The Salvation Of Adam
Adam was a believer. One day, the believers of all the ages will be able to meet him in glory.
To set this up, first consider that “in the day that” (Genesis 2:17) is too blunt a reference of time to allow the reader to say that Adam died not necessarily "in the day" but rather sooner than he otherwise would have - if he otherwise would have died at all. When he did die, he died at God’s appointed time. Though I suppose it was possibly God’s initial plan, perhaps implied in Genesis 3:22, there is little to lead me to think Adam would otherwise have lived forever.
“You shall surely die (Genesis 2:17)” leaves no wiggle room. A physical bodily death was declared. It cannot be downplayed into a spiritual death that leaves no way to confirm whether God’s word is true. Adam was served notice from God that if he disobeyed God on that particular command, then the consequence would be immediate physical death.
Adam's declared his testimony of faith when he named the woman Eve (Genesis 3:20). When Abraham later believed the Lord, God imputed onto him the status of righteous (Genesis 15:6). Similarly, when “Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living,” Adam was declaring that he believed God - more than it at first appears. To see this, let us first observe that Adam was directly responding to God’s pronouncement of the curse (Genesis 3:13-19).
Starting in verse 13, God very sternly pronounced a curse upon the serpent. Then he pronounced a curse against the woman. Then he pronounced a curse against the man. Finally, he pronounced a curse upon the whole earth. How would you have responded to those four curses if you had been Adam? Does he seem disconnected from the consequences pronounced on him and everything around him that his first action after God had finished would be, “I suppose I’ll give the woman a name now”? Why didn’t he plead with God for mercy? Why didn't He go into immediate mourning? When God has alerted me, "You will surely die," there are several things I might have done in response. Giving the woman a name would be low on my priority list.
The reason he didn’t plead for mercy is because he already found mercy in God’s curse of the woman. God mentioned “her [the woman’s] seed (Genesis 3:15)." It was a fleeting reference, but it was absolutely certain that God said the woman will have seed. Adam knew the rule: “In the day you eat thereof, you shall surely die.” Adam ate thereof, and he knew that God had found out. He was bracing to die.
“Her seed” may have been the last two words Adam actually heard regarding the curse. The woman has seed! If the woman has seed, then the man must live to bear the seed; the curse of death is lifted, and I have been redeemed. Since God knew about Adam’s disobedience, and was promising the woman seed nonetheless, her name ought to reflect life itself, and the perfect name for her will be the word “life.” “Chava.” For she was anointed of God to be the mother of all human life.
So what Adam did was a perfectly rational response. Adam was in no way disconnected from reality. In Genesis 3:20, Adam demonstrated to God that he believed what God had just said. By giving the woman a name that means “life,” Adam demonstrated his faith through his works.
Adam has a place in eternity with God secured in his name.