Did Adam and Eve Repent of their Sin?

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We don’t see any clear scripture that answers this question. We don’t read that Adam and Eve repented of their sin and we also don’t read any scripture that says they didn’t.

However, we can read some passages that show us that Adam and Eve could have repented of their sins.

Initially, it is obvious that Adam and Eve did not repent. In fact, after disobeying God, they hid from God (Genesis 3:8). Instead of accepting full responsibility, Adam put the blame to Eve while Eve put the blame on the serpent (Genesis 12:13).

Did Adam and Eve repented of their sin

However, I personally believed that Adam and Eve eventually repented of their sin. Once they have seen the magnitude of the consequences of their sin, they could have felt remorse and guilt. The mere fact that they were driven out of the Garden, they could have regretted what they did.

Now, here’s where I believe lies the proof that Adam and Eve did repent. The Bible tells us that faith comes from hearing (Romans 10:17). Remember that they have a righteous son whose name was Abel (Hebrews 11:4). It would have been difficult for Abel to become righteous and faithful if he wasn’t taught by his parents.

Moreover, the fact that Abel and Cain made sacrifices means that Adam and Eve could have also continued bringing offerings and sacrifices to God.

The Bible also tells us that Adam and Eve had another son whose name is Seth and Seth begot Enosh. After the birth of Enosh, we have this recorded in the Bible:

“Then men began to call on the name of YHWH” (Genesis 4:26).

I would venture to say that Adam and Eve could be one of these men who began to call on the Eternal.

Another reason I am inclined to think that Adam and Eve repented is the fact that God is gracious, kind, and merciful. All throughout the life of Adam and Eve, God has been their Father and Provider. When Adam and Eve were driven out of the garden, God made them tunics and clothed them(Genesis 3:21).

We have also seen how God’s goodness lead to repentance. We read:

“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance” (Romans 2:4)?

To conclude, though we don’t see a direct verse that tells us whether Adam and Eve repented or not, I personally believe that they did.

This shows us that there’s always a chance for us to repent. It tells us that God is always gracious and merciful. All we need to do is repent with all our hearts and turn away from our sinful life.

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12 thoughts on “Did Adam and Eve Repent of their Sin?

  1. I think they were both saved. Most people say that Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, and the serpent didn’t have a leg to stand on. But did they both blame another, or were they just stating facts as they confessed their sin to God? Read it again. Adam said “and I did eat.” Eve said “and I did eat.” As soon as Adam confessed his sin to God, God turned to Eve. As soon as Eve confessed her sin to God, God turned to the serpent. After they admitted their failure to keep God’s commandment, God declares unto them the gospel – the good news about Christ (Gen. 3:15). There is hope of redemption through the gospel – not through man’s attempt to keep the law. There would be a man (“his”) sent from God (“I will put”) to rid Satan of his grip on the sinners (“enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed and her seed”). This savior, or redeemer, would be suffering a “heel” wound in the process of landing a crushing blow to Satan (“It -the enmity- shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel”). Two more points: I think Eve was the first to believe this promise of a savior to come, and I think Adam gave evidence of his faith (Heb. 11:1) by immediately changing her name to Eve (meaning “living”). She had been born again (was alive spiritually) through her faith, and he followed shortly thereafter. Remember, God said first that the enmity would be between the devil and “the woman.” Adam saw the change in her and called her Eve because she was the mother of all living, both physically and spiritually. She did not have any children yet, but Adam believed the promise of God that she indeed would have seed. And what comes with faith? God’s grace! (Eph. 2:8-9). Was there any grace? Yes! God made coats of skins and covered them. No longer did they need to try covering themselves. God provided the covering.


    • They did not accept it the fact that they have sin against God they were blaming each other, the man was say it’s the woman God gave to him and the woman said it’s the serpent that decieve her Read it well genesis:3:11-14,I didn’t no weather they confess their sons later but when God ask them they were there blaming each other instead of asking forgivey


    • Adam and Eve sinned, so ‘ By one mans disobedience many were made sinners ‘(Romans 5 :19) .Psalmist says _:” Behold, l was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me,( Psalms 51 : 5) “So Adam and Eve were sinners. They did not ask the parden. They only cleared the point why they ate the forbidden fruit. ‘ lt is written,’ While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us ‘(Romans 5:8). This means we were
      sinners from birth. ‘ & ‘Wages of sin is death’ Romans 6:23),Due to this reason , Adam and Eve went away from God, They have to cover, so God did that covering, and ‘To the sinner God giveth travail’ as written in (Ecclesiastes 2: 26) So God gave the punishment to Adam , to work in the field, as well as to Eve , that she will give birth to a child with pain. They both will be judged at the judgement seat of throne according to their works, as stated in (Revelation 20 :12,), it is because
      at that period there was no Law. Their judgement will not
      be according to Mosaic Law. So we now can’t say that they are forgiven.


  2. Greetings,

    If we put aside the meaningless theological rhetoric/speculation, we might ask – to what end would Adam/Eve repent? Their punishment was not rescinded. There is no reference to forgiveness and no reference to there being any benefit from such forgiveness and no reference to Adam/Eve going to Heaven. So by all means speculate, but please acknowledge that this is all it is, and please acknowledge that perhaps Adam/Eve just lived an ordinary life without God until they eventually died. rgds


    • I see a reference or two to God’s forgiveness of Adam and Eve. 1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Both Adam and the woman willingly confessed their sins to God when each said “and I did eat.” As soon as God heard each confession he moved on to the next individual. After that, God told Satan “I will put enmity between thee and the woman.” That’s the same enmity that comes between Satan and all believers who trust is this promised Messiah. I think God is declaring here that the woman will be saved. I think also that he mentions her first because she is the first person to be born again through faith. Remember, faith is a gift from God (Eph. 2:8,9). Adam is a witness to her faith, and, possibly through her conviction that God would do exactly as he promised, he also believes in this promised savior. He realizes that she was the first to have new life in Christ, so he changes her name to Eve (meaning living or life) because she was the mother of all living. But she wasn’t the mother of Adam, so he must be talking about spiritual life. And with faith comes righteousness, demonstrated by God providing coverage (of righteousness) for each of them by the shedding of blood. Yes! The scripture rings loudly that Adam and Eve were saved.


  3. Was repentance available for Adam and Eve. Since it had not been instituted by God to do so. Repentance had not been taught to them since they lived in a perfect world, and no sin was there. So how could they have known. Not sure when repentance was introduced in the Bible. Look for help. Thanks!


    • Hi Vance,

      I believe God taught a lot of things during the first seventh day. It is the Sabbath and it is a day of rest and teaching. Surely, God had revealed unto them the consequences of their actions whether they do good or evil.


    • I tried to add an article I wrote about the subject. No way to do that. So, I will attach it here.

      … Don Sowar

      (from my IPhone) Don Sowar 510-421-5784



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