. Paul said, “Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ” (Gal. 4:7). Since Jesus redeemed us, or bought us back, from sin with his blood, we are now freed from our burden of sin and the wages that come with that. According to Romans 6:23, the wages of sin is death. The faithful in Smyrna were promised by the risen and glorified savior that, “He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death” (Rev. 2:11). In Revelation 21:8 we are told that the second death is the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, wherein all those who practice unrighteousness have a place. Because we are citizens of the kingdom, we are free from that burden.

Blessing #5—We have salvation. Because the kingdom is built on the confession that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God (Matt. 16:16), and because Jesus lived his entire life without sin (Heb. 4:15), he was able to be that perfect sacrifice that could take away sin from any who would come to him. In Acts 2 we learn that God added to the church—which is the kingdom—those who were being saved. Thus, all those who are part of the kingdom have salvation.

James reminded those to whom he wrote that all good and perfect gifts come from above, from the Father (James 1:17). This suggests that everything that is truly part of the kingdom is good and perfect, and there for our help. Sometimes we get caught up in our lives here and we forget the glorious blessings we have as citizens of the Kingdom of God. When we catch ourselves slipping into that, it would behoove us to take a few minutes to remember who we are, and where our citizenship truly lies. When we take the time to focus on that with which we have been blessed, we will remember that there is no better thing than to be a citizen of the Kingdom of God!

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