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
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
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
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?
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.
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
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