The Law Was Established So That the Trespass Might Increase

God placed the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, because Adam and Eve were not perfect. To the perfect beings, any law does not become a hindrance. As it is written:

1 Timothy 1:9 We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious;

To those who are not perfect, the law becomes a great hinderance. In regard to this, the Apostle Paul said:

Romans 7:10-11 “I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.

In Eden, the commandment was this: “Do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” However, Satan deceived Eve into eating from the forbidden tree and she gave some to Adam and he ate it, and they came to die (Gen. 3:1-6). The commandment was intended to bring life, but men broke it and became slaves to death after all. As it is written:

Romans 5:20-21 “The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

God’s administration is profound and mysterious. In the Garden of Eden, God established a law – “Do not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil,” but the law brought death. On Mount Sinai, the Ten Commandments were given to the Israelites as a law, but it also resulted in death for them (Romans 7:9-11). Christ came to the earth to save men destined to die. Whoever believes in Him is to be saved (John 3:4-18; Romans 3:21-26).

While Adam led many people to sin by his natural body, Jesus led many to eternal life by His spiritual body; He came to save the souls who were destined to die because of Adam’s sin,┬áleaving the glorious throne. In regard to this, the Apostle Paul wrote that is it sown a natural and it is raised a spiritual body (I Corinthians 15:42-49).

Some may ask, “Why does God forsake the many in order to save the few?” The reason many are forsaken is that a large number of angels committed sin deserving death by rebelling against God in the world of angels. Just thinking of the human world, the number of the forsaken seems to be very large. But considering the vast angelic world of the whole universe, it is quite small. If some are saved as a little flock among many doomed to death, their glory will reach heaven. How much will they thank their Redeemer for His grace? By saving the few, God makes the redeemed know the glory of their Redeemer (Romans 9:21-24).

God made a large number of pottery for common use, in order to make known His glory to the pottery for noble purposes. He reveals His mysterious and profound administration only to the few, through many tests, so that they may give glory to Him.

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