Let’s face it….humanly speaking, if God was really fair He would have given each of us our own chance to be tested in the Garden of Eden. As it is, we have to SORELY suffer for what our FIRST PARENTS did. That is, inherit these decaying, mortal bodies that are PROGRAMMED to lean toward sinning in every way possible (Romans 7:18-20), not to mention also inheriting a heart (the very center and controlling factor of our actions) “that is deceitful and desperately wicked above all things” (Jeremiah 17:9). GOOD GRIEF: thanks first mom, thanks first dad for such a nice inheritance!!
If the truth be known, God PURPOSELY set Adam and Eve up to fall for that forbidden fruit routine, and EXPECTEDLY sinned. He did this to introduce sin and death to the creation for His Divine Purpose. Actually, God could have set any one of us up, also….and ultimately gotten each of us to sin, as well. Of course,He can justify doing this because He is going to use it ALL for the GLORIOUS BENEFIT of us ALL….eventually!
Quite simply, God and Christ Jesus INVOLUNTARILY subjected the creation to the vanity and pain of this life (Romans 8:20) so that ALL of creation might EVENTUALLY ENJOY and appreciate the UNIMAGINABLE GLORY that will be revealed when God is ALL in ALL! (Romans 8:21; Corinthians 15:28)….each coming to enjoy this in their own order. Believers are the first fruits (James 1:18) of ALL who will be saved; thereafter, the rest of creation at the “end” (of the ages) when Christ has subjected ALL under His authority. (1 Corinthians 15:22-24)
This will eventually lead to ALL of creation coming to the APPRECIATE, to HONOR and to LOVE God and Christ Jesus for Who They are as well as for what the creation will come to experience in its final and glorious state….because of Them. The experiences of this life are to teach us how horrible life is apart from Them and what happens when we do anything apart from Them. Some will learn this lesson when they are “chastised” after the Great White Throne Judgment. Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible puts it nicely in Matthew 25:46: ” And these shall go away into age-abiding correction”. (NOT “eternal punishment” or “eternal torment” as many translations have it….THIS IS A TOTAL MISTRANSLATION!)
What we are going through now is NOT worthy to be compared with what ALL of us will experience then. (Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:17….this applies to believers as well as to the ENTIRE creation).
Please refer to the Posts on “All Will Be Saved” and “Eon vs Forever” for more details concerning this WONDERFUL and TRIUMPH truth.
Later, in Christ,