God smacked me on the forehead today. Don't worry. It was a good smack. One of those, "WOW!" moments.
I'm reading Romans, one chapter a day. Chewing on it. Thinking about it. Really trying to digest what I'm reading...Is anyone hungry now?
Today's reading was chapter 5. Heavy stuff.
Do you have a commentary that you read along with your Bible? I love mine. It is called
Believer's Bible Commentary by William MacDonald. God used this book to bring home His truth to me this morning. It helps my feeble brain wrap around some big concepts.
God can have nothing to do with sin. Yet while we were all still dead in our sins, He sent Christ.
His only son. The God and creator of the universe.
To die for us.
He paid the cost of my sins.
If God called me while I was dead in my sins, and I know that sin makes me an enemy of God, if He called me to Himself in that condition, how much more will He do for me as a precious child?
Next came verse 12. Death came through Adam. Sin was now in the world. All man now lived in separation from God due to their sin, which all began with Adam. Even before the law was given. They were still sinners....
Okay, I gotta say it. My brain asked the question that every "good" Christian shrinks from.
Why did God allow sin? If He had never allowed sin, then He would never have had to make the immense sacrifice of dying and bearing the burden of the entire world's sin!
Why did He allow it?
Then, God gave me this answer: THROUGH ADAM'S SIN, AND THE EVENTUAL DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST, GOD RECEIVED MORE GLORY. AND MAN RECEIVED MORE BLESSING.
That's right! More BLESSING.
All Adam had to do was follow God's one command to him "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." (Genesis 1:16b-17)
We all know he ate it.
The big dummy. I get irritated with him and Eve every time I read it. Probably because I'm just like them. My husband says a sure fire way to get me to do something is tell me I can't do it. Don't you just hate when you are all mad at some idiot, then realize you are a whole lot like them?
But what if Adam hadn't eaten the fruit?
Man would still be living in the Garden of Eden. Life would be easy. Every little need provided. We'd still be meeting up with God every so often for an occasional stroll and chat.
BUT man would not have hope of eternity spent in HEAVEN with Jesus Christ, as an heir of Christ, being like Christ forever.
These blessings came only through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.
Which would never have been necessary without the fall of man.
So through one tragic event, the first sin of man, God planned the blessing of every man who will come to Him through His son: Jesus Christ.
How cool is that?