A Ransom for Adam
Food for thinking Christians, think, use your God given ability to reason things out for yourself, who
amongst men could have devised such a plan, which would consider the judgment of one man
as determining the fate of all mankind?
Now some who have been made aware of this economical feature of the Divine Plan might suggest
that someone other than God could have conjured up such an idea, but the evidence does not support
this. How many amongst professing Christians even know of this feature of God’s plan let alone believe in
it? Even when this wondrous part of the divine plan is carefully explained as taught by the Apostle Paul in
Romans the Fifth Chapter it is usually misconstrued and rarely received; the fact is it is usually ridiculed as
being unjust. (That's because ever since man's fall his sense of judgment, of justice has likewise been
However when properly understood by the true student of God’s word not only is it shown to be fully in
accord with justice, but likewise to exemplify fully the divine attributes of love and mercy, and in due time
the power of God, in the restoration of all things.
Now to those who rightly understand this thought,
"By one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death (the wages of sin)
passed upon all men. Therefore, as by the offense of one (man, Adam) judgment (the sentence)
came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one (man, the Man Christ
Jesus) the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life." (Rom 5:12,18) that “Since by man
[Adam] came death, even so by man [the Man Christ Jesus] also came the resurrection of the
dead, for as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive" (1 Cor 15:21,22), the
implication should be quite clear, the penalty which divine justice had imposed upon father Adam for his
disobedience, which subsequently effected his entire posterity must have been fully acquired and met by
the one sacrifice of our Lord.
A perfect man Adam had sinned. As a result all of his children were born in sin and condemned to death
like their father,
“The fathers (Adam) have eaten a sour grape (sinned), and the children’s (all of Adam’s children)
teeth are set on edge (The nature of the fathers, being polluted by sin, is transmitted to the children,
who come under the death sentence for having the same nature or disposition as the fathers)."
In order to remove this penalty justice required just one man—a perfect man— who would be
willing to give his human life for Adam, by so doing, Adam AND all of his children would be freed
from the death sentence.
Now some are under the impression that Christ sacrifice “once for all” (Heb 10:10) is not all
inclusive (thus insufficient), that although it does cover the sins of the whole world this is with the
exception of the sins of father Adam or his wife Eve, supposing that they as perfect creatures
have already had their individual trial.
The problem with this is that these forget that although perfect in every sense of the word, both Adam
and Eve lacked a sufficient knowledge and understanding of the exceedingly sinfulness of sin
and its consequent results, (i.e. sorrow, pain, disease and death) and so not being properly
acquainted with both good and evil they were unable to perceive the true consequences of their
actions, i.e. both to themselves and to their posterity. We are not here in any way excusing their
guilt; we merely wish to point this out.
Regardless of this the scriptures are quite clear as to the fact that the “sinless undefiled one” (Heb 7:
26) the Man Christ Jesus became the ransom, anti-lutron, i.e. corresponding price for the sins of
the WHOLE world (which natually would include father Adam and Eve) that he by the grace of God
tasted death for ALL MEN, becoming our propitiation (satisfaction of justice) 1 John 2:2.
THE FOLLOWING THOUGH IS ONE WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR ALL TO GRASP:
The very fact that Christ sacrifice of himself (his perfect human life) was considered as an
equivalent or corresponding price to offset the requirements of justice naturally implies that the
one for whom he was to atone must have been one who held an equal value before the eyes of
justice, for this is God’s Law (Exod 21:23-24) and seeing as there has never existed but the one
other perfect man prior to Christ, i.e. Adam then it is abundantly clear as to whose sins were
Now let us reason this out, since Christ died as a ransom taking the place of father Adam, then father
Adam is no longer condemned under the divine penalty which was originally imposed upon him, nor is any
of his posterity. “Therefore, as by the offense of one (Adam) judgment (the sentence) came upon
all men to condemnation; even so as by the righteousness of one (Jesus) the free gift (the gift of
life secured through the ransom) came upon all men unto justification of life." (Rom 5:18) What
could be any clearer?
Now suppose for the moment that we agreed with those who say that Christ did not atone for
Adam’s sins or his wife’s, where would this leave us?
If Christ’s sacrifice was a corresponding price and equivalent for another of equal value, whom
did he take the place of as required by the divine law? Who was there who ever posessed a life
of equal value, another perfect man with whom Christ was supposedly to have taken the place
of as an anti-lutron or corresponding price?
If Adam was not redeemed then we are all still lost, for we all shared in his trial, his failure, and
thus in his sentence and his penalty and unless he personally is freed from the original sentence
imposed upon him and its subsequent penalty we likewise all still remain condemned under the
Suppose once again for argument sake we were to concede that perhaps there was some other son of
Adam’s whom the Lord redeemed, someone not mentioned prior to Adam’s fall (although we are clearly
taught that Cain was the first son of Adam following Adam’s fall, Gen 4:1) suppose the Lord took the
place of this “other supposed” individual, what would be the implications?
Well for starters since the Lord only took the place of one man redeeming HIM and his seed
alone, then every one else not associated with this supposed individual who was ever born of Adam
(directly or indirectly as offspring of one of his other sons) would have no redeemer and thus would live
and die never to be resurrected again, this would include quite a few notable characters mentioned
in the bible, including for example Enoch, Noah, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and etc. None of these
could ever be resurrected seeing as they all share in the genealogy of their father Adam and thus in his
condemnation. They are all eternally lost for divine justice is very strict, a fallen man could not redeem
another fallen man nor could divine justice be satisfied with the sacrifice of a perfect man in behalf
of a fallen man, and even if that were acceptable it would still require a sacrifice of one perfect man for
every one individual to be redeemed, this would require millions if not billions of redeemers, how foolish
Let us concede the wisdom of God’s Plan of condemning all in one that he might equally save all in one.