Adam and Eve being 777 in the Garden of Eden became the greatest sinners (the apostle Paul called himself the chief of sinners [probably because he had persecuted the Church]); worse than the beast and the antichrist together. For because of them the entire human race became entangled in a sin filled and broken creation that fell under the power of the devil and his demons (read fallen angels). Corruption of the best becomes the worst. The number 777 before Adam's Fall was a positive number denoting perfect human good, but after his Fall it became a negative number (-777) denoting perfect human evil. The evil of the beast is -666 as to his motivation (and his abilities will be +666). His positive powers in the end are negative as they are motivated by pride and therefore he will choose against the real Christ.
But the Lord covered Adam and Eve with lamb's skins. Now this speaks of Christ as the true Lamb of God. If the greatest sinners can be covered by the precious blood of Christ, then certainly you and me, my friend! Abel, called the first prophet, understood the truth of a substitutional sacrifice, Cain did not. This set the stage for two sorts of humans, the former on their way to heaven, the latter, with their natural religion on their way to hell. The former harbor a personal relationship with God, but the latter can only produce religiosity.
The christian has two natures, viz. the old Adam and the new Christ. Being born out of Christ his new nature is already 888, but he still has his old nature being 666 or even minus 777. Our new nature then, being born out of God, is stronger than our old nature, born out of a fallen Adam (and ultimately out of a fallen Satan [as Christ said to the Pharisees that their father was the devil; this holds for our old nature as well]). One might say that our fallen nature is minus 777 in its godless character, but that its manifestation is 666 at its human best and minus 666 as to its motivation.
The new nature should be fed and the old nature should be starved, the former should live and the latter should be mortified (put to death). The new nature is motivated by the wisdom from above ('The wisdom from above then is at first holy, further peaceful, mild, convinceable, full of mercy and good works, unpartisan (or impartial) and not hypocritical' [a perfect set of 7!]), but the old nature is motivated by pride and every possible evil thing appeals to it. Therefore we are to hate our souls in this world, so that we will preserve them. For the members of our soul on earth, that are to be mortified, are adultery, uncleanness, greed (which is idolatry) and so on.
Yet, 'a wise man loves his own soul (and he that treats his body in a reckless and brutish way, is cruel)'. And so, though we are to hate our souls with their sinful members on earth, we are to love our souls in the kingdom of heaven. 'Think on the things that are above, where Christ is; seek the things that are above.' This makes sense, for we are to hate evil (the evil of the old nature) and we are to love good (the good things of the new nature). This is a paradox (not a contradiction). In the course of our walk on earth our souls learn evil things and these become tentacles on earth ('Put to death your members that are on earth.'). Therefore there is a love-hate relationship with ourselves. Solomon said in this context: 'Guard your heart more than anything that is to be guarded, for from it are the sources of life' (or 'from that act of guarding are the sources of life'; both translations are possible). If we do that, then these tentacles cannot grow very long and it will be easier to put them to death. In this way we can conquer evil (-777 and -666) through good (888) and we can even attain happiness.
A good friend of mine pointed out to me that as in mathematics a negative number times a negative number equals a positive number, so with the old and new nature. We died in Adam and so became evil (first minus), but then we are to die in Christ to this world ('I am crucified to this world and this world is crucified to me'; the second minus). The end result is positive!
Christ's state of ultimate human good (888), to be distinguished from prelapsarian Adamic human good (777) cannot be turned into the negative (-888 is absolutely an impossibility). Christians will once be freed from all negative characteristics and will shine as stars in the universe, having Christ's character of 888!! The beast will be thrown alive into the lake of fire, along with the antichrist (the first is the beast out of the sea (of restless nations) and the second is the beast out of the earth (the nation of Israel). Christ's human side of 888, as said before, is to be distinguished from His divine side (which, of course, we will never attain to; there can only be ONE God), which is an infinitude in infinitudes and at the same time the absolute simplicity of love. 'God is Love'. Let us worship Him...