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God entered into a covenant, an intimate, personal relationship and binding agreement, with Adam in Paradise. This covenant is called the Covenant of Works, as the continuation of this relation5hip depended upon Adam's works of willful obedience or disobedience.

The Covenant of Works included a condition or test, a promise upon obedience, and a penalty for disobedience, as presented below:

Covenant Of Works

Condition - Willing Obedience
(Test or Probationary Command)

    And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat,

    But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil thou shalt not eat of it.

    Genesis 2:16-17a

Promise - Eternal Life
(Upon obedience)

    And now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.

    Genesis 3:22b

Penalty - Death
(Upon disobedience)

    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.

    Genesis 2:17

  • Covenant - Binding agreement


    And the woman said unto the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

    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.

    - Genesis 3:2-3

    But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.

    - Hosea 6:7

    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:

    Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came upon all men Unto justification of life.

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

    - Romans 5:12,18-19

    For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

    For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

    - I Corinthians 15:21-22


    In Paradise, how did the Tree of Life testify of God's prornise, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, of God's test?

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