Chapter 5 is a brief and insightful discussion of the Fall and the protoevangelium. Myers persuasively argues that Adam was with Eve at the temptation and sinned knowingly (rather than being deceived, as Eve was) (Gen 3:6; 1 Tim 2:14). Myers notes that since a covenant is relational, Adam’s violation of the covenant of works was essentially a rejection of his relationship with God.
Myers then turns to Genesis 3:15. He points out that by sinning mankind had united with Satan in enmity against God. But in declaring enmity between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent, God was promising to turn the hearts of some humans so that their enmity would be turned from God to Satan.
Myers further argues that the Seed of the woman who defeats Satan is the Messiah. Thus, salvation is from this point on rooted in faith in God’s promise of the Messiah who will bring salvation.
Myers thinks that the continuity of the seed promise from Genesis to Revelation demonstrates the unity of the covenant of grace. However, a singular plan of redemption worked out through a series of covenants would also account for the data.