This occurred to me in Bible Study, where we are studying Romans.
I'm not sure how far I can carry the analogy, but I find it fascinating.
Genesis describes the creation.
Romans 1 references the Creation.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Romans 1:28 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen,
Genesis 1:28:Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;
Romans 5:14 Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
Romans 5:17 For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
The one man's offense, was Adam's, in the garden. Eating of the wrong Tree.
The gift of God (life) was given through the Tree of the cross.
So, what other comparison might be made?
Well, Paul talks extensively about Grace and the Law.
What analogy is in The Garden to Grace and the Law?
The Trees of Life and of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
The Tree of Life was available to them as long as they obeyed the Law, which for them was: don't partake of the other tree.
Was that law sin? No, it protected them from death.
Was it an arbitrary law? A test? Was it fair to expose them?
Or was it respect for their sovereignty? Their free will?
It was their inability to obey that law that brought their death.
If there was no death already, what was the purpose of the Tree of Life?
Death resulted from lack of access to Life.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (who hung on a tree)."
So, from the beginning, there was Law and Grace. Obedience and Life.
But it was not and is not now, the Law of Moses.
It was and is, the law of the Spirit.
The Second Adam restored this.
Any thoughts or contributions to this?
I would be remiss if I did not point out that the new life (eternal life) is available to you personally by
- Recognizing that you need to change, that you are not living up to God's standards
- Submit to His plan for your life (eternal life) by admitting you're wrong, He's right.
- Accept the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross as substitution for your death sentence.
- Live according to the leading and guiding of the spirit.
- Asking Him to work His will through you when you realize you can't.