STUDY 2: THE ADAMIC COVENANT
Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.
THE Adamic Covenant is a conditional covenant. Though there was no written covenant
between God and Adam, there was an implied covenant, for Father Adam was created in the
image and likeness of God as a perfect human being. God gave him the right to life as long as he
would remain in harmony with justice. He also gave him as his life-rights the privilege of having
a perfect body with perfect life, the privilege of generating a race with perfect life, the privilege
of perfect conditions in climate, health, food, water, home, air, etc., the privilege of controlling
this earth as its ruler and all that are in it, and the privilege of perfect fellowship with God and
These blessings were all subject to a condition – obedience. As long as Adam maintained his part
of this covenant, that long would God continue him in all the rights given him as a present at his
creation. The transgression of this covenant is referred to in Hosea 6: 7: “But they like Adam
have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me” (see margin).
Adam’s transgression caused him to suffer the sentence of death, being cast off from God and
from covenant relationship with Him, alienated from God by the sentence of death passed upon
him and mother Eve, who was found with him in the transgression.
God and Adam’s Intimate Relationship
Before Adam sinned, God and Adam had a very intimate relationship. God talked with Adam
and Adam talked with God, that is, God talked with Adam through His representative, the Logos,
our Lord Jesus in His pre-human condition. But Adam learned to love his wife more than he
loved God; and rather than live without her, he made up his mind out of love for her that he
would die with her – he deliberately committed suicide. God permitted Adam to have access to
every tree in the garden, except the tree of the knowledge (experience) of good and evil. To eat
of it would bring an experience with evil; to refrain from eating of it would give him a continued
experience with good. Thus, he would have lived forever had he obeyed that command.
Doubtless God would have given him other trials and experiences to test him from other
standpoints, but this was enough to determine that Adam had learned to make a god of his wife
rather than God.
Although Adam’s rights were taken from him instantly, he was permitted the use of vestiges of
them until, by the dying process, they were wholly removed from him at death
(Genesis 2: 7; 3: 19) (Romans 5: 12-14). While he no longer had the right to life and its life
rights, yet God gave him the privilege of dying gradually instead of suddenly; for a dying life,
under imperfect living conditions, was all that Father Adam had after the sentence.
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