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Read: Romans 16:25-27 25 Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27 to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.

I left you to ponder several provocative questions, Here’s some answers, also to ponder, from scripture. These are New Testament verses, but they refer to the time before Adam and Eve, and even before creation.

“3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. 5 He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will,” – Ephesians 1:3-5

“20 He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. 21 Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.” – 1 Peter 1:20-21

“1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that is in accordance with godliness, 2 in the hope of eternal life that God, who never lies, promised before the ages began– 3 in due time he revealed his word through the proclamation with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior,” – Titus 1:1-3

“The Garden Experiment” was planned, and so was the redemption of humanity through Christ. Interesting answers that create a new set of questions. Ponder them. Remember, faith isn’t having all the right answers, faith is trusting God when you don’t have the answers Question: Is real love possible without real free will? Didn’t God intend to create us “in God’s image” capable of giving and receiving real love? With free will those greatest of commandments to “Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength” and “to love your neighbor as yourself” make sense.

Shalom,

Pastor Rob Nystrom