God – not man – put the enmity in place Gen 3:15

I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”  Gen 3:15 KJV

In speaking to the serpent, God describes the enmity between the serpent and the woman and their respective seeds as being a new condition which He was putting in place.  Does this speak to a change in nature, a creation of the sin-prone mind as some describe?  Furthermore isn’t this evidence of Adam being the only man?  Simply no, and the passage actually contradicts some of the propositions put by the special creationist.

The special creationist believes a consequence of the Fall was the nature of man changing (by his own actions) to include a proness to sin.  This became an inheritable condition.  Ie Adam & Eve’s genetics changed and the new nature became the inheritance of all of Adam’s offspring.  However Scripture describes God inserting the enmity – it was not a human action.

In what sense can the God putting the enmity in place be understood by the EC brother?  Surely it is axiomatic that the carnal mind is enmity with God (Rom 8:7) just as light and darkness don’t mix?

I believe the explanation is one consistent with other Scripture.  Gen 3:15 doesn’t actually describe an internal struggle per se of the sort found in Rom 7:13-15.  It actually describes two classes of people in opposition.  Gen 3:15 explicitly is about two individuals (Eve and the serpent) and their offspring – reading in an internal struggle against lusts is reading in – adding to Scripture.  Christ surely was drawing on the meaning of the passage when he said the world:

…hateth [me], because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.”  Jn 7:7 ie the witness of one seed to the other drove the hatred – a point Christ made in John 3:20 “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

Ie God put the enmity in place by revealing His ways through His Word – the effect of which was to contrast the carnally minded people (seed of the serpent) with one receptive to the spirit (seed of the woman) – the process explained in Rom8.  The passage does not support God engineering a change in Adam & Eve neither does it demand Adam & Eve being the only living humans.  It described to Adam & Eve (and us) the conflict between those who love the world and those who seek God.

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