The Everlasting Covenant plan of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit was to create and to bring to glory a great multitude of sons who would be in Their image and likeness. Gen 1:26. God would be their Father, and they would be His sons and daughters in Christ. 2Co 6:18. This was God’s predestination for every person, which He declared before the foundation of the world. Eph 1:4-5. They were to be born of His life and, in Christ, to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Father. Those who were born of God’s life would live by love. 1Jn 4:7. This is because God is love. 1Jn 4:16. Love is the principle, or Law, of His life. Mar 12:29-31.
According to His covenant plan, God created Adam as ‘the first man ’. 1Co 15:45,47. The first man was created by Yahweh Elohim with a body, soul and spirit, and in the image and likeness of God. Gen 1:26. The first man had identity, and his name as a son of God had been written in Christ, the Father’s Seed, before the foundation of the world. In the fullness of time, every identity was to be born again as a son of God by receiving Christ into their heart, and by coming into Christ.
God said to Adam that, in the day that he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in an endeavour to live by a principle that was other than the way of life which had been appointed for him, he would die. Gen 2:17. The first man, who had eternal identity, became a carnal man when the other law was fathered in him by Satan. The other law, and the law of sin, became the controlling elements of the identity of the first man, bringing him under the dominion of Satan. Paul identified the first man, controlled by sin and the other law, as ‘the old man’. Rom 6:6.