The Bible indicates God has a government. Read Psalm 103:19. It is a recognised fact that intelligent human beings cannot live together in peace without a law acceptable to all.
1. Upon what principle are the laws of God’s government based?
“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.” Psalm 89:14.
2. How does Paul describe God’s law?
“Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.”Romans 7:12
3. Who gave God’s law to man?
“And God spoke all these words,saying” Exodus 20:1. Then follow the Ten Commandments in Verses3-17.
4. Where did God write His law?
“And the Lord spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of the words, but saw no form; you only heard a voice. So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.”Deuteronomy 4:12, 13. Read Nehemiah 9:13; Exodus 31:18.
5. Was God’s law known by Adam?
Speaking of Israel the prophet Hosea says, “But like men they transgressed the covenant; There they dealt treacherously with Me.” Hosea 6:7. So Israel, “like Adam” (margin) “transgressed the covenant.”
NOTE: Since Paul mentions in Romans 7:7 that he would not have “known sin, but by the law” the same principle holds true with Adam. There would have been no sin on Adam’s part without a knowledge of law. “For by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20.
6. What other evidence is there that God’s law existed and was known before Mount Sinai?
“…by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, …” Romans 5:19.
NOTE: There could have been no disobedience in Eden by Adam without a revelation of God’s law. According to 1 John 3:4 sin is the breaking of or disobedienc e to God’s law. Since it is true as Paul says that “by man came death” and “in Adam all die” 1 Corinthians 15:21, 22 God’s law was in existence in the Garden of Eden.
7. How then was man aware of God’s law?
“Who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them.” Romans 2:15
NOTE: In the creation God wrote the law in man’s heart and for that reason it is referred to as the law of nature in Romans 2:14.
8. Who broke God’s law even before Adam?
“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning.” 1 John 3:8, first part. Also 2 Peter 2:4 speaks of “the angels that sinned.”
God created no one in sin. All God’s creation was sinless. However, they were all beings with the power of choice. Ezekiel speaks of Satan,using the figure of the “King of Tyre” and says of him, “You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.” Ezekiel 28:15. Jesus said of the devil that he “does not stand in the truth.” John 8:44. So before disobedience there was obedience and if obedience then God’s law was known.