When Adam ate the forbidden fruit, God simply could not change his mind and commute the sentence of Death. The seed of the fruit entered into Adam's flesh and passed to his children. It eventually has to be purged.
This fruit was not an apple as often illustrated. It was a fig. Our clue is the skirts of fig leaves that they made for themselves once they saw they were naked. This is just a clue. The so called philosopher or skeptic may well object that this does not prove that it was a fig tree. Meaning that this scripture does not conclusively prove that it was a fig tree. Right. But we have to remember that God puts everything in his word for a purpose. So we have to take the clues he gives us and all the Holy Ghost to let us see the connection. To the skeptic who demands absolute proof, we can reply with the words of Jesus: 'He that has an ear, let him hear!' If you look at how the fig tree is used in scripture, you can see it's association with the Law and with the nation of Israel, a people under the Law.
After all what is the knowledge of good and evil but knowledge of the Law?
When you eat an apple, the seeds are discarded with the core. But when you eat a fig, the seeds, which are so tiny and mixed in with the pulp of the fig are eaten too. The fig has no core.
We know the fig tree symbolizes the law and the leaves speak of self righteousness. And we know the letter of the law worketh or produces death. So by eating the fig man allowed the workings of death to enter and become part of his flesh. He took on the sentence of death all on his own. So Death comes not as an externally administered punishment for sin, but as a natural consequence.
Lust produces sin and sin produces death.
Romans tells us that Adam was of fore type of Jesus.
Ro 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
And here in Timothy we read that Adam was not deceived.
1Ti 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
So perhaps this means that Adam deliberately ate of the forbidden fruit, and took on the sentence of death, for the sake of Eve. For we see that Jesus willingly took on the judgment of death for the sake of His bride! Any time you follow the dictates of religion, which is the law, you are eating of the tree of knowledge. It produces death. When you follow the Lord Jesus in close personal relationship, you are eating from the Tree of Life.
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