“The LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:16–17).
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, ‘Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’ [Eve] said unto the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, ‘Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.’” (Genesis 3:2–3).
“And the serpent said unto the woman, “Ye shall not surely die” (Genesis 3:4).
“The woman saw that the tree was good food and beautiful, then she ate of the fruit, and give to her husband to eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons” (Genesis 3:7).
Here is the deception: the “crooked serpent” (Job 26:10) stated correctly to Eve, “Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” However, the statement “Ye shall not surely die” was not what God told Adam. These words were not true: they were a lie! Adam and Eve did not believe the word of God: the truth; they believed instead a lie, and as a consequence all humans were condemned to death.
“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:2122).
“That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:21).
“Therefore as [BY THE OFFENCE OF ONE] judgment came upon all men to [CONDEMNATION]; even so [BY THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF ONE THE FREE GIFT] came upon all men unto justification of life” (Romans 5:18).
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the [REDEMPTION] that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24).