Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
The fact that Old Testament characters are “types” that teach and point to something spiritually greater than themselves is not something made up at seminaries; we can see from Scripture that this is one of the ways God teaches us. Adam is a “type” of Christ. There is something to be learned about the Messiah in what Scripture reveals concerning Adam.
Man begins life as God’s creation, living in a garden, fellowshipping with God, and failing to resist the temptations introduced by Satan. In the Garden of Gethsemane Christ will fellowship with God, resist all temptation, and provide man the means to become a recreation of God through Him. In the final garden of paradise revealed in Revelation, man will fellowship with God forever as His new creation with Satan completely eliminated. The interesting thing about this is that the Tree of Life is present in all 3 gardens! What begins here in Eden will be continually referenced in one way or another throughout the rest of Scripture and mankind’s history.