Adam’s ransom by Jesus

 

But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will positively die (Geneses 2:17)

And Eve saying to Satan:

But as for [eating] of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You must not eat from it, no, you must not touch it that you do not die.’" (Genesis 3:3)

This is quite obviously prophecy that Adam will eat from the tree, heck the thing is in the middle of the Garden as if the center piece. And he dose. And he dies. But, this period of time has an end:

And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will morning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away (Revelations 21:4)

The day, referred to in Genesis 2:17, could be a time between Adam’s sin and Armageddon, which the Bible may refer to as ‘The World’. So Adam had a death sentence pronounces on him, but God gave him a stay of execution. We live today because of this stay of execution. But, because of the death sentence, Adam can only pass on to us that which he has, and life wise, he has not eternity, but he dies. So our inheritance is a life that lasts only some 120 years, hence, we are all under this death sentence, pronounced upon Adam. That's why we all die.

So if someone could persuade God to lift the death sentence on Adam, then all of his sons would no longer be under the sentence of death. So, the saving of Adam is the saving of us all. But God does not need persuading. He wants us all to be saved:

"For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

So having set a price on the redemption of Adam, as a human soul, God paid the price himself with his only begotten Son, who wasn’t a son of Adam and therefore wasn’t under the death penalty himself. The Scriptures describe this ransom as follows:

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all --- [this is] what is to be witnessed to at its own particular times. (1 Timothy 2:5,6)

For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:22)

The ransom was simple; it was soul for a soul as stipulated in the Law of Moses in the case of damages:

And in case men should struggle with each other and they really hurt a pregnant woman and her children do come out but no fatal accident occurs, he is to have damages imposed on him without fail according to what the owner of the woman may lay upon him; and he must give it through the justices. But if a fatal accident should occur, then you must give soul for soul, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, branding for branding, wound for wound, blow for blow. (Exodus 21:22- 25)

and:

"’And in case a man strikes any soul of mankind fatally, he should be put to death without fail. And the fatal striker of the soul of a domestic animal should make compensation for it, soul for soul. And in case a man should cause defect in his associate, then just as he has done, so it should be done to him. Fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; the same sort of defect he may cause in the man, that is what should be caused in him. And the fatal striker of a beast should make compensation for it, but the fatal striker of a man should be put to death. (Leviticus 24:17-21)

So the penalty from God for Adam’s sin was the giving up of his soul, his human body. For a soul is an angelic or human body, having spirit within it.

The next question is: If Jesus ransomed us, why are we still dying, because once Adam is saved, the death penalty is lifted off him so it cannot any longer apply to his sons?

The answer may be that God has not applied the ransom to Adam himself yet. He has only applied it to people who show faith in Jesus, at this point anyway. Adam is ransomed and resurrected into the kingdom of God on earth, the second Eden, last of all humans, sometime after 2882 CE.

And, look! there are those last who will be first, and there are those first who will be last." (Luke 13:30)

The answer is that we will not die. Now we must save everyone else.

Or do you not know that all of us who are baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (Romans 6:3)

Time to get to it.

 

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