Friday, July 29, 2016

Expelled from the Garden

22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
Genesis 3:22-24, NKJV

Expelled from the Garden

Genesis 3 concludes with a very sad commentary. Now that sin has entered into the heart of man, and he now knew evil as well as good, it was necessary to permanently remove him from the Garden of Eden. God said, Lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever, He must be expelled from the Garden of Eden. Think about that. If Adam and Eve had eaten of the tree of life, all men--including wicked men--would live forever. The resulting chaos would be unimaginable.

Yet God, in His great mercy and grace, drove Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden so that they would never again be able to get to the tree of life. God placed a flaming sword which turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.

Why have we never found the Garden of Eden or the tree of life? God in His great mercy has hidden the way from all mankind. Yet, also in His great love and mercy, God has provided a way so that man could, again, return to God.

First hinted at in Genesis 3:15, and then later expanded throughout the Old Testament, a Redeemer would come who would save mankind from their sins. Left to ourselves, we are forever tainted with sin. There is no possible way for us to return to God. Yet, a Redeemer would come who would open the door for all. Even the Old Testament believers came to God through Christ. Though Christ had not yet come, His death and resurrection would be applied to all believers from the beginning to the end of time.

With such a great opportunity, why do not more people come to Christ? The New Testament clearly shows that the Lord Jesus Christ was, indeed, the Messiah. He was the Door, the Light of the World, and the Bread of Life. In Him, a way was opened to allow access to God, Himself.

Yet, Satan, who first deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden, continues to seek to condemn mankind. Is he effective? Oh yes! Left to ourselves, we are perfectly content to embrace all of the values of this world. Left to ourselves, we think of God as being too severe, too unloving, and too unkind. 

When God, however, through the Holy Spirit, opens our hearts and minds to understand, we fall before Christ in gratefulness for the great  salvation He has provided for us. It is not necessary for us to remain under condemnation, for through Christ, we are brought into the very throne room of God. His perfect and righteous blood has been applied to us so that instead of seeing our sin, God sees the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

As believers in this world, because our sin natures remain, we will always struggle with sin. But, when we enter the courts of heaven, our sins will be gone forever--buried in the depths of the deepest sea!

Go to Christ. He alone is the way, the truth, and the life. In Him, alone, is life eternal!

God Bless You,


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