(Gen 2:15) And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
(Gen 2:16) And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
(Gen 2:17) 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.
(Gen 3:6) 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.
Why did God give Adam and Eve this restriction not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?
Adam and Eve were babes. They were totally innocent and had no knowledge of good and evil. They didn’t know that temptation had entered the world through Satan in the form of the Serpent. To us however, in the light of scripture, this temptation is clearly present in the form of the Serpent. Even more so that it was present at least in its potential within human nature in the flesh. Notice that Eve “saw” that the tree was good for food. That is was “pleasant to the eyes”. And that it was a tree to be “desired” to make one wise.
Here we see what is commonly referred to as the lust of the flesh even before the transgression. We see that she “saw”, that the tree was “pleasant to the eyes”. We can also see that Eve listened to the words of the serpent which she later states caused her confusion. The combination of visual and audio stimulation led to her temptation to sin (fall short of God’s directive). This temptation left Eve with two options. Submit to the will of God or to the temptation of the Serpent and of her own lust. As we all know, Eve chose the latter and then sin (falling short of the mark) entered the world.
Through this transgression and the subsequent manifestation of sin through temptation, death entered the world as per God’s word in Gen 2:17.
Now before Moses there was one law (or commandment) and that law could not be broken again because God placed angels around the tree and shut it off from man (Gen 3:24).
(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:
(Rom 5:13) For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
(Rom 5:14) Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
What was the similitude of Adams Transgression?
(1Sa 15:23) For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Can one sin (fall short) of the glory of God without the law? YES
We can see that although there was no law not to kill, Cain was cursed (punished) by God when he slew Able (Gen 4).
What then is the purpose of the law?
The purpose of the law was to show mankind his/her iniquity. The law was given to point out man’s unrighteousness in the eyes of God. By showing man what not to do God was showing him the things which pleased Him. The purpose of the law was never to serve as a tool to convict, condemn or save anyone. It was to show man the nature of God!
It is for this very reason that breaking the law can’t condemn nor obeying the law save anyone.
(Rom 3:9) What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
(Rom 3:10) As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
(Rom 3:11) There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
(Rom 3:12) They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
(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.
(Rom 3:20) 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.
How then are we saved?
(Mat 10:22) And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
(Mat 24:13) But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Those who endure what will be saved? Endure what?
False doctrine! The doctrines of men which lead man away from the saving grace of Jesus Christ and His finished work at the cross! The lie of the enemy that there is something that man can to to earn salvation!
(Mar 16:16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
(Joh 3:15) That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
(Joh 3:16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
(Joh 3:17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
(Joh 3:18) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
(Act 2:21) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
(Act 4:12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
(Act 16:30) And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
(Act 16:31) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
(Rom 5:8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
(Rom 5:9) Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
(Rom 5:10) 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.
(Rom 8:24) For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
(Rom 10:8) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
(Rom 10:9) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
(Rom 10:10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
(Rom 10:13) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
(Eph 2:4) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
(Eph 2:5) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
(Eph 2:6) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
(Eph 2:7) That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
(Eph 2:8) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
(2Ti 1:9) Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
(2Ti 1:10) But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
(2Ti 1:11) Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
(Tit 3:4) But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
(Tit 3:5) 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;
(Tit 3:6) Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
(Tit 3:7) That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
(Jud 1:3) Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
(Jud 1:4) For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Jud 1:5) I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
Are there any questions?
Salvation comes only through the mercy and grace of God made manifest through the broken body, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Not through our works and not through obeying the law.
(Rom 5:9) Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
(Rom 5:10) 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. (a perfect sinless life)
(Rom 5:11) And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Finally: Read Galatians chapter 3
Holy Scripture tells us that we are saved and justified through faith in the death and resurrection alone. No where does it say that we can work our way into heaven. No where does it say that we must obey the law to be saved. In fact the word of God says the exact opposite.
(Mar 10:26) And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
(Mar 10:27) And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
(Heb 7:25) Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
Our faith, the same faith that was accounted to Abraham for righteousness, that he had trusted God, is the only thing that can save us from the wages of sin and that faith is in the finished work of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ alone!
Thank You Jesus!
All praise and glory to Almighty God who has made a way where their is no way!