In my writings I frequently refer to mankind’s current state of being as “fallen.” It recently occurred to me that many new readers may not know what is meant by the Biblical view of the word “fallen.” Mankind was not created sinfully fallen. This was the result of the lying evil one’s work to usurp mankind from God’s dominion and thereby forestall the coming righteous Kingdom of God on earth.
The word fallen is used in the Bible to describe someone or something spiritually and morally degraded.
- Israel is described as currently “fallen” (Rom. 11:10-11, 16, 25; Amos 5:2).
- One-third of the angels are fallen (Isaiah 14:12; Revelation 12:4, Job 15:15)
- The original glory of mankind is “fallen” (1 Peter 1:24).
Each of these has fallen away from the heights of God’s good will for them, fallen into sin, and therefore fallen under the justified “wrath of God” to come, unless they;
“believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved (Acts 16:31)
Those still in the fallen state of unbelief … suffer the degrading and deadly spiritual, moral, and social consequences of sinfulness… affecting societies and whole nations.
Several Bible passages speak of this kind of downfall. Jesus of Nazareth warned followers, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:12 (KJV) Falling into sin is the opposite of growing up in righteousness.
In Revelation 2:5, Jesus speaks to “the church of Ephesus,” saying they of that church had “left its first love,” warning. Thus believers can fall away from loving the Lord and when they do evil ensues.
“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, …” Revelation 2:5 (KJV)
No nation or its laws is able restore man to righteousness, only the Creator is the able recreator.
“Therefore if any man be in [union with] Christ, he is a New Creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
The whole world of mankind has “fallen” …
• from friendship with God into proud estrangement from Him and enmity with Him; this leaves us diseased and dying in every part of our personalities and bodies (Genesis 2:16; 3:2-19; Exodus 15:26; Deuteronomy 30:15–20, Rom. 8:7)
• from being the reflection of God’s likeness into shattered, distorted images, then suffering the results of our brokenness (Genesis 6:5; Matthew 15:19; Romans 1:14—2:16; Romans 3:9–20)
• from joyful obedience to God’s wise instructions so as to fulfill His superlative design for our lives into lawless rebellion and constant frustration and warfare at every level of society (Genesis 3:14–16; James 4:1–10)
• from the beauty, tranquility, and vitality of godly family life into a cesspool of drunkenness, sexual-identify confusion, domestic strife, and aimlessness (Genesis 3:16; Romans 1:14—2:16; Galatians 5:19–21)
• from dominion as trustees of God’s world into a selfish exploitation of the land and the resulting ecological disaster (Genesis 3:17–19; Ecclesiastes 5:8–17; Haggai 1:6)
• from knowledge of God’s enlightening truth into the darkness of ignorance and the confusion of depraved minds (Genesis 2:17; Proverbs 1—31; Judges 1—21; Romans 1:28)
To live in this fallen world in our sin-laden, fallen, “bodies of sin” means we will be and are tempted with sin on a daily basis. We experience the resultant heartache and pain. We witness staggering loss and see how that injustice, inhumanity, and falsehood seem to hold sway. Thus, discord and trouble are commonplace. None of this was God’s original plan for humanity. We fell from our original position of “innocence” in the Garden of Eden when Adam rebelled against God’s one instruction. We now live in a fallen world, and all creation “groans” under the consequences of our sin.
“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” (Romans 8:22)
The good news is that God does not intend His world to forever groan.
Today God is renewing humans who will simply believe. He does this through the resurrected “Spirit of life in Christ Jesus,” being deposited into every person’s spirit… if they will; “believe on [trust in. cling to, and rely upon) the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved” (Acts 16:31).
Today the Lord Jesus Christ is;
• restoring believing individuals to friendship with Himself, giving us His eternal life (John 10:10; 15:15; Romans 3:21–31; 5:1–11; 6:1–14; 8:1–4; 8:22–23; 1 Corinthians 15:26; Ephesians 1:3—2:22; Colossians 1:15–22, 1John 5:11-12)
• restoring the reflection of God’s likeness to believers (Romans 8:28–32; 1 Corinthians 6:11)
• bringing believing men to union with “the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus,” resulting in true peace and prosperity in believer’s hearts, thus affecting their lives and relationships (Matthew 5—7; Ephesians 5:15–21; James 2:8)
• restoring His design for the family through Jesus Christ (Luke 1:17; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 5:21—6:4; Colossians 3:18–21)
• ultimately restoring God’s dominion over both “the heavens and the earth” (Romans 8:18–21)
When and How Does Such A Restoration of Man and The Earth Come to Pass?
First, salvation is available to every individual right now. In the very moment one believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, His life come to birth … within the believer’s “spirit of man.”
Then later, at the Rapture will catch away the believing members of the church called “the body of Christ” to dwell eternally in heaven. His dominion over the corrupted and fallen “heavens and earth” will begin to be exercised.
Later still, as we near the end of all ages, Jesus Christ will return to earth in wrath to judge fallen rebellious mankind and also the nations. He will finish setting everything right forever.
After that the “Great White Throne” Judgment all evil fallen mankind will see them stand to be judged, when their life, as written in “a book,” is exposed. All people who have rejected God’s mercy and love and His offer of salvation through Christ, while on earth will go to “eternal destruction” (2Thes. 1:9).
Then also ‘the Evil One’ himself, Satan, will be “cast into the lake of fire” to be tormented forever (Isaiah 2:2–4; 25:6–9; 65:17–25; Revelation 20—22).
Sadly, many will have refused God’s final invitation to all fallen people: “Come!” (Revelation 22:17).
Today is the day of salvation… All who come to God by faith in Jesus Christ will be renewed with new life in Christ Jesus the very moment they first believe.