Grace in the Garden

adam-and-eve-evicted“but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Gen 2:17 NKJ)

” And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.  (Gen 3:21 NKJ)

Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli,……38 the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God. (Luk 3:23; 38 NKJ)

Genesis is probably the last place you would expect to find grace, and yet it is right there before our eyes. Genesis 2:17 reminds us of the judgment, the penalty Adam and his wife faced for deliberately disobeying God.  This is not talking about spiritual death, but literal, physical death. When God came thundering through the garden, asking the question, “Adam, where are you?” He already knew where they were and what they had done. Adam referred to in Luke 3:38 as the ‘son of God, was hiding because he knew full well what the penalty was. Adam and his wife had rejected God’s love and decided to govern themselves. But instead of killing them, God makes atonement for them by killing an animal, shedding blood, providing them with a tunic—literally covering their sin.

The Fathers heart must have been breaking as his son, Paul calls him first Adam, leaves the garden, but God already had a plan, his Son, last Adam was destined  to be slain before the foundation of the world, to provide a propitiation, turning away the wrath of God, by offering a sacrifice for the sins of the world.

The chorus of a song by Britsih singer Graham Kendrick say;

Amazing love, O what sacrifice

 The Son of God given for me

 My debt he pays, and my death he dies

 That I might live, that I might live

 (Last time only) That I might live!


About Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.
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