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Man’s original state is best understood by considering what takes place in the redemption and re-creation of man, that is, what man is given in his new life is surely in some way what he lost in the Fall. Because of the Cross man is given, not completely, but gradually, what he lost in Eden.

The New Testament affirms that the believer is being created with true righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:24) and renewed in knowledge (Col. 3:10); therefore, Adam in the Garden must have been created with original righteousness and a finite but perfect knowledge.

In addition to being morally upright and intellectually astute, man’s original state was mutable—he was capable of losing that which had been given to him at the time of his creation. And he did lose it as is reflected in the words: “in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die” (Gen. 2:17).

Also man at the point of his creation not only represented himself but represented his children, and all future individuals. This is the unmistakable teaching of Rom. 5:12-21.

Consideration will be given to the following topics:

      The Earth

      Lived in Eden

      Morally Upright

      Intellectually Astute

      Created to Work



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