Death is the expiry of the soul. God created man never to die but that’s not the case as we see. How did death come about? Romans 6:23 King James Version (KJV) - For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Sin caused death. And what is sin? Sin is the transgression of the law. 1 John 3:4 King James Version (KJV) - Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Romans 5:13 King James Version (KJV) - (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. In other words, sin has always been there but sin is dead where there is no law. The law therefore is the reason for the revival of sin. In Genesis 1 – the creation story begins with chaos or lawlessness. Darkness is upon the face of the deep. But God or The Spirit is in the middle of all these and moving above or on the surface of the waters. And when he speaks the order of creation begins and this is the establishment of the law…..order out of chaos.
Man is the only creature in nature that exercises judgement between good and evil because God created man in His image and after His likeness thus making man responsible for his actions. Adam and Eve had a choice to make, either to keep law or not. And as long as they kept away from the tree of knowledge of good and evil as commanded they had access to the tree of life and continued fellowship with God. Their time would’ve endured forever. However, they transgressed the law (sinned) and death was the wage thereof. Through Adam’s transgression chaos returned and God’s order was under threat. It’s this constant taking away of the moral resolute that brought God’s judgement on the antediluvian world. God started again with Noah’s family – a righteous man. From Noah to Abraham; and to Moses through to Christ Jesus, the story of grace is told through their experiences. Grace through Christ Jesus is the reason why we are still here. God is not willing that any should perish so he suffers long with all men and women thus giving each one an opportunity to turn from wickedness to rightiousness.
The law denotes the character of God and therefore the character of man seeing He created man in His image. Although man is aware of his responsibility through the knowledge of the law, he lost his ability to keep it and therefore needed grace. God called Abraham by grace and taught him out of His law:
Psalm 25:8 King James Version (KJV) - Good and upright is the Lord: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. In other words, God made him acceptable and perfect without Abraham’s contribution. The Lord perfected him spirit, soul and body through His work of grace and quickened him by His Spirit or strengthened him to keep the law.
….BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD…
Like Abraham, we are called and God does all the work. The only requirement is to believe. And Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto him for righteousness (Rom 4:3). Abraham would never have boasted of any contribution he made to be saved. Romans 3:27 King James Version (KJV) - Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
God rejected Ishmael not because He rejects people. God is love and that’s why He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have eternal life – (John 3:16). The rejection of Ishmael is an allegory: Ishmael represents Abraham’s works of the flesh, therefore God rejected his works. Remember God had promised him a son and God told him specifically that Sarah would be the mother of the son of promise. Ishmael was born of a slave girl and therefore a child of the flesh. God didn’t need Abraham’s help and this is exactly our position. God doesn’t need your or my help. And He certainly doesn’t need our good works as a contribution or means to salvation. As it’s written, Gen 21:12 …for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. The one thing God requires as a condition for our salvation is faith. Acts 16:31 - Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
I’m sure I’ll be in heaven because through faith alone in Christ’s blood, I have obtained mercy and grace, and forgiveness. Galatians 2:20 King James Version (KJV) - I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.