Chosen in Christ Before the Creation of the World

Here is another question: “Did God know that Adam would eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, or not?”

We cannot say that the Almighty God, who declared the end from the beginning, didn’t know (Isaiah 46:10). If God knew, He must have intended from them to sin. Even the serpent that tempted Eve was also made by God. It was God’s providence that Adam and Eve were to be deceived by the serpent and eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:1-5).

Actually all this was predestined in Christ before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:3-9). Some may think that God established the administration of redemption after Adam sinned. However, it had already been established before the Creation. For it is written:

Ephesians 1:4-9 “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will… In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace…”

Considering that God chose us in Christ before the creation of the world, it is certain that Adam was predestined to die.

As for the origin of sin, we have to study it by connecting all the related verses (Genesis 2 and 3 about the history of Adam, Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:11-17) and not in fragments, so that we can know the exact relationship between the corrupt angels and men.

Genesis 2 and 3 give a good explanation about how Adam came to sin, so that we can easily understand the origin of sin. And the books of Isaiah and Ezekial teach us how angels became corrupt and committed sin. Actually, their sin is the same as Adam’s. The book of Isaiah explains that motive and the mental process of the first sinner’s rebellion against God. The book of Ezekiel tells about the first sinner’s original nature and position.

In the book of Ezekiel, we can see how the king of Tyre sinned in heaven: He was anointed as a guardian cherub, and walked among the fiery stones on the holy mount of God; however, on account of his overflowing splendor, he became proud and corrupted himself and sinned, and finally he was driven out (Ezekiel 28:11-17).

The book of Isaiah describes the actions of the king of Babylon in heaven: He was in the splendid position of ‘son of the dawn,’ but he became proud and tried to exalt his throne above the stars of God and to be like the Most High; finally, he was cast down to this earth of sin (Isaiah 14:4-15).

Studying the above two chapters together, we can gain a basic understanding of the origin of sin. These two cases are representative of all men and they show numerous angels’ committing sin. As it is written:

Revelation 12:9 “The great dragon was hurled down — that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”

Even after Satan rebelled against God and was hurled down along with numerous angels, he attended the whole assembly of the firstborn in heaven as the representative of the earth (Job 1:6-7; 2:1-2; cf. Hebrews 12:23). But as soon as Jesus won a victory over him through the Cross, he was completely expelled from the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven (Luke 10:18; cf Revelation 12:9).

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