The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So this is where all of our problems started. The Serpent promised Eve her eyes would be opened and he was right? I mean if you read just a little further you read where both Adam and Eve saw that they were naked, so their eyes were in fact opened. My question is why is it such a big deal that their eyes were opened?
Stay with me for a minute and let me see, Ha! No pun intended, if I can explain. While it is true that their eyes were opened it seems that maybe they were closed in another way. Do you remember what Jesus told Nicodemus when he came to talk with him in John 3? Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Did you catch that? The Serpent promised Eve their eyes would be opened if they ate the illegal fruit, but here Jesus is telling Nicodemus he must be born again to see the kingdom. Apparently when they disobeyed God their eyes were opened to this world and closed to the kingdom. Hence the reason they (we) must be born again in order to see the kingdom.
In the same way the Apostle Paul had to become blind in order for him to see. In Acts 9 he met the risen Christ on the road to Damascus and subsequently was blinded for three days. Acts 9:8 says, “Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing…” So we discover he had to be made blind in order to receive his sight. Paul was a very well educated Pharisee and quite the religious man. In fact he thought he was doing God’s will by locking up Christians. Jesus had to show him he was in fact blind to who God was and what he expected from him. There was an exchange in John 9 between Jesus and some other Pharisees and Jesus showed them they too had a problem with their sight . Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.” Those of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things and said to Him, “We are not blind too, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin: but since you say, ‘We see,” your sin remains. They were so self-righteous they couldn’t even see the Son of the Living God standing right in front of them.
In conclusion I would like to share just a little about what took place in the inner workings of the human at the fall. It appears when Adam disobeyed, by eating the forbidden fruit, his eyes were opened to this world, and he became self conscious. God created us to place his Spirit within us. When Adam broke the rule he lost connection through his spirit and began to relate to the world through his soul and body instead. He became outward focused rather than inward. Instead of his spirit joined with the Holy Spirit telling him what to do he started listening to his thoughts, feelings and fleshly cravings. He began living as though he was his own Lord. He flipped the human upside down in a manner of speaking. We were designed for God’s Spirit to rule our soul and body rather than soul and body calling the shots. Just as the Serpent said, “You will be as God.” The whole human race was blinded to the fact that we are merely the creation and not God. Thank God he implemented a plan to give us our sight back. Through the cross we might see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of the invisible God. For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
“I once was blind but now I see.”
Written by Louie