What you have here in this amazing little section is the introduction of salvation, the introduction of redemption.
Outline from Charles e. Whisnant
Here you have:
1. The true “proto” evangelism.
2. The first gospel.
3. The first promises of the gospel unfolded, the plan of salvation.
And here is the point: Adam had been lied by the serpent, and so had Eve, and they now knew it. They knew it because they expected to be like God. And instead, they were unlike God.
Instead of entering into some new level of relationship to God, they were totally cut off from God. They knew well now, that the devil was a liar, and they wanted him crushed and they wanted to be delivered.
BETWEEN THE CURSE THAT ENDS IN 3:19 AND THE NAMING OF EVE IN V 20 ADAM BECAME A BELIEVER IN GOD.
It is essential to understand here that Adam is exercising faith. The woman will have a son, and that son will triumph over Satan. And that Son will restore paradise, and that Son will rescue the lost. He didn’t doubt God’s promise. Just like Abraham did.
1. Adam couldn’t see it. Eve was the mother of absolutely nobody. But he believed that out of her would come a Savior to destroy Satan and rescue man from the devil’s tyranny. He believed it.
Adam named the woman “EVE”. And Eve accepted the name, they were exercising faith. Hebrews 11:1, and 2:11.
- And faith can’t really exist without repentance. Inbuilt in Adam’s faith was repentance.
- If you say you believe God, you have to say you no longer believe Satan.
- Adam was saying, I need a deliverer, I need a rescuer, I need someone to come and crush the serpent’s head, and I need someone to come and rescue me from the tempter.
- Repentance involved for Adam a dramatic change. His attitude toward Satan changed as much as his attitude toward God.
- Adam was no longer seduced and deceived by Satan.