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What we had, and lost, and can have again

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”