God created Adam and Eve with free-will which entailed that they should have a test to prove their loyalty. Not eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil was God’s test to them (Genesis 2:17). Eating the fruit was a sin because it was disobedience to God’s clear command. When Adam and Eve disobeyed, they brought upon themselves separation from God, suffering and eternal death (Isaiah 59:2).
But the only One who paid the price of men’s disobedience was God Himself. The price of redeeming the human race was too high. God offered His only Son to redeem mankind from eternal death “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Thus, through the disobedience of Adam, sin entered this world and through the obedience of Christ, salvation became available to all who accept His free gift (Romans 5:17). Man’s condition for remaining in Eden is also the same condition for being restored to Eden. Therefore, the most evidence of a truly converted person is to break the pattern of disobedience.
And those who will be restored to the lost paradise will have to demonstrate that they can be trusted through obedience (1 John 5:3). Their steadfast loyalty will be an eternal guarantee of the security of God’s restored kingdom. Therefore, those who look so lightly upon the good works of obedience are in error. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
The good news of the gospel is that God does the work of obedience in the believer’s life through His grace. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). Through faith in God’s promises, unbelievable power is released into the life of one who is willing to give up the life of sin. “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).
In His service,
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