What special act of providence did God exercise toward man in the estate wherein he was created?

When God had created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him, upon condition of perfect obedience; forbidding him to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, upon the pain of death.[1]

Moses wrote that the man who practices the righteousness based on law shall live by that righteousness.[2]Therefore, the covenant of grace is not like the first covenant which was based on perfect obedience, the law is not of faith, for he who practices the law shall live by the law.[3]

God told the man, after creating him, and placing him in the garden, to cultivate it and keep it, that he could eat from any tree in the garden, except from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God warned the man, that in the day that he ate from it, he would certainly die.[4]



[1] The Shorter Catechism, 12.

[2] Romans 10:5.

[3] Galatians 3:12.

[4] Genesis 2:17.