A Door of Hope for Sinners
We have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be Saviour of the world. 1 John 4:14.
The angels of God were commissioned to visit the fallen pair and inform them that although they could no longer retain possession of their holy estate, their Eden home. Why? Because of their transgression of the God’s law. Yet their case was not altogether hopeless. They were then informed that the Son of God, who had conversed with them in Eden, had been moved with pity as He viewed their hopeless condition, and had volunteered to take upon Himself the punishment due to them, and die for them that man might yet live. That they might live through faith in the atonement Christ proposed to make for him. This would assure them of life.
Through Christ a door of hope was opened that man, notwithstanding his great sin, should not be under the absolute control of Satan. Faith in the merits of the Son of God would so elevate man that he could resist the devices of Satan. Probation would be granted him. Through a life of repentance and faith in the atonement of the Son of God, he might be redeemed from his transgression of the Father’s law, thus being elevated to a position where his efforts to keep His law could be accepted.
The angels related to them the grief that was felt in heaven as it was announced that they had transgressed the law of God. This made it expedient for Christ to make the great sacrifice of His own precious life.
Adam and Eve, when they realized how exalted and sacred was God’s law, the transgression of which made so costly a sacrifice necessary to not only save them but their posterity from utter ruin, pleaded to die themselves, or to let them and their posterity endure the penalty of their transgression, rather than that the beloved Son of God should make this great sacrifice. The anguish of Adam was increased. He saw that his sin was of so great magnitude as to involve fearful consequences. And must it be that heaven’s honored Commander, who had walked with him and talked with him while in his holy innocence, whom angels honored and worshiped, must be brought down from His exalted position to die because of his transgression?
Adam was informed that an angel’s life could not re-pay the debt. But the Son of God, who had in unison with the Father created man, could make an atonement for man acceptable to God, by giving His life as a sacrifice and bearing the rejection of His Father. Angels informed Adam that, as his transgression had brought death and wretchedness, life and immortality would be brought to light through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
What a hope we have through Christ’s atoning sacrifice.
Portions of this post are adapted from the book “The Story of Redemption”