Rebellion and Independence

Man’s rebellion declared his independence. And it’s still the same in 2010. Men and women who rebel against God and His word find independence.

The fall of man is the foundational account of sin. By studying it, we can always gain more insight into sin and it’s nature. Without this understanding, we will become less effective in reaching souls for His Kingdom.

Watchman Nee, in his book, “The Spiritual Man” volume one, shares some good insight on “Rebellion and Independence” in the fall.

“In examining the nature of Adam’s sin we discover that aside from rebellion there is also a certain kind of independence. We must not loose sight here of free will. On the one hand, the tree of life implies a sense of dependence. Man at that time did not possess God’s nature, but had he partaken of the fruit of the tree of life he could have secured God’s life; man could have reached his summit – possessing the very life of God. This is dependence. On the other hand, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil suggests independence because man strived by the exercise of his will for the knowledge not promised, for something not accorded him by God. His rebellion declared his independence.”

“By rebelling he did not need to depend upon God. Furthermore, his seeking the knowledge of good and evil also showed his independence, for he was not satisfied with what God had bestowed already. The difference between the spiritual and the soulish is crystal clear. The spiritual depends utterly upon God, fully satisfied with what God has given; the soulish steers clear of God and covets what God has not conferred, especially “knowledge.” Independence is a special mark of the soulish. That thing – no matter how good, even worshipping God – is unquestionably of the soul if it does not require complete trust in God and instead calls for reliance upon one’s own strength. The tree of life cannot grow within us together with the tree of knowledge. Rebellion and independence explain every sin committed by both sinners and saints.”

This last sentence summed it all up. It explains every sin committed.

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2 Responses to “Rebellion and Independence”

  1. cindyinsd Says:

    Wow! Excellent word, Richard. Funny–God was talking to me about nearly the same thing a couple of days ago. He seems to do that a lot. I think the key is that with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we have, as you said, a kind of independence. Knowledge of good and evil without having to go to God.

    The Tree of Life points to Jesus, and only in partaking of Him can we truly live. With it comes the mind of Christ and godly wisdom. So it’s not like God wants us dumb or anything. We just need to put the more excellent thing (Jesus) first. Everything else will be added to us.

    Love, Cindy

  2. Richard Says:

    Cindy,
    Right on! Good words.
    Thanks, and bless you!

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