Genesis 1 gives us the account of God creating the world. He spoke everything into existence, and when He was finished He looked at creation and “saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31).
It was very good because it was made exactly as God desired, and everything operated the way He intended. This was the reality God wanted mankind to live in for eternity. However, we know that Adam and Eve sinned when Eve was deceived by the serpent and they both ate the fruit of The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Adam and Eve’s sin resulted in mankind living in a new reality separate from God. This new reality would be one of hardship, where Adam’s work would require him to sweat and toil over the ground in order for it to bear crops and Eve to give birth with pain. Mankind and all of creation would no longer live involuntarily by the power of God.
This new reality is now one that is emotionally based and driven by the five physical senses.
All mankind is born into this reality and we all live and operate in this sphere. We will spend our whole lives in this predicament without a relationship with God. We’ll live by the belief that if we can see it and touch it, then it’s real.
However, God has a higher plane for us to live our lives in this fallen world. It’s the reality we were separated from when Adam and Eve sinned. It’s one where “we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal,” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
We’re going to spend some time talking about these two different realities: the carnal and the spiritual. We’re going to learn how to live in God’s spiritual reality and to do what it says in Romans 4:17, “call into being that which does not exist.”