Our Helper and Redeemer
by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one
shall many be made righteous. Rom. 5:19.
Because man fallen could not overcome Satan with his human strength, Christ
came from the royal courts of heaven to help him with His human and divine
strength combined. Christ knew that Adam in Eden, with his superior advantages,
might have withstood the temptations of Satan, and conquered him. He also
knew that it was not possible for man, out of Eden, separated from the light
and love of God since the Fall, to resist the temptations of Satan in his
own strength. In order to bring hope to man, and save him from complete ruin,
He humbled Himself to take man's nature, that, with His divine power combined
with the human, He might reach man where he is. He obtains for the fallen
sons and daughters of Adam that strength which it is impossible for them to
gain for themselves, that in His name they may overcome the temptations of
Satan. . . .
Eve in Eden were placed under most favorable circumstances. . . . They were
without the condemnation of sin. . . .
of their existence was their teacher. But they fell beneath the power and
temptations of the artful foe. Four thousand years had Satan been at work
against the government of God, and he had obtained strength and experience
from determined practice. Fallen men had not the advantages of Adam in Eden.
They had been separating from God for four thousand years. The wisdom to understand,
and power to resist, the temptations of Satan had become less and less, until
Satan seemed to reign triumphant in the earth. Appetite and passion, the love
of the world and presumptuous sins, were the great branches of evil out of
which every species of . . . corruption grew.
may seem a tangle; but as we commit ourselves to the wise Master Worker, He
will bring out the pattern of life and character that will be to His own glory.
And that character which expresses the glory--character--of Christ, will be
received into the Paradise of God.
who by faith obeys God's commandments, will reach the condition of sinlessness
in which Adam lived before his transgression.
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