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God’s Graciousness in Dealing with Adam’s Descendants

I was in a meeting in a town in Texas, and there happened to be in the audience a United States Senator. After hearing me preach, he asked me home with him. He says:

“If you will make one point clear to me, I am ready to accept the Christian religion.”

“Well,” I said, “what point is it?”

“I can’t see the propriety of Jesus Christ dying for me – this idea of substitution, of the innocent suffering for the guilty. I know what the Bible says about it, but somehow or other my mind revolts at that. I do not understand the propriety of it.”

I told him if he would come to hear me I would preach a sermon on that. He said:

“If you make it plain, that very minute I will accept Jesus Christ as my Savior immediately as I remain in my seat.”

I told him that God made angels first, each angel full grown with mature intelligence, without father or mother, without posterity, without brothers or sisters; hence, there being no hereditary bias or room for any other being, nothing concerning posterity to deflect the mind, the angel that sinned could not possibly be restored. It would be improper to introduce a substitute for a sinning angel. But if God made a race in one, the race standing in that progenitor, subject to all the laws of heredity and to be swayed by the action of the ancestor, and if you and I yet unborn died in Adam, there is a propriety that a way of redemption for us should be provided in a Second Adam, a propriety that does not exist at all in the case of an angel, and, as in the case of that first Adam, all died by his one offense, so we are to be saved by the second transaction, through the Second Adam. When I got through, the Senator came up and offered himself for membership. (I refer to Senator Sam Bell Maxey.) He has ever since been a faithful member of the church of Jesus Christ.

B. H. Carroll—Man’s Creation, Fall, and Redemption

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