What we had, and lost, and can have again

September 8, 2018

           

                    Lessons from the Garden of Eden
                                    Text: Genesis 1-3

 

                        What we had… (who we were)

                                    Five Characteristics of Humanity in the Garden

                                       Physical life                          Gen. 2:21-23, 3:23, I Cor. 14:7

                                       Spiritual life                         Gen. 2:7, 2 Cor. 4:16

                                    `  Significance                          Gen. 1:26-28, Psm. 8:4-8

                                       Safety / Security                   Gen. 1:29, Phil. 4:19

                                       Social Satisfaction                Gen. 2:18

 

                        Original Creation

                                    Body      Mind     Will     Spirit      Emotions

                              We were physically alive - with body in union with spirit

                              We were spiritually alive – with spirit in union with God

 

                        What we lost…

                                    The Results of the Fall
                                       Physical life of suffering           Gen. 3:14-19
                                       Spiritual death                         Gen. 2:17, Rom. 5:12

                                       Lost knowledge of God            Gen. 3:7-8, Eph.4:17-18

                                       Loss of innocence                    Gen. 3:10, 4:5-7

                                       Loss of peace

                                                Loss of acceptance          Gen. 2:18, Isaiah 59:1-2

                                                Loss of security               Gen. 2:10, Ezra 9:7

                                                Loss of significance         Rom. 6:19, Gal. 5:22-23     

 

                        Fallen Creation
                           Spiritually dead

                              A Corrupt mind – loss of the knowledge of God

                                    Ignorance & deception

                               A depraved will – loss of innocence

                                    The elevation of self

                              Emotional dysfunction – loss of peace

                                    Fear, anxiety, depression, anger & shame
 

                          What we can have again…

                             The offer of life “in Christ”           

                                    Physical life  (redeemed)           Rom. 6:13, 8:18-23, 12:1

                                    Spiritual life  (restored)             John 20:31, 1 John 5:20

                                    Acceptance “in Christ”               1 Peter 2:9, Rom. 15:7

                                    Security “in Christ”                    John 10:28-29, Eph. 1:13-14

                                    Significance “in Christ”             John 1:12-13, 1 John 3:1-2

 

                        Life “in Christ”

                              We are spiritually alive – our spirit in union with God

                                    We are given the mind of Christ          1 Cor. 2:16, Rom. 12:2

                                    We are given the Spirit to produce the fruit of the Spirit

                                                                                                Gal. 5:22-23

                                    We are given the Spirit of God to help us do the will of God 

                                                                                                Gal. 5:16

 

                        JESUS offers us:

                                    Acceptance

                                    Affirmation of worth

                                    Eternal significance

                                    Relational belonging

 

                                     (all free, but for a limited time)

                                   

                        2 Cor. 6:2 “… now is the accepted time;
                                  behold, now is the day of salvation.”

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