Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,

 12)  You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in . . . . That sin disturbed relations with God in everything and everyone . . . but the extent of the disturbance was not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses . . . . 15)  And what a difference between our sin and God’s generous gift of forgiveness. For this one man, Adam, brought death to many through his sin. But this other man, Jesus Christ, brought forgiveness to many through God’s bountiful gift. . . . 19)   Because one person disobeyed God, many people became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many people will be made right in God’s sight.Romans 5:12 (MSG) & 5:15b,19 (NLT)

 YHWH, with inserted vowels – YAHWEH, transliterated – JEHOVAH, and generally translated – “the LORD” created man in His image (visible representation of) or likeness (godlike representation), and reflecting His nature (godlike personification) or character (godlike qualities) with free-will.

Freewill  –   free-will  –  free will   |  fre wil  |  n.  1)  man’s unrestricted ability to choose between good and evil.   2)  the power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate.   3)  the ability to act at one’s own discretion.   4)  the power of self-determination regarded as a special faculty.

faculty – mental behavior regarded as implying a natural endowment or acquired power; the faculty of reasoning.  the phenomena of conscious mental life.

power – ability to act

ability – the state of being able

able – having adequate power

adequate – fully sufficient

 The LORD gave man dominion (rule) over the earth to subdue it (Genesis 1:26,28) and always successfully in keeping with godlike qualities. GOD is Omnipotent and Omniscient and Omnipresent. GOD is Holy. GOD is LOVE. GOD desires relationship with those created in His image. Adam talked and walked in the Garden with GOD. But Adam’s use of free-will, that acted contrary to God’s will re the quality of life for all mankind (Genesis 2:16-17 & 3:1-6), turned-over man’s lease to the thief (John 10:10a) which ushered in sin that separated man from the One in Whose likeness and character man was originally created. Howbeit when GOD called out, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9), the question pertained to relationship not location. Nevertheless, whatsoever is spoken by GOD must accomplish that for which it’s sent (Isaiah 53:10-11). Therefore, GOD sent YESHUA/JESUS born as man (Luke 1:26-35). For only a man born without sin could and would reverse the debilitating effect of sin and its affect or influence on mankind. That by the grace of GOD, man might (free will) choose to be redeemed and reconciled unto GOD by the sinless blood of Jesus. Though YESHUA/JESUS is the only begotten Son of GOD, those who choose (free will) to believe & confess Him are born anew and reconciled unto God the Father as His children by the redemptive work of Christ Jesus (Romans 10:9; John 1:12-13 & 3:3; 1Jn 3:1). Albeit relationship with GOD is of free-will, the demonic activity of the thief is without regard as to whether or not an individual is born anew or saved. Neither is the father of lies (John 8:44) concerned about whether allowing demonic activity was by intention or unwittingly. The thief that only comes to steal and kill and destroy is a master at manipulation. And the only way to recognize who is manipulating whom is by relationship with God the Father through Christ Jesus and the revelatory Teaching of the Holy Spirit Whose ministry is now on earth (John 14:16-17 & 16:13; Acts 1:8; Galatians 3:14).

 Speak the promise . . . Harriet