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How Was Adam and Eve To Be Saved After Sin?
Did Adam and Eve receive unconditional eternal life after their sin? We will find out in this presentation.
Though most scholars like to go to the book of Romans to clarify the doctrine of salvation, however, that is not the best place to begin. Why? It is because Romans was written after the death of Christ, and we do know that many who lived before Calvary were saved. Abel was one. Enoch and Elijah were taken alive already to heaven. King David and many others will be in heaven too.
The best place for us to start our understanding on the doctrine of salvation is to go back to the beginning where Adam and sinned, and find out how they were saved. To understand how Adam and Eve were to be saved, first we must understand their condition before sin and after sin. This will help us see the crucial points and be able to have a clear picture of the neglected truths surrounding their condition before and after their fall.
A. Before Adam and Eve Transgressed God’s Law
Adam and Eve had sinless natures, and they were immortal. Their immortality was conditional. Obedience to God’s law is the condition. As long as they continued to obey God, they would continue in immortality. They were not subject to death before sin. The only time they would lose their immortality is when they would transgress God’s law. In other words, they would become mortal the moment they eat of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. Not only were they to become mortal, but they were to die eternally as their wages of sin – Genesis 2:16-17; Romans 6:23.
B. After Adam and Eve Transgressed God’s Law – What happened?
When Adam and Eve committed sin, they supposed to have died eternally since the wages of sin is death – Romans 6:23; Ezekiel 18;20. But they did not die eternally. What happened? Did God lie? Of course not!
1. Why Adam and Eve did not die eternally as they should?
Well, to answer this question, we must understand the plan of salvation that was made by God from eternity – Ephesians 1:4-5. It was God the Father who initiated the plan with Jesus from eternity. Christ was to die in place of Adam and Eve, should they break the law.
Adam and Eve did not know of this plan by God the Father and God the Son that Jesus Christ would take the penalty of sin which is eternal death from them the moment they were to transgress the law. This would allow them to live temporarily and be able to have faith in Christ and repent from their sin that killed Christ, and they could become immortal again.
2. How did the plan of salvation work?
The moment Adam and Eve sinned, they did not die. To Eve’s surprise, she was still alive. And she convinced her husband to eat the fruit because she never died as she should. The plan of salvation by God allowed them to remain alive and not die eternally. They were given another chance to regain immortality since they have become mortal. Had they died immediately, that would have been eternal death them since they would have no opportunity to repent.
Who was the substitute for Adam and Eve’s Sin?
The broken law demands eternal death from the sinner. In this case, Adam and Eve supposed to have died eternally. But since they did not die eternally, someone has to die. No one can die in Adam and Eve’s stead except someone who is equaled to the law of God. Guess who has to die? It has to be Jesus Christ himself to die because the law is a transcript of His character.
It was Jesus Christ who took the “wages of sin” which is eternal death (the second death) from Adam and Eve – (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 1:29). That is why Adam and Eve were still alive after the eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
What would have happened to Adam and Eve if God did not have the plan of salvation for them?
1. Had it not for the plan of salvation, then they would have been dead immediately after their sin, and they would not have had an opportunity to live temporarily and be able to repent.
2. Furthermore, then, Christ would not have come to die at the cross.
How Was Adam and Eve To Be Saved After Sin?
Did Adam and Eve Get Unconditional Eternal Life (Immortality) When Christ Took the wages of sin from them?
No! They lost immortality when they transgressed the law, and they cannot get immortality unless they believe in the plan of salvation through Christ and repent of their sins. Since Jesus Christ is their Savior and they had sinned against Him, hence, they need to believe in HIM and repent. Christ took the second death from them, and gave them opportunity to repent. Without repentance, they cannot be saved or receive immortality again.
Adam and Eve never received unconditional immortality via Jesus Christ’s death through the sacrificial lamb slain from the foundation of the earth by Adam – Revelation 13:8