This Wednesday with Our Fathers revolves around the Fall. This is the point in history that mankind spiraled out of God’s presence into the wilderness and under His wrath. The first two chapters of Genesis are the prelude to the Fall, which occurs in Genesis 3. God told Adam in Chapter 2 that he and his wife may eat of every tree in the garden save one, this is how it reads,
“15The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2.15-17
We then read in Genesis 3 what transpires,
1Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. Genesis 3.1-7
It is this moment, when the pride of Satan tempted Eve, and when the pride of Eve lead her to take the fruit and the pride of Adam took it from her hand and ate as well. Sin is rebellion. Plain and simple. There are three levels of rebellion seen in this story, Satan the most blatant. He conjures questions that are more like traps, he confuses a good creation trying to make it fall, and he out right stands against God. Eve is the second level rebellion, whom under some mental confusion or trickery takes of the forbidden fruit. She also adds to the command of God for He said not to eat it, and she says that they cannot even touch it. Then there is Adam who seems to be a passive transgressor in this story, what did he do except eat? He let it all happen when the command was directly given to him. All three, in one way or another rebelled, and that is the plight of all humanity. We rebel against God and that is our sin, which deserves the just wrath of our Holy God.
This is what Gregory of Nyssa says concerning the Fall of mankind,
“Those who have been tricked into taking poison offset its harmful effect by another drug. The remedy, moreover, just like the poison, has to enter the system, so that its remedial effect may thereby spread through the whole body. Similarly, having tasted the poison, that is, the fruit, that dissolved our nature, we were necessarily in need of something to reunite it. Such a remedy had to enter into us, so that it might by its counteraction undo the harm the body had already encountered from the poison. And what is this remedy? Nothing else than the body that proved itself superior to death and became the source of our life.”
Gregory of Nyssa, of course, is referring to our resurrected Lord, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, being put to death by sin, overcame sin. Read Romans here,
12Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.
15But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Romans 5.12-19
Sin and death came through Adam, forgiveness and life come through Christ. There is no other way to salvation.