In Message 18 we come to the first fall of man, which is recorded in Genesis chapter three. In order to see the significance of man’s first fall we need to consider the cause, the process, and the result. Outwardly, Satan, with his questioning of God’s Word, was the cause of man’s fall. However, the inward cause of the fall was the woman assuming the headship. Man’s position before God is that of His wife. Isaiah 54:5 says, “For thy Maker is thine husband.” Whether we are male or female, we are part of the wife and must always keep ourselves under God’s covering. Whenever we do anything in ourselves, we put God aside and assume the headship. Eve failed in taking Adam as her husband and was deceived by Satan. Even in small matters, we must learn to say, “Lord, I am not the husband. You are my husband. I simply rely on You.” These are the outward and inward causes of the first fall of man. The process of this fall was firstly that Adam and Eve did not use their spirit. “We must realize that our husband is with our spirit and exercise our spirit accordingly.” Secondly, Eve exercised her soul when speaking with the serpent. In her mind she was reasoning, in her emotion she was pleased with the fruit, and in her will she made the decision to eat the fruit. Finally, her body carried out her intention and partook of the fruit. The result of this entire process was that man’s soul was corrupted, his body transmuted to become the flesh, and his spirit deadened. In other words, the satanic nature entered man’s being and constituted him a sinner. The fall also brought man under God’s condemnation, brought in the curse, cast man out of paradise, and ultimately brought in death.
But Genesis 3 does not stop here. Hallelujah! In messages 19 and 20 we see that after man’s fall God did not come to judge but to save. And His way of salvation is through the gospel. In speaking to the serpent in Genesis 3:15, God said, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between your seed and her seed.” To Adam and Eve, who thought they were under the sentence of death, surely this was the glad tidings. Adam reacted to God’s word by naming his wife Eve, which means living. “When the people hear the glad tidings of Genesis 3:15, receiving the the gospel and responding to it, they will shout, ‘Now we are living. Praise the Lord!'”