Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. -- Romans 5:18
Friday, May 9, 2014
Adam’s holy fall was the fall of Creation, the separation of perfect, tranquil wholeness into distinctions. We see it in goodness when God calls Adam to name the animals. If you read that whole passage from Genesis 2:18 through the revelation of Eve, you see that God is looking for a complement in His creation to Adam: It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him. Then “out of the ground”, God brings all the creatures before Adam. Animals and everything already existed, but they were in oneness. They still are, of course, but man is the instrument God uses for adding adventure to existence. When Adam can’t find that which “fits” him outside, the Lord goes inside to get Eve.
At this point, the adventure takes a tragic turn and wholeness collapses into disorder and disharmony. How could so much evil result from one sin? Adam is the prism. Before the Fall, the pure light of reality shines through him to produce a rainbow of truth. After the Fall, the prism is clouded and the image of reality is shattered and distorted.
When Christ came, He replaced Adam. The clouded, shadowed glimpses of the light of God that we always saw before were frightening and threatening because it was coming through this distorted vessel, the flesh. Jesus removes that and through Him the truth is revealed in all its majesty and glory.