A Garden, a Tree, and a Command

This Sunday (April 7) evening’s Bible study is based on Genesis 2:15-17 (along with Romans 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 15:35-49): “A Garden, a Tree, and a Command: The Covenant of Works.” I found the following quotes helpful:

“Adam, by comparison to Christ, stood on a lower level. Adam was the first; Christ the second and the last. Christ presupposes Adam and succeeds him. Adam is the lesser and inferior entity; Christ the greater and higher being. Hence, Adam pointed to Christ; already before the fall he was the type of Christ. In Adam’s creation Christ was already in view.”
“The probationary command is proof that he [Adam] occupied an entirely exceptional post. He was not only the ancestor but also the head and representative of the entire human race, and his conduct was decisive for all.”
(Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, Vol. 2: God and Creation, pp. 564 and 578)

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I serve as pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Newberg, Oregon.
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