To live victorious lives, we must understand the application of the following seven principles to our triune nature: our spirit, soul and body. It is upon these principles that we must build our new creation life in order to fight the good fight of faith.
Repentance from Dead Works
Repentance from dead works is the first principle we will consider. Dead works are our works that do not accomplish God’s purposes.
God gave a clear command to Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He included a consequence of disobedience that “in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:17 NKJV). Adam passed this command on to Eve. The serpent deceived Eve when he asked her, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1b NKJV). In Eve’s response, she added to what God had said by saying, “God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” (Genesis 3:3b NKJV). This revealed one of the enemy’s schemes: to question God and get us thinking by using our own natural reasoning. The serpent planted doubt in Eve and curiosity about the knowledge of good and evil. She wanted that knowledge. So she bypassed God’s way and took the short cut, her way.
Adam was not deceived. He made a conscious choice between the woman and God. Adam should have rebuked Eve and driven the serpent from the Garden of Eden. Had he done that, this story would have been vastly different. Instead, he also wanted that knowledge. So he partook with his wife. The result was that man fell and the serpent received legal rights on the earth. It would take God and His redemptive plan to right that wrong. In God’s plan a redeemed mankind will bring the final blow to the serpent and his minions.
The beginning of death started with death in Adam and Eve’s spirits which disconnected them from enjoying God’s abiding presence. It established a self-consciousness for all mankind that put self on their heart’s throne. Only through God’s redemptive plan can man be restored back to intimacy with the God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Only through God’s redemptive plan can man enjoy His presence once again.