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God’s Purpose in Eternity Concerning Sin

Having examined many of the particulars about sin, let us now try to understand the big picture. When we looked at where sin came from, we came to the conclusion that—either the concept of sin has always existed as the antithesis of what God is, or that God created the concept of sin by proclaiming what is good and what is evil. In either case, sin has always been known to the mind of God even before there were any beings created who were capable of sinning. This leads us to this point—sin could have never been manifested except for the fact that God created the circumstances for its existence. God Himself cannot sin; so then sin, as a reality, can only exist when there are creatures capable of sinning—be they angelic beings or men; and there must be something that is accounted as sin for them to commit. Building upon these basic assumptions therefore, let us compare “spiritual things with spiritual,” and plead for God’s Spirit to give us enlightenment concerning the “mystery of iniquity” and God’s eternal purposes concerning sin.

1 Cor 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth,
but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

2 Thess 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

Now, if we may presume to understand something of the mind of God concerning His plans and purposes, why and how did He permit the manifestation of sin?  To answer these questions we will, therefore, submit the following points of our thesis for consideration:

1. It was the purpose of God to bring into existence a creation, consisting of a spiritual and a natural world, whose inhabitants are also spiritual, natural, or both.

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Neh 9:6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth
thee.

Isa 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

2. It was the purpose of God that these inhabitants be created with certain attributes like unto His—that He allowed them to have a mind that could reason, emotions that could both feel and express love, and a will that could choose. His intentions therefore, were not to merely create beings that were only robotic creatures incapable of any real autonomy; but He choose to create such beings with these attributes, for Him to have fellowship with and they with Him; and for Him to show forth His love to them, and for them to reciprocate and show forth their love for Him. These creatures were also to have the ability to worship and serve God, and to show forth the glory and praise that is God’s alone.

Job 28:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
7 When the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Gen 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

Deut 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Rev 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

3. In order for God to have such a real relationship with these creatures, nothing could be hidden or held back from them which would alter their reason, emotions, or will concerning their response to God. Creatures that are controlled by either external forces, a lack of information upon which to make decisions, or the inability to freely choose how they want to respond, are incapable of showing any real love or fidelity. These premises are evident in the creation of man and the garden paradise which God provided for him.

Gen 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
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And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

4. In allowing such a free and open environment, these creatures must also be accountable for the decisions they make, according to the eternal and unchangeable laws of God. They must know and understand that there are natural and spiritual consequences, both good and bad, for all that they do, even as God Himself does.

Gen 3:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

5. God, who has always known all things with one all encompassing thought, was fully aware of the possibility that these creatures, created with such knowledge, ability, and freedom, could, instead of choosing to love, honor, and serve Him, might contra-wise, rebel against His law, His authority, His will, become His enemies, and could, contrary to His intentions, even hate Him. God knew that this was not only a possibility, but foresaw that it would indeed become a reality.

Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
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I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise,
she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

Luke 19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

Psa 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
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Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

6. God purposed therefore—foreknowing all that would come to pass—to allow, and even design a creation in which the great questions concerning God’s love, His sovereign authority, His abhorrence of sin, His justice, and His mercy, would for all of eternity, be answered indisputably by the events that would take place on this planet called Earth, and for this brief interlude of eternity, called time.

Isa 46:8 Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.
9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea,
I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
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To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

7. God allowed, yea, even designed that sin and darkness, for a brief time, would rule over this world; and that it would bring upon humanity untold misery, sorrow, and suffering; all for the purpose of showing, for time and eternity, the price of sin and rebellion against God. Now, this suffering is not to be considered God’s punishment for man not choosing to love and obey God; but rather the natural fruit of sin and man’s desire to live his life separated from God and His will. God can never be charged with being a tyrant who mistreats His subjects because they don’t bow to His authority. However, at the same time, He will never suspend the eternal laws which characterize the nature of God Himself, and which govern all of creation. Moreover, God is not obligated to bestow any of His blessings when His creatures turn from away Him. Neither will He condone, encourage, or bless sin in any way. Man can choose to live separated from God, but God can also choose to separate Himself and all of His goodness from man.

Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

Jer 13:16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness.

