T H E P O W E R O F T H E C R O S S  19 God does not accept defeat, nor does he tolerate failure, and nothing surprises God. That is the reason why the Almighty does not panic when everything goes wrong and evil things happen. It is ironic, but God knew what Adam and Eve were going to do before he even started his work on the first day of his creation. He knew they would sin against him, and he knew their tres- pass could destroy his entire world. Therefore, God had a plan to correct all of that. His plan was to abolish the consequence of Adam’s trespass and restore the world back to its original beauty and glory, offering eternal life and much more to all who had been threatened with death because of Adam’s transgression. Part of “much more” was that the new world of God (that is, God’s New Jerusalem, which is the church) would be continually and perfectly protected from sin and all defilement by the blood of Jesus’ cross forever (Matthew 16:18). God accomplished his plan of salvation in a righteous and holy way by taking the full responsibility for Adam’s transgression upon himself and paying for it in full. No sin was overlooked or just forgotten; every sin was punished and paid for by Jesus and his cross. We owed a debt we could not pay; he paid the debt he did not owe. God made that payment himself when he offered up his only begotten Son, who is Jesus, to be crucified on the cross that took away the sin of the world. God’s plan was to restore the old world, which stood condemned because of sin and death, and make it into a new world. That new world is called the kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven, the New Jerusalem, the City of the Living God, Mount Zion, or the church (Hebrews 12:22–24). Instead of trying to repair this evil world, I suppose it might have been easier for God to annihilate it and create another one that was perfect. However, for God that would have been a failure, and God does not tolerate failure, nor does he ever fail. That’s why God’s plan was to restore the old world he originally created back to its original glory and perfection—and he called his new world the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:10), the kingdom of