“You Shall Surely Die”?

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I’m reading through the first volume of Abraham Kuyper’s writings on Common Grace: God’s Gifts for a Fallen World (Lexham Press, 2016), and thoroughly enjoying that project. The whole volume has been full of great insights, and here I want to summarize part of his chapter in that volume entitled “You Shall Surely Die”.

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Kuyper is in the midst of extended reflections on what happened in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve fell into sin, and what that means for the way in which the world relates to God. Because Adam and Eve clearly did not physically die the same day that they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he points out that the expression “in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen 2:17, ESV) is usually taken to mean that “the seed of physical death was implanted…

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