Isa 59:1 Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

Prov 1:24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
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Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

With the preceding points in mind, we shall attempt to elaborate on this thesis. First of all, let us examine God’s purpose in creating the arch angel Lucifer, allowing him to fall, permitting his freedom after his fall, allowing him to tempt man to sin, and then to become the prince of this world. We have already studied what were Lucifer’s position and authority, his beauty and his power, and what led him to rebel against God. Why, therefore, did God create this angelic creature with such wisdom and power, knowing that he would become the Devil, the chief enemy of God? God’s purpose for Satan is much the same that it was for the Pharaoh of Moses’ time. God sets up mighty rulers of the heavens and earth, kings and angels, that they might accomplish His will. This particular Pharaoh was a very powerful and strong-willed monarch over the mightiest nation on earth; but God brought him to be Egypt’s ruler so that God might show forth His almighty power, and cause His name to be renowned in all the earth. Who, today, has not heard of Israel’s great deliverance, the plagues upon Egypt, and the parting of the Red Sea? All of this would have been unnecessary if this Pharaoh had been weak and timid, giving in to the first demands of Moses. Even so Lucifer was thus endowed with great wisdom and power so that he might be the leader of the forces of evil and darkness; that he might become the “prince of the power of the air,” and “the prince of this world.” He would come, not only to rule over one-third of the angelic spirits, but over mankind as well. It would be through his reign that sin and rebellion would be brought to the very limits of what man and this world could endure. It would be through the defeat of this mighty angelic being, whose power and wisdom far exceeds that of men and all other angels, that God’s almighty power and wisdom might be displayed.

Dan 5:18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:
19 And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down.

Rom 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Eze 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

Matt 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

Now, least God be charged with creating Lucifer to bring about all this evil, with no will to choose his own course, such is not the case. This is part of God’s eternal purpose, that His creatures may choose to love and serve Him, or they may choose, as Lucifer did, to rebel. However, we must add, that God’s will is not thwarted by what His creatures do, but rather He accomplishes His purposes through even wicked men and angels. Every creature is totally responsible for their choices, and will bear the judgment they deserve. Lucifer was perfect in the day he was created, but it was because of his own pride that he rebelled, and he will bear his just reward for all eternity.

Prov 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Eze 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
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Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

We now turn our attention to God’s purpose in the creation of man. We have seen how that, although Adam was made in the likeness of God, and he was naturally good, he was not good in the sense that God is absolutely holy and intrinsically good. Adam was naked, but God is clothed in “honour and majesty.” Therefore, Adam was not good in the sense that, even before the fall—he fell short of the glory of God. He was not good in the sense that he had a created trait that made him susceptible to temptation—he was “subject to vanity”; whereas “God cannot be tempted with evil”. Lastly, he was not good because he was capable of committing sin, whereas it is impossible for God to sin. Nevertheless, even though Adam was made “a little lower than the angels,” that did not prevent his fellowship with God because of his innocence. There was nothing that accused him of falling “short of the glory of God,” and there was no basis for God to find fault with him.

Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Mark 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

Gen 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Psa 104:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
2 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

Tit 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

Heb 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

Heb 2:6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
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For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law

We now put forth these questions: Why did God make a creature in His image, with an imperfection that made him susceptible to being tempted by sin, though He Himself could not sin, or even be tempted? Why did God create a being, whom He created to have fellowship with, who He could love, and who was capable of returning love to Him, and make him “a little lower than the angels,” and far short of His glory; a creature who, apart from the absence of any standard of measurement, could already be labeled a sinner—one who misses the mark of absolute holiness? The answers to these questions must be—that God purposed such a creature as man to be the subject and object of settling the eternal problem of sin, and any questions concerning God’s love, mercy, and justice. That through the instrumentality of man,  there could not only be displayed the awfulness of sin, the terribleness of the righteous judgment of God against sinners, but also God’s mercy, love, and grace in redeeming an untold number of this fallen race through Christ.

Isa 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
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I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

Isa 54:16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
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According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

1 Pet 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
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Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

Howbeit, least we think of God as being some kind of cruel scientist, who inflicts pain upon others for his own research; we should realize that God, even before the cross, suffered more than any of His creatures because of their sin. Although God would purpose to allow this tragedy called sin upon the human race, at the same time He purposed to rescue man from his fate. God, in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, became a man, bore the judgment, pain, and agony that that we deserved, and made a way to restore us to Himself. Moreover, we were not just restored to God as perfect men, but as the sons of God, greater than the angels, even as brothers with Christ.

Isa 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.

1 Pet 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

Isa 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Psa 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,
and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

However, again, just as in Lucifer’s case, God cannot be charged with the actual downfall of man and the subsequent darkness that followed. Adam and Eve were, by any standards, free moral agents. They had been warned about the consequences of their choices, and before their fall, were quite able to resist the tempter. God only created them with a propensity in their nature that was an avenue of temptation; and God provided them a free access to all knowledge, even the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil—a means whereby that inclination could be brought to fruition. God’s plan was to let sin and rebellion have its day, but man is entirely accountable for his actions. God may have an eternal purpose for all the evil that has been the result of sin and rebellion, but the free will choices of His creatures has brought it about.

