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Adam's Life in Paradise.

Adam's Life in Paradise.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

BY GEORGE ALCOCK MACDONNELL, B.A.,




"And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden;
and there He put the man whom He had formed." — Genesis,
Chapter II., Yerse 8.

BY GEORGE ALCOCK MACDONNELL, B.A.,




"And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden;
and there He put the man whom He had formed." — Genesis,
Chapter II., Yerse 8.

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ADAM'S LIFE I PARADISE.BY GEORGE ALCOCK MACDOELL, B.A.,"And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden;and there He put the man whom He had formed." — Genesis,Chapter II., Yerse 8.I PROPOSE, in this and the following discourses, to setbefore you the life of man in its connexion with thepast and future ; for it is only when so viewed thatour life ceases to be an enigma, such as it has alwaysbeen to thinking men not blessed with revelation.Our life is full of those elements which go to makeit anything but happy ; yet it was given to us by One,who, we believe, had unbounded love for our race,and power to make us happy beyond what we canconceive. Did the Creator so love man? Had Hesuch power ? Then why is human life the sad realitywhich we know it to be ? Why such a life from sucha Creator? To answer this question — to reconcilethe apparent inconsistency on our Maker's part — ^wemust remember that, as revelation informs us, ourBpresent life is abnormal: it is not that which Godmade it ; it is not that which He willed it to be. Inconsidering man as a result of God's creative power,we must in all fairness consider him such as he waswhen God first called him into being ; and if his con-dition then was such as we should expect that an all-loving and all-powerful God would make it, and if we can show that that condition has changed for the
 
worse, not owing to anything that God has willed ordone, but owing to man's imfaithfulness to his ownnature, then we must acquit our Creator of allinjustice and unlovingness towards our race, andcharge to our own account whatever in our presentlife is distasteful to our minds and saddening to ourhearts.God's power and love are abundantly evidenced inthe life with which He endowed man at the beginning — in His using Himself, and not even the highest of the angelic order, to be the model after which toimage Adam, — ^in His constituting man lord of thenew world which He made for him, and in whichHe placed him, — in His doing everything in connexionwith this world and man's creation Himself directly,and not through the agency of His ministers, — ^inHis planting as it were with His own hand thegarden that was to be man's home.But here comes the question which puzzles not afew — the question, how is it that man's life is nolonger what it was ] How came it to pass that Godpermitted or caused that life to change? Desiringto honour and love the race, why did not God makeman so that he would be ever worthy of that honourand love, and therefore be ever happy ? Why did Hemake Adam's retention of Paradisiacal life condi-tional ; and conditional upon obedience to a command,not founded upon what we call any moral law ?ow those who ask these questions clearly implythat God, as intending to confer honour and bestowhappiness on our race, ought to have made mengreater and happier than He did — ought to have madeus angels at once, and placed us by His side in heaven.Well, suppose He had made us at once equal to the
 
angels, and that we, in all essential matters, resembledthose glorious beings ; then (we know from the caseof Satan and his followers), as angels were capable of sinning, and liable to eternal expulsion from heaven,we should have resembled them in that respect. Thisbeing the case, was it not an act of great love on theCreator's part, to form man and place him in sucha condition, that if only true to his nature, andobedient to a certain command, he should be trans*lated to heaven, the grandest of all the worlds, andonce enrolled among the shining ranks there, shouldbe incapable of sinning, incapable of corrupting hisglorious nature and losing his infinite happiness ?ow angels, the sacred record implies, wereoriginally created for heaven. They passed throughno probationary course to fit them for God's highestworld. It was their first estate which those of themwho sinned kept not. So created then, some of themb2sinned, and were cast out from heaven, never to beadmitted again. Man, on the other hand, was firstformed for, and sent into a probationary world, to pre-pare him for the highest state of existence ; and whenonce translated to that state, shall be no more capableof sinning — shall never be separated from God. Isit not clear then, that the probationary, preparatorylife was assigned to man for the purpose of securingto him, in permanence, the highest state of happinesswhen once obtained ? If so, then God's assigning toman a probationary life — not life at once in heaven,as He did to the angels — ^was a great blessing — thegreatest, as far as we can see, which it was in theDivine power to give. God so made man, that uponhis entering heaven it would be an entering uponeternal life ; whereas His making man an angel at

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