Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sacrifice And Its Purpose

Adam was made a living soul and afterward put in a garden eastward in Eden. He was set in an environment of mortality. All about him plants and animals were dying. He knew the facts of death.

And Adam himself was created a mortal being. He could only live a prolonged life, and that by eating of the tree of life. He was a candidate for immortality. He was on trial, to see whether he would obey his Creator or not.

Adam was threatened with death if he disobeyed God's one and only command for him. And that death was to happen in the very day that he transgressed.

Adam wilfully sinned. He died the day he sinned. This does not necessarily mean that a day is a thousand years and that he did not live out that time. Adam died in less than 24 hours after he ate of the forbidden fruit. How?

There was a sacrifice, a substitute. One died in his stead and he was identified with that victim which shed its blood and gave of its skin that Adam might be covered.

Adam knew that this innocent victim stood as a representative of himself. It had died a death from which there was no return and for which there was no remedy. This was what was threatened to him, and he realized that it was what he deserved.

Coupled with the promise in Gen 3:15 , this sacrifice was a picture story of what was to happen in the future. But it was not yet time for God Himself to take the place of Adam and die in his stead. That was to come later. But Adam had the promise and could by faith obtain eternal life and resurrection in a sure and efficacious sacrifice to be made in the future, even as you and I can look back to it and be identified with that Sacrifice.

Adam did die 930 years later, but not the death that was threatened to him in Eden. He "fell on sleep" and awaits the call for resurrection. After the sacrifice was made, Adam again was a candidate for immortality, but on different conditions.

When Adam fell, he not only brought death upon himself and the forfeiture of immortality, but brought the same upon countless millions of his children. They too can only have resurrection and immortality by being identified with or baptized into the death and resurrection of the Redeemer, the one great Sacrifice. They must follow their father Adam in this respect. Most of them follow something they need not do. Most men at some time try the fig leaves to cover themselves. But they soon discover that their own works are not sufficient; they soon wither away and drop off.

When Adam and Eve made the aprons of fig leaves and then hid themselves, they fully expected God to appear and carry out the sentence of death. How surprised they must have been when He provided a way of escape. Maybe it was hard to believe. They learned a great lesson in the love of God.

The record leads us to believe that Adam failed in many ways, yet his children had been taught the sacrifice, and the reason for it. The place was where the cherubim were placed at the garden.

Share With Others

(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

Add comment

Security code

Verse of the Day

Acts 2:22
Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
Click here for related Bible Study

Member Sign Up


Become a Member and Meet New Friends, Receive a Free eBook and Newsletter and More! Click Image or Here!

Just want a Newsletter without Member Sign Up Click Here.

Who's Online

We have 472 guests online

Change Style


Help support this believer
sponsored ministry
with your
donation today.


Good Newsflash

Would you be shocked to learn that the Scriptures do not speak of an Immortal Soul. No other teaching has caused as much confusion and error as this great lie. Genesis 3:4 states "And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:"  Find out the truth about death that the Devil does not want you to know!  Click here to learn The Truth.

Contact Info

  • Believer Ministries Inc.
  • P.O. Box 500
  • Sutherlin, OR 97479 USA
  • Tel: (541) 459-4660

Ministry Information

  • The Word of God makes known The Lord Jesus Christ; Who declares to the Believer our Heavenly Father that we might know Him. God has revealed Himself not according to religious viewpoints but reveals Himself by the written Word.  The Light that illuminates our path makes it possible for all who are willing to walk with Him and to see His clear instructions to live victorious lives in Christian Faith and Practice.
  • is a Bible Study Center whose goal is to base all of our posted teachings on Scripture and not the traditions and commandments of men.

Help Center

Member Login



Sign in with Facebook