The second Adam Part 2
The second Adam Part 2
As we continue to look at the second Adam we must consider what happened to the first Adam. God created to give of Himself. The act of creation was an act of gracious, selfless Love. In 1 John 4:8 we find that whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
God created Israel for His own glory. And He marked off the church as His own possession to His own glory. God deposited guaranteeing our inheritance for His glory. Ephesians 1:14 “who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”
As we look around the cosmos in this universe we cannot help but admire the glory of God’s creation. The purpose of God’s creation was for His glory. Isaiah 43:7 “everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Also in Isaiah 48:11 God states I will not yield my glory to another. The creation of this universe and this world was an act of God for God.
Everything exists for God. Hebrews 2:10 tells us that He had bought us to glory through whom everything exists. And also in Romans 11:36 to God be the glory. God is glorified in the loving fellowship that exists.
In the Garden of Eden we see mankind in communion with God before they disobeyed God and ate of the forbidden tree. A number of times in Genesis 1 we see that what God created was very good. God provided a place for growth and development for the fellowship with mankind. We see in Genesis 2:10-14 that God placed mankind in the ideal location for their development. The Garden of Eden was a place of joy and fellowship between God and His people. God provided all of their needs; all kinds of trees to eat including the Tree of Life. By eating of the Tree of Life they would have eternal life. Adam had one responsibility to take care of the garden.
God gave mankind dominion over His creation – Genesis 1:28-30 – rule over the fish of the sea and of the birds of the air. God provides companionship and community for all of His creatures. They were naked, neither was ashamed, underscores the intimacy, freedom, and openness of that relationship – Genesis 2:25. This is emphasized especially in light of the shame that they later felt – Genesis 3:7 – they realized they were naked. God called for mankind to fill the earth with their descendants that would glorify God’s act of creation – Genesis 1:28 – be fruitful and increase in number. Everything in the garden was available for Adam and Eve to use and cultivate except one, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
God never intended the hurt when he created mankind. He risked it with the gift of human freedom. The gift of freedom means that humanity could either choose its own direction or share God’s loving community. This choice presents God with a very great risk with a genuine choice (complete freedom) God’s risk rejection. God risks the hurt of rebellious children and a broken fellowship with Him. Scripture teaches us that God risk human rebellion by offering genuine choices. At the same time God is not surprised, circumvented or dethroned by the choices that individuals make. God remains sovereign even while He offers genuine and complete freedom. The choice was not just between two alternatives to eat from the Tree of Life, or to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. They had two choices. Between what was forbidden (Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil) and what was permitted (any other fruit of the garden). It was not a choice that was determined by their nature as if they had a choice according to predetermined dispositions. God created them. They were very good. They were not predisposed to rebel against God. They were created to commune with God. They were living in communion with Him. Their decision to eat the forbidden fruit was contrary to their nature. Nevertheless they chose to eat of the forbidden fruit. The only conclusion we can make is their choice was self-cause. They decided for themselves to eat the forbidden fruit. They were not coerced by some evil impulse. Their choice was self-caused through influence by the serpent. God gave them a genuine choice and they made the wrong one.
What are some of the things that cause mankind to make the wrong choice?