Perfect Fellowship : Lesson 1 : The Garden of Eden

Paul teaches in Romans 1:19-20: What may be known about God is plain because God makes it plain. Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities –His eternal power and Divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.” Basically, Paul is saying that our physical creation explains or makes clear the spiritual nature of things in the realm of God.

The Garden of Eden

Let us now look at God’s creation and establish some important points.  In the beginning God created the heavens, earth, and man. Man was created out of the image and likeness of God and given dominion. (Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and thebirds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”  God giving man dominion over the earth is similar to the sovereignty the Father has given Jesus Christ. The prophet Daniel supports this with his vision in Daniel 7:13-14 I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought him near before him.  And there was given him (Son of Man=Jesus) dominon, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominon, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Notice the pattern. Also keep in mind Adam was  in a perfect state when God gave him dominion.

God established a garden known as Eden which was set specifically aside for man. Then God said to man in Genesis 1:29 : “I give you every seed bearing plant on the face of the earth and every tree tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food…I give every green plant for food and it was so.” In verse 31 it reads: “God saw all that he made and it was good…” This text really reads that God saw all that he made was beneficial for man whom he created it for. But God didn’t stop there. When you move on to Genesis chapter 2, verse 12 indicates He created rivers which passed areas that were rich in gold, pearls, & onyx (precious stones of value). This is indicative of abundance and prosperity. There was no need for the exchange of things (monetary system) so why would God endow man with such precious things? They were gifts. The underlined text above clues you in to God not limiting what man can have to the Garden of Eden. They were welcome to anything on the face of the earth.

The Garden of Eden is a physical picture of PERFECT FELLOWSHIP with God. How do we establish that Eden is indicative of perfect fellowship with God? The word garden denotes a planned space for plants, flowers, and other greenery to grow. Key word a planned space or a space set aside for a specific purpose. In the Garden of Eden, God created beneficial food to eat & enjoy.  Anyone who has ever had fruit in season knows man enjoyed what they ate. Everything that man could possibly need was in this place for Adam and his wife (She was not named until she fell from grace). Everything was created in a perfect state including man. There fore the relationship between man and God would be perfect as it is with Jesus and The Father.

In Genesis 2:25 the text says that Adam and his wife were both naked but were unashamed. Their nakedness demonstrates their purity and innocence in their relationship with God. There is transparency between man and God. Nothing is hidden, there is no falsity present in this relationship.

After woman was tempted in Genesis 3:8 it states Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the Garden in the cool of the day…” The fact that they heard God walking in the Garden should demonstrate that man was able to have face to face fellowship with God prior to their expulsion. After the expulsion in Exodus, Moses who was a friend of God requested to see him. God’s response:You can not see my face, for no man can see me and live.” Exodus 33:20. When Adam and his wife sinned it defiled the purity in their nature. This was the reason they hid and covered themselves. Now that their spiritual nature was corrupt because of sin, they could no longer dwell in the presence of God and were expelled from his presence in the Garden. In the New Testament John is quoted saying:No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son (Jesus), who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, made Him known.”  John 1:18. Notice Jesus has the closest relationship with the Father and has seen Him. Jesus was without sin and was able to fulfill the law and become the curse for us because his spiritual nature was never defiled. 1 Corinthians 15:45 “The scripture tells us, ‘The first man Adam became a living person.” But the last Adam — that is Christ — is a life giving spirit.”

The expulsion from the Garden represented the broken relationship between man and God. Man had in a sense by listening to serpent and eating the fruit that promised to make him like the gods declared his independence from God at an attempt to become like God. Had woman thought through was the serpent was telling her, she would have told the serpent, she was already like God because she was made in His image and likeness. He breathed his breath into Adam and since she came from Adam has the same nature. Now that man had been expelled from the Garden, God’s presence would be externalized and temporary. Please see Lesson 2 of this series to continue on this journey with how God plans to re-establish Perfect Fellowship with us.

 

Perfect Fellowship: Lesson 2: The Presence of God Externalized available April 11, 2012

 

Loving you always,

ERIN SIMON
INSPIRED, INSPIRIT MINISTRIES
LESSON: PERFECT FELLOWSHIP
 
 
 
 
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