Was Adam Deceived?

And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.

(1 Timothy 2:14)

Adam wasn’t deceived? That doesn’t make sense! Doesn’t this contradict everything that Paul says in Romans 5 about how it was Adam’s sin that caused death to reign on the earth? If he wasn’t deceived, then what’s that about? The only way to get a clear picture of what happened is to go back to Genesis and figure out what really happened.

In my last blog post, I went over the story of how the serpent enticed Eve to eat the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil so I won’t go into much detail on that part of the story. The verse I’d like to focus on today is Genesis 3:6.

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

(Genesis 3:6)


Adam was with Eve when this all went down? Why didn’t he do anything to stop her? Unfortunately, Genesis doesn’t go into much detail on what Adam was doing while the serpent was persuading Eve to do this; we can only try to fill in the blanks about what happened. Maybe he was trying to get her out of the situation, but the serpent had her so focused that she couldn’t hear reason. It’s the same thing that happens to us when we allow sin to trap us. All reason goes out the window and it’s difficult to hear what God or anyone else has to say about it.

Despite what Adam may or may not have been doing throughout the conversation between the serpent and Eve, the one thing we do know is he decided to eat the fruit along with her. But why would he do such a thing?

In Eden – Part I, I explained how we can come to the conclusion that God only gave Adam the command to not eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil because Eve hadn’t even been created when this command took place. Eve was so easily deceived because she only had second-hand revelation of God’s word.

Because God only gave Adam the command, I believe he was the only one who held the fate of the world in his hands. When someone other than Adam ate the fruit, only they would suffer the consequences, but mankind’s status with God would not be impacted.

The serpent knew that he would not be able to deter Adam so he had to take another route. By deceiving Eve to eat of the fruit, the perfect union Adam had with his wife was destroyed. Now she was forever cut off from a relationship with God and Adam. Adam wasn’t deceived by the enemy, he was driven by his love for his bride. He couldn’t bare to live all of eternity separated from Eve and was willing to go to extreme measures to regain that relationship—he was even willing to die. This entire scenario was a picture of how God is moved by His love for us.

The Bible calls us the bride of Christ. When Adam made the decision to eat the fruit, we were all separated from our perfect union with God. Then, driven by love, God was prepared to do whatever it took to regain that relationship—He was even willing to die.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16). Jesus wasn’t tricked into going to the cross. He didn’t lose to the enemy. He made a decision to do the unthinkable to regain a relationship with His bride.

Everything God has ever done has been motivated by love. All of creation is evidence of God’s love for you. He’s not angry with you about the circumstances you’ve created; He has always been in desperate pursuit of regaining that perfect union. Your only responsibility is to accept it.

Clint Zeller