Gen 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
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But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

1 Tim 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

Rom 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

Having looked at God’s purpose for creating Lucifer, the tempter, and His purpose in creating Adam, the sinner, let us also see His purpose in using The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil as the means of temptation. We have already seen that this tree represented God’s law, and as such, was inherently good, because God is good; and, while we normally think of temptations as those things which are sinful, wicked, and evil, such was not the case with this tree. In looking back at our previous studies, we have seen that for Adam, there were no sinful pleasures to tempt him—because he had no knowledge of even the existence of such temptations—he was ignorant of sin, he lived in innocence, and he did that which was naturally good. What the law did do however, was to appeal to man’s vanity, the natural trait of humans that creates in us the desire to be more than God intended us to be, or to think more of ourselves than we should. This was the Achilles heel of mankind, the chink in the armor by which Satan appealed to Eve. By tempting her, using this tree, to “be as gods,” Satan lured her into disobedience, and Adam followed her for the reasons we have already suggested. However, having seen how the law brought about Adam’s downfall, why did God purpose to put it into the Garden in the first place, even though He forbad man to eat of its fruit? Why did God purposely place this source of temptation in the Garden, even though He knew what would be the disastrous results? After all, the Tree would provide no benefit to man because he was forbidden to eat of it; yet it was the catalyst that brought sin and death into the world through Adam’s disobedience.

Gen 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

First of all, the answer to these questions is obvious to those who believe in the sovereign purposes of God. God, who foreknows the end result of all things, even purposed to allow Adam to partake of the tree and plunge mankind into darkness. God knew that this tree would reveal to man his nakedness—that he indeed was a sinner; that he fell short of the glory of God; that the law would condemn man and cause God to judge man for his sin; that it would bring about mans death—first spiritual, then physical, and finally eternal; that it would drive man to all kinds of religious perversions in an effort to stave off death and judgment; that it would reveal to man every facet of sin, inflaming the lustful desires of mans flesh; and that it would bring into being all the wickedness of sin that this world has seen.

Isa 14:24 The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:

Psa 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

Rom 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
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For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Rom 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
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Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
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For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.

Rom 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

Secondly however, even knowing the disastrous results, it was necessary for God to place the tree into the Garden; thus He could never be charged with holding back information upon which His creatures would make their decisions, particularly in regard to their love and devotion to Him. As we mentioned in the points of our thesis, real love can only exist when there is complete openness about all things to be considered. Knowledge is power, and for God to withhold that knowledge, even for benevolent reasons, would be a means of controlling how His creatures responded to Him. The following verses represent a willingness on God’s part to reveal to His creatures all that they would want to know; even though none of them could be considered a direct reference to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Deu 30:11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
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See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;

Jer 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

1 Cor 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

1 Cor 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Finally, it would be through the partaking of this tree that man would be brought to see the exceeding love, grace, and mercy of God toward even His disobedient creatures. The Tree would bring upon mankind condemnation, judgment, and wrath; but even as God sought the first sinners in the Garden, and clothed them, so has He sought a vast multitude of fallen humanity to show them His mercy in Christ. The Tree would show man the futility of seeking after God and His blessings by obedience to the law, or by doing good works; instead, it would drive us to see the exceeding grace of God in Christ. The Tree revealed God’s wrath, so that we could see His love; it revealed His justice, so that we could see His mercy; it revealed His judgment against sin, so that we could see His kindness toward sinners. Through the law we were brought to see the awfulness of sin and rebellion, so that we could learn “the fear of the Lord.” Through the law we were made slaves to sin, Satan, and the flesh, so that we could learn to be the “servants of God.” The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil brought upon us death, but God’s love, shown on the Tree of Calvary, brought us eternal life.

Psa 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Psa 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

Psa 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

Prov 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

Prov 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
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Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Rom 4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
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Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

Rom 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Tit 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
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That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
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That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
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For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
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But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
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That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

We know that there are some who will take an offense at what we have proposed here—that God had an eternal purpose in creating man for the very intention of settling the sin question. However, to answer those who have such concerns, we would propose these questions; and ask the reader to simply and honestly answer them with a good conscience, and according to Scriptural truth.

Has God known from beginning to end, every event that would take place upon this earth, even before it was created?

Isa 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Isa 48:3 I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.

Has there any event taken place on this earth that God did not purpose or allow, according to His sovereign will?

Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Dan 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

Could not God, who cannot be tempted, and who cannot sin, have created beings that also had no propensity to sin?

Jer 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

Prov 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Was Adam’s sin an unplanned event that had not occurred to the mind of God? Did not God know, before the creation of the world, that Adam would disobey and send the entire human race plunging into sin? Did not God purpose, even before He created man, to send a Saviour?

Acts 15:18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Did God not continue in His purpose to create such a world—a world that He foreknew would be overtaken by sin and suffering; a world in which billions of His creatures would suffer, both in time and eternity, despite such foresight?

Rom 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire

If then, God did foreknow all these events, and preordained a plan to rescue only some of Adam’s race, would He not then have had some greater purpose in allowing this misery of sin to transpire?

Rom 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

Isa 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

Rom 9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

Eph 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

 

 

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