Did Adam & Eve have FREE WILL and how does this affect Calvinistic TOTAL DEPRAVITY?
The “second skin” provided by the Lord figuratively replaced their covering of mortal skin with the flesh of Jesus Christ, the “second Adam,”30 through whose power they would experience a “renewing of their bodies.”31 Indeed, the Hebrew term for “atonement” exactly fits this situation, meaning “to cover or recover, cover again, to repair a hole, cure a sickness, mend a rift, make good a torn or broken covering.”32 Though the leather garment given to Adam and handed down through the patriarchs was foremost a sign of repentance,33 it was also a sign of authority,34 and a symbol of “royal rebirth and rejuvenation.”35 It provided protection, afforded modesty, reminded Adam and Eve of their covenants, and served as an earnest of the glorious celestial robes that awaited them through their faithfulness. Here’s a good rabbinic resource to start the discussion Rick Wadholm Jr
Charles Page [07/19/2015 9:28 PM]
The Trilogy, by D. Scott Reichard, …exalts God‘s sovereignty and His responsibility to save all due to His laws of liability and redemption. Is it really a question of ?free will versus sovereignty? From a legal standpoint, ?free will is a side bar; ownership is the issue. God, as Creator, owns all He has made
(Ge.1:1; Ez.18:4). Man has delegated authority, but God retains sovereignty! His liability laws are based on ownership. Exodus 21:33-34 says if a man digs a pit and does not cover it, and an ox falls in (of his own free will), the owner of the pit shall make it good and buy the animal. God‘s law makes the owner of the pit responsible; he must buy the ox (see also De.22:8 and Ex. 22:5-6). Well, consider this analogy: God created a beautiful garden as man‘s home. In the center of it, He dug a pit and chose not to fence it off; in fact, he shades it with two temptation trees and hires a sly tempter as the grounds keeper. And what happened? Man fell in the pit just as God knew he would from the foundation of the world (Ep. 1:4; Re. 13:8).
What do you think about this statement? I don’t buy into it, what are your thoughts?