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The Garden of Eden is God’s blueprint of how things should have been in life. The Bible is God’s plan of redemption; it is how He plans on redeeming what was lost.

We need to gain a clear understanding of what was lost, and of what needs to be redeemed. When Jesus said on the cross,"It is finished," he was not talking about the whole plan of redemption. He was referring to the Abrahamic convenant.

Our bodies still have to be redeemed; many things have been redeemed. But we need to understand the plan so we can know where we are in these last days and what’s about to take place in your life.

The tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life were both in the garden with several other trees. But it specifically talks about these two trees. 
Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush (Ethiopia). The name of the third river is Hiddekel; (Tigris) it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.

Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.
(Gen. 2:10-15)
Voluptuous Living
Eden means "voluptuous living" and also means never-ending supply!

God put Adam in a place that would supply voluptuous living and a place that had never-ending supply. He put him there to dress it and to keep or to guard it. God warned him the devil was loose, he had deceived a third of the angels in heaven, but God kicked him out of Heaven and he was somewhere around.

God said to Adam, "I’m starting you off in this area here; the garden is the glory and you’re the glory. You’re the manifestation of My word, you’re equipped and you're blessed. You have the ability and enablement to guard this garden, and to keep out all intruders.
Then the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil shall not eat of it, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.
(Gen. 2:16-17)
How many trees were they forbidden to eat from? One. What was the name of that tree? The tree of knowledge of good and evil. If you can eat of every tree in the garden, that would also include the tree of life.

Had he of eaten of the tree of life, then we would not be going through this stuff we're going through right now. He would have been the same forever had he of eaten of the tree of life! We would be all sitting here butt naked if he had eaten the tree of life. There would be no selfish awareness of anything.

God said if you disobey Me and eat of the tree I've forbidden, the day you do this you will surely die.

Now Adam didn’t drop dead that day; Adam lived for over nine-hundred years. Man’s body was created to live forever—to regenerate itself and keep on going. We were never created to die. The reason Adam lived so long is because he had to learn how to die. His body was ready to live forever.

Can you imagine living nine-hundred years? That’s a long time!

He made Adam to live forever, and He told them: I’m creating you two to have dominion. I want you to fill the earth, but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat of it, for in that day you shall surely die.
And the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help that’s suitable and proper for him, a suitable help."
So God knew what a suitable help was, and he made him a woman.
Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them.
God has just now turned it all over. He said "I gave you a garden, you are the glory and now here’s your job."

God’s Job For Man, The Glorious Plan
God saying something like this: Your job is to be god on this earth like I am God in Heaven; you are My reflection. I’m going to start you off with a garden right here and I’m going to show you how to do it. Use your words like I used My words. Your job is to take your words—your authority, your dominion, your seed—and do what I did to create this earth. Your job is to reproduce your glory—you and Eve together—and have some more glory. We are going to start a franchise! A glory franchise!

As we produce more glory, we are going to expand Eden until it covers all the earth. Nobody is going to ever die. But won’t we have an overpopulation problem?

Our God is just not the God of the earth! He is the God of the universe! If Adam accomplished what he was supposed to and filled the earth, God’s plan was to continue to fill other planets and do the same thing there. When you have filled that one, I've got another one and do the same thing there and fill that one.

God wanted a whole universe — a franchise of Garden of Edens filled with the glory—with voluptuous living—all over the universe! Hallelujah!

So Adam gets started, but the devil is still loose. The devil says, "I've got to stop this." What is this man that God is so mindful of him? Anybody seen this before? That He visits him and that He made him in his image and reflection? What is this man?

And the devil said "I want to be like God."
You said in your heart,   
“I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;"
(Isa. 14:13)
And I've got to figure out how to do this. The ranking order is this: God, man, angels.

I know Psalm 8 says that he made man a little lower than angels. That is a mistranslation. He made him a little lower than Elohim. He made him a little lower than God. God, man, angels. God made man to resemble Him and be like Him, which means man has creative ability like God! Angels do not!

Satan is not to be feared! He was created to work for you! He is in the class of angels, he is an archangel, but he wants to be a god. He wants to be a god like God’s children. God made Adam to be like Himself. God made Adam to be god over this earth like He is God over Heaven. God made it that way.

God gave man dominion to be god; God gave him the authority to be god, and God said "I give you everything to run it just like I would run it." Satan said, "I want to be like a man because a man is just like God." That is not to say "We are God." No, we are never going to be God, but we are born of God’s stock!

That’s your pedigree. You were made like God, you’re in the image of God, you’re in the likeness of God, you speak words like God, you create like God! No, you never will be big G. But you are, without a doubt, little g’s.
I said, "You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High." (Ps. 82:6)

Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, "You are gods"'?
(John 10:34)

Copyright © Creflo Dollar Ministries/World Changers Church International
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Author Biography

Creflo A. Dollar
Web site: World Changers Ministries
Creflo Dollar is the founder and senior pastor of World Changers Church International (WCCI) in College Park, Georgia; World Changers Church-New York; and a host of fellowship churches throughout the United States and internationally. WCCI also has offices in Australia (serving the Asia-Pacific region), South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and the Ukraine.

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