Tuesday, 16 November 2010

God knew Adam would Sin

When Adam disobeyed God in the garden of Eden, God knew that Adam would disobey him and yet God instructed Adam not to eat of the fruit knowing that Adam would rebel against Him. The question now is, if God knew that Adam would sin against Him and thus mean that man would die and be separated from God, then why did God create Adam at all? We look at the world around us and see the many evil things that occur, the tsunamis, the mass murder and all sort of wickedness that abounds on this earth. We are prone to wonder, why such a world exist? If God knew that Adam would sin and have such catastrophic consequences, wouldn’t it have been better to have not created Adam at all. Here I am prone to insert Romans 9:20 which reads ‘But who are you oh man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to him who formed it why did you make me like this’? and in this case who are we to question God on why He created the world. But we shall investigate further on why God created the world.

Many may object that God never knew that Adam would sin against him or that God could not prevent Adam sinning against Him for it violates the free will of man. The first case will be taking up here and the second for the reader to ponder in their own free time. Those who object that God never knew that Adam would sin against him and thus logically are prone to accept that redemption was a secondary plan of God. This view is viable and attractive but scripture will not let us hold to such a position; although many in this position will conclude that God did know but was unable to prevent it and thus came the redemptive plan of God.

Scripture tells us (well from what we can infer from scripture and the upcoming passages) that God knew Adam would sin against him and infact it was necessary that Adam should sin against Him in order to bring about His Sovereign plan for mankind. Redemption was not a secondary plan but it was the first intention of God in creating the world and only through a falling world could redemption ever occur. We know that God is good and Loving and all the defilements we see on this earth and in the universe is due to the corruption of sinful men for Isaiah writes in Isaiah 24:5-6 ‘The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt’. God is not the author of sin, nor wicked (Genesis 50:20), for we know that God is light and in Him dwells no darkness. But we do know from scripture that God created the world and that for His own purposes.

The scripture which speaks of redemption being not a secondary plan of God but the only plan of God are to be found in many verses of the bible but we will look at a couple here. Paul writes in Ephesians 1:4-5,  ‘for he chose us in him (Christ) before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will’. Note in this passage that God chose us in Christ Jesus before the foundation of the world. That is before Adam was ever created, God chose us, He chose his people, those whom He would adopt as His sons and vs. 11 tells us that God works out everything according to His plan in conformity with the purpose of His will.

In 2 Timothy 1:9, Paul writes, ‘God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life- not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was giving to us before the beginning of time’. So you see, that before Adam ever sinned against God, God had already giving us grace, that is saving grace and what are we saved from? From sin.

We can conclude that before the creation of the world, God’s plan for mankind was a redemptive plan. God could reveal His mercy and justice, His abundant love for sinners, His patience and wisdom towards an hostile race. This could be done only if there was sin in the world and if you turn to God today and repent from your sins, your heart will rejoice in God so abundantly because you are in a falling world and in any other world this experience you would have never seen or tasted.

K.Oni

Also read Romans 8:18-21. John 17. Acts 4:27-28. Genesis 50:20. Luke 22:31. Isaiah 46:9-10. Proverbs 16:33. Lamentation 3:37

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