“The throngs were astonished at His teaching for he was teaching them as one having authority” Matt 7:29
“Who is the image of the invisible God… Firstborn from among the dead” Col 1:15 – 18
“To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of the heavens, yet to those it has not been given” Matt 13:11
“According as Moses exalts the serpent in the wilderness, thus must the son of mankind be exalted” John 3:14
There is an inner and an outer teaching in scripture.
The outer is governed by law. According to the outer teaching the function of the law is to be obeyed.
The inner teaching is one of Man being brought to maturity. That is to Godhood. A place where he like God stands on his own two feet and assesses the situation. Where he speaks with his own authority.
So with Eve once the serpent had spoken to her it says “Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it brought a yearning to the eyes and that the tree was desirable for gaining insight” Gen 3:6. This wasn’t a false seeing for God confirms it “Behold man has become as one of us in knowing good and evil” Gen 3:22. That indeed the fruit had brought insight and indeed – as the serpent had said – the fruit had made them more like God.
Adam and Eve didn’t fall when they ate of the tree.
They fell when instead of saying “Oi God why did you tell us not to eat of the tree? Why did you want to keep us in ignorance?” they cowered and said “It wasn’t my fault she/the snake made me do it.”
An Adult, a mature person is unconcerned with obedience or disobedience. Of course they don’t want to get hurt which is why an adult says “All things are lawful to me but not all things are expedient” 1 cor 10:23. You can trap your dick in the door if you want but it will hurt.
Adam and Eve were not functioning on that level. They were not thinking for themselves. They were not mature.
To be continued…