Entry Level Theological Truth [18]

Cole Thomas The Garden of Eden 1828

“And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” Genesis 2:25

This verse takes us back to the idyllic time before the fall of mankind. It closes the more detailed account of God’s creation of human beings. We may look back and derive certain lessons from the first two chapters of Genesis.

  1. God created the earth good. The all too common attempts of skeptics to blame the problems of the world upon the Creator are misguided and erroneous. God made the earth beautiful, harmonious, and fashioned it to be a place where death was absolutely unknown, because sin – the root cause of death – had not yet tainted the world.
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  3. Man was placed in a situation where he could develop his abilities under divine tutelage, flourish in the work of developing the garden’s potential (and after that the entire globe), and live a meaningful life of communion with the Creator. There was no lack in the spiritual or physical resources that were put at Adam’s disposal. He was the beneficiary of divine generosity; that is, he served a beneficent God from whom every good and perfect gift flows (James 1:17).
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  5. Adam was given help and companionship in the person of Eve, a counterpart who was eminently suited to complement his work for the Lord. Not only was he provided fellowship with another being of the same kind, but he was also given the opportunity to develop leadership as the spiritual head of woman and of the family they would subsequently establish (1 Corinthians 11: 3).

 

To sum things up, God put Adam and Eve into the best situation possible and afforded them every opportunity to succeed and prosper in the world that He had made. Had they obeyed the Lord’s simple instructions, they would have spared themselves, their descendents, and the entire creation the tremendous disruption of the fall – a spiritual calamity that continues to reverberate through the millennia to this very day.

As the English poet, John Milton, described it in the title of his epic poem, it became “Paradise Lost”. Thankfully, the rest of the Bible tells the wonderful story of how God has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, engendering a redemption through the Last Adam that will one day result in an epic restoration of the creation. In fact, the Lord Jesus Christ will one day demonstrate for all the universe to see that He has gained more than Adam lost.

 

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Photo credit: Cole Thomas 1828 (public domain)

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