The First Adam Forfeited His Spiritual Assignment Giving Access to the Enemy. The Last Adam Came to Restore All Things

Genesis 3:8-14

This lesson is about why Jesus cameHis spiritual assignment[1]. Most of us have an understanding of who He is; we're sinners in need of a Savior to come to repentance.

But why did He come.

Up till recently I thought His mission in the earth was twofold: “have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, NASB). However, the Word describes Jesus as the last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45, emphasis added). This indicates that He was to finish what the original Adam started. In other words, Jesus was to carry on Adam’s assignment.

So, to understand why Jesus came we must first look at Adam’s purpose which is found in Genesis 2:15:

“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden[2] to dress it and to keep it.” 

The word dress here is the Hebrew word `abad which has several meanings; two of which simply means “to serve or to make oneself a servant”[3][4][5]. Keep is the Hebrew word shamar which means “watchman, preserve, guard”[6][7]

Therefore, Adam’s spiritual assignment was to serve in the Garden[8]. He was like a high priest[9] to the whole planet. He was to serve mankind, and the animal and plant kingdom. God came down in the “cool of the day” (Genesis 3:8); therefore, he had fellowship with the Spirit twice a day. One of his greatest responsibilities was to keep, protect the Garden. He failed this in three ways:

  1. Allowing the enemy in the Garden in the first place
  2. Allowing the serpent to be attacked and deceived
  3. Allowing his wife to be seduced by the enemy

Jesus' Spiritual Assignment of Restoration & Your Unique Purpose and Consequence of Neglecting It

Jesus spiritual assignment

The assignment has never changed. (It just changed hands.) Jesus came to do what Adam neglected to do. Therefore, Jesus’ spiritual assignment is simply to restore everything the first Adam lost. Jesus didn’t wait until He was in the flesh to start restoring what Adam lost either. The Word says:

And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life (Genesis 3:8-14).

Just like the first and last Adam had a spiritual assignment, you and I also have one. God has created you for a specific purpose that only you can fulfill. It was thousands of years before the last Adam came. If you and I neglect our assignment it can be centuries before He raises another up. Therefore, we must accomplish that for which we are sent. Others are counting on us.

Prayer

I ask right now Lord, that You would show each person their spiritual assignment in the earth. Give each one a fire to see that purpose fulfilled. Touch each life, and may new mantles be released and fall from heaven even now, in Jesus’ name.


[1]By spiritual assignment I mean divine assignment.

[2]Notice, God “took” Adam and “put him in the garden…” This shows an apostolic anointing. The apostle always comes from a different country.

[3]Derived from https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=H5647&t=KJV.

[4]Luke 22:24-27

[5]The word minister can mean “one who does menial tasks”.

[6]Derived from https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=H8104&t=KJV

[7]The word watchman is a prophetic word, showing Adam’s prophetic gift. (Eze 3:17)

[8]When God created “the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1, NIV), the earth was a mirror image of heaven. Two trees of life, one in the earth (Gen 2:9) and one in heaven (Rev 22:2); two Gardens, one in the earth (Gen 2:15), one in heaven (Eze 28:13).

[9]The word high priest means to serve. To bring into effect. Jesus is our high priest of healing, He is not high priest over sickness. He is Lord over sickness, but not high priest. Jesus is high priest over prosperity. This means He ministers it into effect. The Garden of Eden was about 1,200 sq mi. Which means Adam had thousands of miles to be the high priest over the rest of the planet. In other words, he was to spread the Garden into the entire planet.

Bible Characters

Some Were Ruthless; Others Spineless

Adam and Eve

Genesis of Sin in Man

Abram

Encounter with the One, True God

Abraham and Sarah

Unwavering, Steadfast, and Unyielding

AbrahamThe Father of Faith

A Lifestyle of Holiness & Dedication

The Last Adam's Spiritual Assignment

Jesus Came to Restore what the First Adam Neglected

JesusGreat High Priest

Tenderly Loving & Drawing

In-Depth Study of Jesus

Who is Jesus

Balaam

His Anointing, Calling, & Judgement