Illegitimate Children of the first and second Adam

There is a line of thinking in many churches that man does not have a free will.  We the elect are subject to irresistible grace.  But we never had the chance to reject God, since it is impossible for the elect to reject Him. 

Funny thing though, some of those who teach we have no free will state that Adam by his own free will sinned.  Speaking of Adam and the fall of man they state,

But when he was in honor he did not understand it^21 and did not recognize his excellence. But he subjected himself willingly to sin and consequently to death and the curse, lending his ear to the word of the devil. [1]

So is it that only Adam had free will or does this include Eve as well, since she took the first bite?  How is it that these teachers who advocate we have no free will state that Adam had free will?  What gives?

I know that as a sinner, being lost in my sins, I was related to the first Adam.

And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.[2]

So once again I find teaching proceeding out of the mouth of man that contradicts what I read in my Bible.  Not only this, these men contradict themselves by stating the first Adam had free will and we his offspring don’t.

The scripture goes on to say that now as believers we bear the likeness of Christ.  So is it that only the lost have no free will or is it the saved as well?  If we the saved have no free will either, than what likeness do we share with Christ?

The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life–only to take it up again.  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”[3]

We see that Jesus exercised His free will when He laid His life down. 

So now we have the confession from teaches of the “no free will’ doctrine, that the first Adam had free will.  I suppose they would agree that Jesus the second Adam has free will.  So now what, are we as past relations to the first Adam and now relations to Christ the second Adam illegitimate children, since we have no free will?  If we have no free will is there a third Adam we should get to know and call our spiritual kindred?

[1] Beltic Confession Article 14

[2] 1 Corinthians 15:49

[3] John 10:17-18

3 thoughts on “Illegitimate Children of the first and second Adam

  1. I believe free will began as Eve ate of the fruit of the Tree of ‘Knowledge.’…since one must KNOW/COMPREHEND/UNDERSTAND ‘two’ realities…in order to make a choice. God’s intent was to make man ‘in our image.’ It was not until AFTER Eve ate of the Tree…did she have ‘knowledge’ of Evil in the same way she KNEW God from fellowshipping with Him in Eden. ….from experience. It was AFTER Eve was deceived (1ti 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. ) …that God acknowledged the COMPLETION of ‘in our image.’

    The following verse confirms that AFTER eating of the Tree of ‘Knowledge’…Adam and Eve were now equipped to compare and contrast Good and Evil, through experience with each, and to KNOWINGLY ‘CHOOSE’ whom they will serve. Free will is the most POWERFUL gift from God to man…the power to CHOOSE Life or Death.

    Great post.


  2. Woops. Forgot the verse which confirms that Eve did not KNOW evil before eating of the Tree of Knowledge….and, therefore, was purposed by God to transgress as a type of Bride with Adam as the type of Bridegroom or Christ.

    Ge 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

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