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The Entrance of Sin

As we saw in part 6, Adam was given the unparalleled privilege of communing with God as His created son (Luke 3:38). Man was created by God to share in the ever-flowing reciprocal love that had eternally existed between the Father and the eternal Son. It was our Triune God’s will that on the planet over which He had spoken the words “very good” man would participate in this communion of love.

But something happened—Adam and Eve sinned against this great God, and, as a result, the gift of sonship was lost. God’s image bearers would no longer enter the world as “sons of God.” Instead, they would enter as “sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:1), “children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:3). We became more than just orphans. We became enemies of God, haters of God, “children of the devil” (1 John 3:10).

Abraham’s Promise

So what did God do? When the earth was populated entirely with “sons of disobedience”, with people who wanted to make a name for themselves (Genesis 11:4), God graciously raised up one of them, Abraham, and promised to make his name great. When we get to Genesis 11, we learn that the earth was filled with rebellious people who not only had no interest in knowing and communing with the triune God, but were also determined to establish their own name in competition with God’s. It is striking that God in His amazing grace would choose a man who, like everyone else, served other gods (see Joshua 24:2) to be the one through whom He would undo the catastrophic effects of Adam’s sin. Abraham was chosen by God to be the new Adam—the one through whom He would redeem humanity and ultimately renew the created order.

You may be wondering how Abraham relates to man’s lost sonship. If you read the passages where Scripture refers to God’s promises to Abraham, you will find that they anticipate adoption as sons. In Galatians 3:18, 29 Paul tells us that God’s promises to Abraham spoke of an inheritance that would be enjoyed by all of Abraham’s offsrping. It is within this inheritance rich context that Paul later writes of our “adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:5). The promise of inheritance anticipated adoption. Clearly, it is through Abraham that God would address man’s lost sonship through the gift of adoption.

Our journey through the story of redemption will continue in part 8.
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