Transquotation: Genesis 3:1-4

05 Dec

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:


Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. (Genesis 3:1-4)


Now Devil is more crafty than any other that the LORD God has made. He said to us, “Are you sure your sins are forgiven’?” And we, said to the serpent, “Yes we are saved.” But the serpent said to us, “You surely are not saved.”

Explanation of the transquotation:

Okay, granted, the Devil may not be trying to tempt you personally that you aren’t saved. But the point is that the Devil always questions what God says; that’s part of the way we can know what thoughts are from God and what thoughts are from the Devil. — The Devil is called the accuser of the brethren (church) for a reason: he tempts. And it’s only through Christ’s death and Resurrection that we now have the armor and ability to stand firm against his attacks. Because, frankly speaking, the Devil is very crafty and, when fighting alone, it’s easy for us to get knocked over and bitten to death (… By the serpent, that is).

Again though, as I’ve said before so I will say again, when we transquote a passage, the transquote must line up with a verse in the New Testament and be contextually correct:

New Testament confirmation:

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. (Revelation 12:10)

Context confirmation:

For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. (Genesis 3:5-7)

Without Christ, we would be the same as Adam and Eve: falling to temptation. Thus this supports the transquote by contrast.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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