To some, this topic may seem inconsequential, but others know it is a major topic in YE and OE creationist debates. I listened again, to Matt Holst’s recent (GPTS Conference) lecture and was pleased with the presentation. He added light to the discussion. Below is a brief outline of what I picked up from the lecture (any missing elements are my error):

I. Biblical Definition of Life
a. God is the source of Life
b. Life in creation, has it’s source in God.
c. Life is good, is very good.
d. Goodness is an aspect of God’s character (we do not define goodness, but God does).
e. Structure and substance of life (3 things: breath of life, life found in the blood, flesh)

If life and goodness is that which God communicates of himself to his creation, can we conceive of death being a part of the same creation. Death is utterly contrary/opposed to Life. Death, at the point of creation, is opposed to the character of God.

II. Federal Headship of Adam (and his relation to creation)
a. Adam is the representative for his posterity, and the representative for the whole of creation
b. Adam is the representative for the whole of creation.

If Adam was created with life, what he represented, must have been created with life.

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away…There will no longer be any curse” (Rev. 21:3-4; 22:3)

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