by J. A. Gillmartin
"In your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge" (2 Pet. 1:5).
We must go to God's Word for the foundational knowledge upon which we build our world-view. Knowledge for us began in the Garden of Eden with "the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil." "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (Prov. 1:7).
Inquiry: What should we know about the Fall relative to knowledge?
1) We Should Know that the Tree of Knowledge Was a Real Tree.
a) Not a myth.
b) Luke records Adam and Eve as real people in his genealogy.
c) In Romans 5:14 and 1 Corinthians 15:22 Paul compares a very real Jesus with Adam.
d) If Adam and Eve are real then the circumstances of their creation and fall are real.
e) So, too, are sin and marriage.
2) We Should Know that It Had a Real Purpose.
a) To reveal the nature of man; fallen, yet in God's image.
b) Enhance man's need of and love for God.
c) Had they eaten of the Tree of Life, what then?
d) Grants man the privilege to choose.
3) We Should Know that It Came with a Real Curse.
a) Knowledge brings choice.
b) Eyes opened and must choose.
c) They knew they had offended God.
d) A choice of world-views is not available; their former option now two.
Application/Challenge: With the fall came knowledge of four elements of man's developing world-view:
- Awareness of shame.
- Awareness of a fear of God.
- Awareness of right and wrong (e.g., Paul re coveting).
- Awareness of penalty.
Our rebirth should have brought us the same knowledge.