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It seems that the Trinity would still exist as three Persons because of the community within God represented in the creation account. But would we think of that second Member of the Trinity (the Word…Who was “in the beginning with God”) as the Son of God if we did not need redemption?
In addition, as Jesus promised to send “the Helper,” who the Bible also calls the “Holy Spirit,” would we see Him also as a distinct member of the Godhead if Jesus did not send Him?
In regards to your original question, “would we still need Jesus?” it seems that Adam’s walking in the garden with God was working out pretty well.
But isn’t it such a strange thought to not have a human and divine Redeemer?
Questions that are impossible to answer, and also that are somewhat irrelevant because we do need redemption, but I was asking the same question last week, so I had to jump in. Thanks for your ministry!
Jesus is an interesting prototype for us… for Adam before us. For if Jesus had to learn obedience and perfection (Heb 2, 5), then we know that these terms are not necessarily related to sinfulness.
Kings are for leading. And, in our world, that includes punishment and enforcement, but that is not the bulk of leadership. In fact, it is only a small part of it.
For I think the King, whether in today’s state of affairs or in Eden’s would teach us perfection. And even through suffering (I don’t think all suffering is a result of sin.)
We would grow and continue to grow to this day.
We would worship.
Our work and creativity would develop.
We would increase in knowledge and understanding. We would be wiser. We would learn love.
In short, we would experience the king now what we will experience from him in the future, when an Eden-like world of purity returns, a king radiating from Israel for this is how he wants to be known to the whole world.
If Messiah can only rule because of sin, then in the New Earth we may well see him yawning and playing monopoly with God the Father, wishing the cross and resurrection and promise were not so efficacious.
Yes, I think there is plenty of room for us to grow and unfold the potential of (new) creation even in a sinless world …
And yes, I think the second Adam, the express image of God’s person, our prophet, priest and king is a great person to lead us in that, radiating from Zion …
And no, that will not likely happen without effort as his servants serve him, perhaps in some sense that entails suffering or fatigue?, as you suggest. But thankfully we will also be learning to keep the shabbat wholly with our God, bringing whatever needed rest and rejuvenation is appropriate to our minds and bodies.