Monday, January 14, 2019
Paradise Lost and Adam’s response to the Gospel
That all this darling of evil shall produce, 470 And evil turn to good much wonderful Then that which by creation first brought fore Light out of darkness full of doubt I stand, Whether I should repent me in a flash of sin By mee done and occasiond, or reJoyce 475 lots more, that much more good thereof shall spring, To God more glory, more good will to Men From God, and over wrauth grace shall abound. (Milton, 12. 469-477) The transition in a higher place is about Adam responding to Gabriels message about the Gospel.Gabriel has Just told Adam the spirit level of how through Adam and Eves mistake the Nazarene overcame sin. But to the Cross he nailes thy Enemies, and Shall bruise the head of Satan, crush his strength (Milton, 12. 430,415). The tidings of Jesus gracious mastery over sin and conclusion overwhelms Adam. He responds in lines 471-472 by axiom that the post- fallen world (with Jesus) is greater than the pre-fallen world in the Garden of Eden. Adam is basically saying he does not feel as bad for the fall ecause of the good that will spring (line 476) forth from it.I think this passage is real neat and speaks a whole lot to the work of Jesus in my life. So much evil has come from the fall, and sometimes I learn myself, if God is all- knowing, then why did he make humans when he knew that we would fall? The whole verse has helped me understand that why. Specifically the passage higher up ultimately, more good has come through Jesus, than bad has from sin and death This takes some weight off my shoulders whenever I sin and fall short.I now see that Gods grace and love is more powerful than anything bad that I can do. Jesus had slain sin and death, and I am triumphal through Him. Even seeing Adams cheerfulness after the good news makes me see the fall of humankind differently it reminds me to look at Jesus rather than at my sin. In my discussion with my friend about this passage and the poem as a whole, I learned the power of literature . This poem speaks not only about Christianity, but also about the record of beliefs.