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For the Scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might show My power in thee, and that My name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardeneth.

Thou wilt say then Unto me, Why doth He yet find fault? For who hath resisted His will?

Nay but, 0 man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

- Romans 9:17-20

 

  • Remedy - That which corrects, removes, or heals an evil; a corrective

  • The heavenly song of praise that saved sinners will sing eternally is named "The Song of Moses and of the Lamb" (Rev. 15:3). Why is this song of deliverance called the song of:

    - Moses?

    - the Lamb?

    Who only will be able to sing this song? Why?


  • Mutual - Pertaining alike to both sides; shared alike; comrnon to two or more

  • But, did God not know ahead of time that Adam would choose disobedience rather than obedience - death instead of life? Was the fall not in God's decree? Yes, God did know. This event, as all events, was in His decree. If God knew ahead of time that Adam would make the wrong choice, why then did He create man and give him the ability of choosing?

    Again, we must be very cautious with these types of questions. Man's sinful, rebellious heart strongly desires to blame anyone else for its own sins - even God! There is, however, no unrighteousness in God. He is the perfection of righteousness and holiness. Even when we cannot fully understand why God has acted as He has, we may rest assured that His dealings are perfect and upright. Again, while not prying beyond Scripture into God's secret will, God's Word does reveal the following reasons for His creating and testing of man, and the permitting of his fall:

    1. In His decree, God saw not only the fall but also the remedy for the fall - Jesus Christ. He saw not only the deadly disease of sin, but also the medicine and physician to cure this deadly disease. In Jesus Christ and the Covenant of Grace, God would give more to man than he lost in Adam and the Covenant of Works. This is presented in greater detail in the following chapter which deals with the Covenant of Grace.

    2. Through man's fall, God's glorious Being would be more richly revealed and glorified. God's profound love and perfect righteousness - all of God's attributes are proclaimed through the salvation and punishment of sinners. God's justice is clearly revealed through His hatred of sin and punishment of unrepentant sinners. God's grace is richly shown through the suffering and death of Jesus Christ to save undeserving, hell-worthy sinners.

    Before their fall in Paradise, Adam and Eve knew God's love, a mutual love. God loved His creature, man, who loved Him in return. But after the fall, saved sinners experience God's grace - a rich, one-sided, forgiving love to sinners who do not deserve it. Since their fall, saved sinners will experience and rejoice in a deeper knowledge of God's love than the angels which never fell.


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