In one moment, with one decision, shadowy death came into paradise and what had been the perfect Garden of Eden. It wasn’t supposed to be that way, but the scheme of the serpent to award him a kingdom in this world was granted when Adam and Eve ate the fruit of a tree forbidden to them.
Paul expresses it in Colossians 1:21 when he speaks of alienation from God. That wording means Adam and Eve (and also we) were objectively banished from God (not simply the Garden) through the barrier that God’s justice had set against the sin of disunion with Him. This is what caused spiritual death.
God had breathed into Adam and Eve “the breath of life” that united them to Him in oneness. The choice they made when they succumbed to the serpent’s guile caused the Spirit to be divorced from the body, the very definition of death.
Their one momentary lapse affects every person born on the earth since then. Satan stalks the earth, possessive of his union with man, and determined to assure his kingdom is not diminished. In his arrogance he believed he could seduce the Son of Man, Jesus, when He came to earth. Jesus, one in the Trinity, had left heaven, would He not want the power on the earth Satan believed he could offer Him?
But Satan never understood love, that perfect love of God that he abandoned in a bid for power that resulted in what sent him to earth seeking a kingdom of his own.
Even when Adam and Eve broke covenant with God on their part for the false promises of Satan, God still loved them.
As Dave Hickman writes in Closer Than Close:
“…while disunion spreads across the whole earth, God continues to chase after that which He lost at the Fall—union with His bride. Although humans divorced themselves from God, God remained faithful, committed to the union they once shared.”
Few passages of scripture describe this so well as the book of Hosea. The story illustrates His faithfulness as He instructs Hosea to marry a prostitute and who then returns to her adulterous lifestyle after the wedding. Hosea, God’s prophet, is instructed to go after her and bring her back to himself.
And so God has done that with each of us.
His mission? To once again be in union with man.
His plan was one Satan could not have imagined or begun to understand. Satan would even believe despite what he saw with Abraham, Isaac, Moses, David, and the rest of the patriarchs that union (re-union) was not possible. If God loved them and gave them laws to follow and sacrifices to make, fine! But what He had hoped for in the beginning when He breathed the breath of Life into Adam could not be undone. Of that, Satan was certain.
Satan’s pride forever caused him to miss the vibrant living truth of God and the power of His love for His creation.
When he did discover the plan, he was determined to upend it. What a preposterous idea! Jesus in perfect union in the Trinity would leave heaven and be planted by the Spirit in the womb of a woman as an infant? Certainly not likely and yet, Satan knew if God pulled it off it would change everything.
Jesus would have all power and be carried by a woman just like the one who had betrayed the union and covenant with God in the first place. He could not let anything to chance.
Max Lucado depicts the struggle in the heavenlies over the story of the Spirit hovering over the woman, Mary, chosen by God to bear His Son, in exciting images in Cosmic Christmas (later reprinted as The Angel’s Story).
Of course we know the devices of the enemy do not succeed. Jesus is born and all the efforts of Satan through Herod fail completely. But Satan is determined and waits for another chance. He could not comprehend salvation and how it could be possible.
I wonder if we truly understand it. In Closer Than Close Dave Hickman states it clearly:
“But for salvation to be possible by faith, Jesus had to unite the fullness of humanity with the fullness of divinity within his own person. In order for human sin to be forgiven, an actual human had to die. God’s justice demanded this since it was humans who sinned and not God himself.
And yet, only one who was absolutely God could atone for sin! Therefore, Christ had to serve as an atonement (at-one-ment) uniting divinity and humanity within his person. If not, then humanity’s sin could not be divinely forgiven.”
Without this, there could be no re-union and there could be no hope for man.
What a paradox for us to long to be close or closer to the Lord when He has done everything to be as close as He can possibly be and restore us to Himself.
Is it possible Satan has sought to seduce us once again into believing He is not close, even after salvation?
12 thoughts on “Re-Union Revisited”
I love the title of your post and I honestly did not expect your story to be about Jesus and satan. What a nice surprise. The quotes you shared from “Closer than Close” describe God’s relentless pursuit of us so well. I am beyond grateful that Jesus came and secured victory to free us from our sin. Beautiful post, Pam!
Thank you, Mary. I confess that I work pretty hard on titles to encourage someone to read and then discover something new and sometimes unexpected. I so much appreciate your encouragement.❤️
…”God continues to chase after that which He lost at the Fall—union with His bride.” I love love LOVE this! Its so amazing that even when we choose to not be in union with him, He chases after us! What an amazing father!
THAT is a beautiful quote, “…while disunion spreads across the whole earth, God continues to chase after that which He lost at the Fall—union with His bride. Although humans divorced themselves from God, God remained faithful, committed to the union they once shared.”
I have not read this book but need to put it on my list.
Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!
I am so glad you were blessed by it as I was. The book is excellent. I reviewed it for Tyndale House when it was first released.
This one line is sticking with me in a new way: “Satan never understood love.”
It makes me think about Satan, but also about me and the ways I don’t understand God’s love so I walk away, do things on my own, and get it all tangled up.
So grateful for the grace He offers in abundance in the process.
Thanks, Rebecca. I think love – God’s love – is something difficult for us to truly grapple with or fully understand. Perhaps part of that struggle comes in our DNA after the fall.
To the degree we grapple with it and understand it, I think we help undo Satan’s schemes and baffle him. He believes we will be like him and desire power and control more than love. Sadly, our behaviors, attitudes, and choices can reflect that.
“What a paradox for us to long to be close or closer to the Lord when He has done everything to be as close as He can possibly be and restore us to Himself.” So true, Pam! What more could we expect him to do?
I also appreciate this line: “But Satan never understood love.” The more we understand love, the stronger we’ll be.
Exactly right, Lisa, what more indeed? Thanks for your encouragement, my friend!❤️
I think that is the great lie that the enemy tries to trip us up with: “Is it possible Satan has sought to seduce us once again into believing He is not close, even after salvation?”
I think he uses the lack of feeling “saved” to trip us up. It doesn’t matter what we feel. If we have repented and trusted Christ, we are saved.
And, He promised too never leave us or forsake us. So He is with us always, no matter how it “feels.”
He is a master at lying and sadly he gets away with it too many times because we fail to recognize his subtly so many times, Jerralea. 🦋