Adam's Lie vs. Christ's Truth, Part III

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Yes, they should have died the day on which they ate of the fruit of that tree. Also, we who are Adam’s seed deserve the same righteous wrath. However God withheld judgment. He waited. He waits. He forbears, showing countless hours of patience to a wicked people who lie about the glory of God (Romans 2:1-8) . Our words and deeds serve to propagate Adam’s lie, defaming God, misrepresenting His goodness. We deny that He is majestic, sufficient, and all-satisfying. Yet God waits. Our feet are swift to shed blood—remember Cain. The venom of asps is under our lips—remember Lamech, Cain’s descendent. As God waits, do we repent? Most of us store up wrath for ourselves! We should be consumed by the Holy hatred of God, brewing against the children of wrath every day (cf. Psalm 7:11). However, He waits. Why does He wait?

In Genesis 3, He discloses a small portion of a plan to rescue a people. A seed would be born unto Eve. This seed would destroy the curse. He would be the truth of God made manifest, intimating to all creation the perfection of God’s offerings. Ultimately, we see this seed realized in Christ, the Incarnate Word. When we understand this, coupled with Paul’s words,
“[F]or all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Where then is boasting? It is excluded.” (Romans 3:23:27a)
The justice of God mandates punishment for sin. God passed over Adam's sin, but He cannot just do this. He is obligated by the constancy of His character to uphold the dignity of what is most valuable: His Name. But Adam has profaned God's Name, and so have we by being born in Adam. Forbearance must finally give way to justice. Today, God has been patient with us, but we should not presume upon theriches of His kindness and forbearance and patience. These are to lead us to repentance, to turn back to the truth of the all-satisfying God. Thus, punishment for Adam's sin and our sin must be exacted in one of two ways:
  1. On Christ at the cross, or
  2. In eternal hell.