Adam & Eve, Satan, and what happened in the Garden:
God made Adam/Eve (mankind) to have free wills. They truly were created free to choose to either to obey or disobey God. However, when they freely chose to rebel, their wills “then and there” lost the ability to be truly free and were now “slaves to sin,” and all who would ever be born from them would all be born slaves to sin by their nature, and no longer either willing or wanting to choose good.
After Adam and Eve sinned mankind was never the same:
- When Adam and Eve sinned they were cast out of the Garden, and all of fallen mankind came under the wrath of God (John 3:36).
- Not one single person was good or righteous, but all were full of wickedness (Rom. 3:10; 12; Prior to the flood Gen. 6:5 says man was so depraved that, “…every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Even after the flood God declares in Gen. 8:21, “…the imagination of the heart of man is evil from his youth;…” (YLT))
- They could no longer understand the spiritual things, and were at enmity with God (Rom. 3:11; 8:7) (Easton’s Bible dictionary, Enmity: a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.)
- All mankind was under sin-death and were dead/separated from God in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1, 5).
- They became captive and slaves of sin and Satan (Rom. 6:6; 16-18; John 8:34, “…slaves of sin;” Luke 4:18, “…proclaim freedom to the captives…”; Col. 1:13, “He has delivered us from the power (dominion) of darkness…;” Eph. 4:8-10, “…When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people…;” 2 Tim. 2:25-26, “…escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”)
- He became the “god of this age” and has blinded mankind. (2 Cor. 4:4)
- Ruler of this world. (John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11)
- Kingdoms of this world belonged to Satan. (Matt. 4:8-10; Luke 4:5-7)(Rev. 11:15 states at the 7th trumpet the kingdoms of the world would come back to Lord – clearly indicating that they were not His prior to that.)
- The whole world lies in the power of the evil one. (1 John 5:19)
- Prince of the Power of the Air. (Greek: Aer – Reference to the unseen in-between realm between the visible realm of the earth and the unseen heavenly realm.) (Eph. 2:2)
- He had substantial power and influence and control in the world, and the spiritual realm of the “Air” that we are only given glimpses of in the Bible. (Dan. 10:2, 12-13, 20; 1 Thess. 2:18; Jude 9, even Michael the archangel would not rebuke Satan from his own power and authority.)
- He held the power of death (Heb. 2:14) ( Hades/Sheol)
[Also see: “Hades/Sheol”]
[For a more in-depth study see eschatology “Study Series 3 What Happened in the Garden”]