God did forgive Adam and Eve and He gave them another chance to live. He was able to forgive them 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 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; Revevelation 13:8).
For a judge, to simply forgive any crime, is to encourage evil. Imagine a world with no justice. Would anyone want to live in such a world?
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).
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,
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