When Adam and Eve committed the first sin known to the human race, the outlook for them or any descendants was hopeless.  They had chosen to believe Satan ‘s lie that they would not die if they sinned.  When God confronted them, they already bore the guilt and shame and fear that sin brings.  Was there a future for them?  What of God’s command to be fruitful and multiply?  But God’s first words to them declared that His creation would continue. This news was the first expression of the gospel in scripture.  Satan would be defeated, Eve would have offspring, and her offspring in the person of Jesus and His church would be victorious forever.  Through this gospel humanity has always had hope.