God created us to be receivers of his Spirit. We were created with a human spirit meant to be in union with his Holy Spirit. Of course we know what happened. Adam disobeyed God’s one prohibition and ate of the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. He was drawn in by a very deceptive being, also a spirit by the way, who tricked him by telling him “The day you eat of this you will be as God, knowing good and evil.” So Adam broke the one and only law he had been given. He declared himself independent and found himself on the outs with God.
There are laws that govern how things work. For instance gravity works the same way every time. If you hold a book or keys up and let them go they will fall to the ground every time, that’s gravity. While gravity is what causes it we call it the “Law of gravity” to define how it works. It is the same with other things. When it comes to humanity I guess you could say it would be the law of receptivity. We are meant to work by receiving, but Adam decided rather than simply receive from God, that he would live as if he was God. Therefore the idea we are independent from God, and we can make up our own minds about what is good and what is evil, is at the root of our troubles. We are powerless without him and yet we are deceived into thinking we can be our own source.
The Bible teaches us that “God is love.” This means love is the way God works right? Love would be what the Law of God is really all about; so when it comes right down to it’s just as Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” This is the greatest commandment and sums up all of what God is after. This is what God has always wanted and expected of us but he also knew we didn’t have the ability to do this apart from him. This is why he also had the Tree of Life in the middle of the Garden too. If Adam had eaten of the Tree of Life he would have received the very life of God but as we know he and we have to take the long route most of the time.
In Jeremiah 2:13 we read a fascinating verse that seems to relate to this. It says, “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” In this verse we see that God is the fountain of living waters and if we reject him we will never have the water. What is worse is we have not only rejected the one who is life we actually think we can live from a source that has no water or life in it at all. Apart from Christ we can do nothing; there is no other source of life.
God is love and he created everything so that means everything was created by and for love. When man broke away from the only love and life source there is to live as independent beings God’s expectations of us never changed. It’s as if he said, “Well okay you think you can do this thing alone give it a good try then.” You think you can love me and others independent of me? How about I give you some laws so you can see how I operate? You want to be like me then here are my laws and he gave us his commandments. Of course these all really just tell us to love God and love our neighbor and you guessed it no one apart from the Spirit of God within has succeeded yet.
Now we come to the point. God loves us so much he lets us live as if we don’t need him. He loves us so much he waits patiently until our burden from trying and failing grows so heavy and we are being crushed under its weight. He waits and watches longing for us to simply cry out for him to come and rescue us. Meanwhile we struggle and strive in attempt after attempt to do good and avoid evil. Finally the day comes when we can absolutely no longer carry the load. Jesus’ invitation sounds inviting and we take him up on it. He said, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Usually this only takes place when we are too beaten down to even try again. Finally the deception of the independence is exposed and we know, I mean really know, we cannot love God or our neighbor. It is only then that we are willing to receive the Spirit who is love, and we relinquish the control of our lives to the one who is life and love, Jesus Christ.
Written by Louie