God did forgive Adam and Eve and He gave them another chance to obtain eternal life through the plan of salvation (Genesis 3:15). Jesus offered to bear their punishment (Isaiah 53). God is not only an infinitely loving God but He is also an infinitely just God (Isaiah 45:21). In God’s government, a broken law requires penalty. And the penalty of sin is death “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
Divine justice required that sin should meet its penalty. But divine mercy had already found a way to forgive Adam and Eve and redeem the fallen human race—by the voluntary sacrifice of the Son of God (1 Peter 1:20; Ephesians 3:11; 2 Timothy 1:9; Revelation 13:8). Can any earthly court stand without administering justice? Would simply forgiving criminals suffice? Of course not. If human justice demands that the law breaker receive his punishment, would the divine justice by our Holy God be less?
God’s love and justice were both fulfilled at the cross. Jesus died for our sins so that we may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). John exclaims, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us.” Words fail to express the depth of that eternal, changeless love, and John simply invites men to “behold” (1 John 3:1).
While God couldn’t forgive and forget the sin of Adam and Eve, He did something far greater. The supreme expression of divine love is the Father’s gift of His own Son, through whom it becomes possible for us to be “called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1). For “while we were yet sinners” He died for us (Romans 5:6–8). Truly, “greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
In His service,