Throughout human history assumptions have been made as to whether Adam and Eve were saved? I believe there is strong scriptural evidence that proves they were.
An unlikely source may give us some insight, he was a criminal who was crucified next to Jesus and invited to paradise. Many if not all would agree this criminal was saved, and as we will see he and Adam had similarities.
To get a better understanding we must first introduce another criminal who also died next to Jesus and was not invited to Paradise. Both criminals mocked Jesus (Matt 27:44), but the uninvited man said to him “If you are the Christ, save yourself and us” (Luke 23:39), whereas the invited criminal changed his tune.
Here are the responses of the saved criminal –
1st Response (speaking to the uninvited criminal) – “Do you not even fear God”?
He begins with the fear of God! How apropos considering the “Fear of God” is the beginning of Wisdom (Psalms 111:10). To fear God means to be in awe of who God is as our creator and what he stands for!
2nd Response – (speaking to the uninvited criminal) – “Since you are under the same sentence of condemnation.”
He was ashamed when comparing himself to Jesus who had done nothing wrong!
3rd Response – “and we indeed are suffering justly.”
He was aware of consequences.
4th Response – “For we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds.”
He took ownership of what he had done and Confessed.
5th Response – “but this man has done nothing wrong.”
He accepted Jesus innocence, thus symbolizing the Lamb of God (John 1:29)!
6th Response – “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom!”
He had faith Jesus was coming into his Kingdom and he wanted to be there. Only those who do the will of the Father can enter the Kingdom of heaven (Matt 7:21).
To encapsulate he; (1) feared God, (2) was ashamed, (3) was aware of consequences, (4) took ownership and confessed, (5) accepted Jesus’s innocence, and (6) chose to be in God’s Kingdom!
Let us now go to the first man Adam and see his response after sinning – (Genesis 3:10)
Here are the responses of Adam –
1st Response – “I was afraid!”
He begins with the fear of God!
2nd Response – “I was naked.”
He was ashamed!
3rd Response – “I hid myself.”
He was aware of consequences.
4th Response – “I ate.”
He took ownership of what he had done wrong and Confessed.
5th Response – “God clothed Adam and Eve with the skin of an animal.”
They accepted the clothing God gave them, which was the skin of an animal, thus representing the death of a sacrifice (It was most likely a lamb based on Abel’s sacrifice).
6th Response – “Adam was forced from the Garden.”
Adam wanted to stay in the Garden, which represents Paradise or God’s Kingdom, but the consequences of his choice left no option until the messiah would come.
To encapsulate he; (1) feared God, (2) was ashamed, (3) was aware of consequences, (4) took ownership and confessed, (5) accepted the sacrificial animal skins, and (6) wanted to be in God’s Kingdom!
As you can see Adam and the Criminal responded the same!
The door to everlasting life was still possible for Adam and Eve (Gen 3:22), though it would be through a sword (the word; Eph 6:17) and fire (purging; 1 Peter 1:7).
As for Adam he appears to have taught his children about sacrificing an animal like God did for him (Gen 4:4), Abel took this to heart, whereas Cain decided to go a different rout.
The story I see of Adam and Eve is one where Adam loved his wife, he knew she had been deceived by Lucifer (1 Tim 2:14), so he chose to partake with her even though he was not deceived. He knew he would suffer the consequences of God’s judgement!
I see Adam’s love for Eve as a type of Christ’s love for his church, Jesus died voluntarily and suffered God’s wrath for us!
The picture of Adam is a man who fears God, is ashamed of his sin, who understands there are consequences, takes ownership of his sin and confesses them, accepts the sacrifice God has provided and wants to live in God’s Kingdom, I see a man who responds to God Favorably after he sins even though he would suffer the consequences of his actions!
God dealt with man differently throughout history such as the time of Adam and Eve, the time of Abraham, the time of Moses and the time after Jesus’ death, but what he sees in man to obtain salvation remained the same!
Anyone who responds to God as the criminal who was invited to Paradise did, and obeys God from their heart (Rom 6) will be led by God as to what he must do! God will lead us to what is important to salvation no matter what era we may live in if we respond to him favorably and love Him! We may falter and some may even stray from God, but he knows those who will ultimately respond favorably to the very end!
God is just and everyone from the beginning of time must be held accountable the same.
Everyone who comes to the cross with Jesus is one of those two thieves. Either you want to be removed from the cross or you want to die with Jesus!
“If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matt 16:24)
“for we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh”. (2nd Cor 4:11)
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