Did the first Adam, the representative of the old humankind, surely die in the garden in Eden? When the “Woman,” repeated God’s command, she omitted the word “surely” while Satan used it but in a negative way. Satan said: ‘you will not surely die’ or, literally, ‘surely, you will not die.’ The law that condemned the humankind to eternal death in the first Adam requires an immediate death as the wages for sin. Satan knew the requirement, but because he also knew about the plan of salvation, he stated, ‘you will not die instantly.’ The woman did not notice the nuance in what Satan said to her. The law’s demand, however, could not be avoided by any a means. Because God is eternal, there is neither past nor future to Him; all events and thoughts are the eternal present-tense to Him. So, from God’s eyes, the humankind died instantly in the garden in Eden. From humankind’s experience, it did not die immediately. Why not
Because of His immeasurable selfless love for humankind, God delayed the payment of wages for sin until the promised Grace becomes a reality. The God’s Grace became a reality in one-of-a-kind Son of promise – Jesus Christ. Jesus, in the desert, conquered temptation and thus, as representative of the new humankind, He became perfect. Jesus lived the sinless life for three and one-half years. Then, on the cross at Golgotha, Jesus laid down or separated from His body the perfect life He lived three and one-half years. This separation was voluntary and irrevocable.
God then put into the body of Jesus sin itself and our life of sin that is, our spirit which sinned in the orchard in Eden. God, by forsaking or abandoning Jesus, forever destroyed the sin and our life of sin. The “you will surely die” became a reality in the body of Jesus on the cross at Golgotha. The ‘wages for sin’ was paid in full and is irrevocable. Our life, our spirit, that we inherited from first Adam no longer exists. If faithful to and trusting Jesus we, here and now, have His perfect life. Could it get any better?