Excerpt from The Runaway
One Woman’s Journey to Living Fully in the Father’s Love
In order to understand the Scriptures, our reference point always has to be the character of God. We have such a tendency to shape our thinking through our own experiences and in turn define truth through our own understanding. We all do it. It is a condition of the fall. It is the fruit of the tree of which Adam chose to eat – the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
If you do not have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus, then you need to understand what actually took place in the Garden of Eden in order to come into the knowledge of your true need. If you have grown up in church, you may be familiar with the story, but I want to suggest that our hearts and minds may still have areas of dullness concerning Genesis 3:15 because Satan knows that this is the area of contention for the souls of men. The more light we allow the Holy Spirit of God to shine in the original battleground for truth, the more freedom we will find to truly walk in the light as He is in the light.
Our starting place to understanding Genesis 3:15, is actually found in the New Testament. It is here, in the account of Jesus’ ministry on earth that He tells us why the Son of Man had to come, “The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” 1 John 3:8. Any gardener will tell you that if want to truly destroy the wild vine that is choking out the life of your fruit bearing plants, you have to pull it out by the root. It is the same with sin and the root is found in the Genesis account.
However, in our limited human capacity, we tend to think that Genesis 1:1 which states, “In the beginning…” is the beginning; and we can’t wrap our minds around the fact that God is eternal. So instead of starting at the point of contention (Genesis 3:15), let’s start with the heart of Father God which Jesus came to reveal. By understanding who Jesus says that He is, we can truly know the Father’s original intent toward us, His creation. We do not have the same advantage that Adam had. He began his walk with the Lord in complete dependence and pure knowledge of the goodness of God. Our understanding comes from the other side of the fall and we are all in need of being saved from the deception of the sin that lives within and wars against that original state of living in the fullness of the love of the Father.
Jesus, the Way to the Father
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14: 1-7.