By: Dn Ng Zhiwen
What then of Adam and Eve?
Adam and Eve’s sin placed the whole world under a curse. Did you wish that you did not have to live in a cursed world? Who would have wanted to if given the choice. But that is a choice that was not put before us. What is put before us is the hope of complete redemption from this curse, in Jesus Christ. (This is why the Bible sometimes refers to Jesus as the “second Adam”.) And in God’s esteem, that promise of Christ outweighs, in fact, far outweighs the reality of this fallen world. We will never be short-changed by God.
Adam and Eve will be held to account for what they had done (side note: God did teach them about His redemption plan – consider the woman’s Seed, and look at how He clothed them – Genesis 3).
For our part, we will be held to account for what we ourselves will have done. The all-important question is whether or not we know Jesus and have trusted in Him – we will be held accountable for how we decide and act on that choice.
I started this discussion with reference to the recent tragedy in Japan. I would round up with another tragedy, found in Scripture:
“…those eighteen on whom the tower of Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
Jesus taught His disciples a very important lesson here – that each time when a disaster has struck, rather than focusing on questions of why it happened to those particular victimes (and whether they deserved it), we should let it be an occasion that prompts us to examine our own selves:
How do you stand before the Lord? What do you think of Him – is He good?
Are you reconciled to Him, safe in the arms of Jesus?
My earnest prayer is that we will abide in faith, hope, love, these three. (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Have faith in God.
Hope in God
The greatest of these three is love – abide in the love of God. He is good.
May we live for the praise of His glory