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Two Ways That Sin Cannot Be Dealt With

"And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden." (Genesis 3:7-8)

“And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3:7-8 KJV)

Covering It Up

After Adam and Eve had committed their act of disobedience by eating of the forbidden fruit, they immediately became aware that what they had done was wrong. As Satan had promised them, they did gain the knowledge of good and evil. Unfortunately, the first evil that they discerned was the wickedness of their own actions. Their eyes were now indeed opened, but what did they see?

They knew that they were naked. The wisdom that they had hoped to gain and the wondrous things that they had aspired to behold had now slipped away as their gaze became locked only on their own shame. Instead of the powerful, wise “gods” that they had believed they would become, they were reduced to frightened and exposed wretches. They immediately set about to try to cover up their guilt.

How many people since then have followed in their footsteps and attempted to “sew fig leaves into aprons” themselves? Rather than dealing with our sin, we so often try to cover it up. We cover it with religion, self-righteousness, and hypocrisy. Instead of confessing our sins to God, we spew out pious platitudes and “spiritual” sounding nonsense. Rather than admitting our own helplessness apart from Christ, we immerse ourselves into the business of playing the part in a desperate attempt to conceal the guilt of our own conscience.

Jesus Christ has provided a “garment” that we can wear that will truly cover our transgressions. But it is a garment that He has sewn together and washed in His own precious blood. If any person will lay aside their own “fig leaf apron”, God has a robe of righteousness that’s the perfect fit. But we have to confess our sins and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ if we are ever going to put it on.

Hiding From God

The next thing that Adam and Eve did after they had disobeyed God was to hide from Him. They heard the voice of their Creator coming toward them and, rather than running to Him and confessing their sin, they hid themselves from His presence. Don’t we tend to do the same? The first thing that so many people do when they fall into some behavior that they know God does not approve of is that they stop praying, close their Bibles, and stay away from fellowship with other believers. They hide themselves from God’s presence. Not only is it futile to try to hide yourself from an omniscient God, it is the complete opposite direction from where we need to go.

As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore. So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.” (John 6:66-68)

Sinful flesh always seeks to hide itself from a Holy God. The presence of the Holy Spirit convicts us of our own sinfulness and brings our guilt to the surface. We know in our hearts that even our fig leaf aprons cannot conceal our shame from God Almighty.

Obviously God knew the very moment that Adam and Eve sinned against Him. He would have been completely justified to show up immediately and utterly annihilate them. But He didn’t. We see Him walking toward them, not running. He came in the cool of the day, not in the heat of anger. He didn’t turn His back on them, they were the ones hiding. God was the One Who came looking for them, not the other way around. Adam and Eve had the opportunity to confess what they had done to God. Yet when God asked them about it, they merely passed the blame.

What will you do with your sin? Will you cover it up or hide yourself from God? Neither of these will work. God’s voice is calling out to you now, won’t you run to Him?

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

[This post was originally published August 23, 2009]

**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

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God Breathed Life Into Man

"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:7)

“Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7)

Human beings were created differently than any other of God’s creatures. God commanded the earth and the waters to bring forth every plant and animal, every fish and bird. But when it came time to create man, God “formed” him.

As a potter fashions clay into the shape he desires, the Lord took the dust and clay of the Earth and formed man into what He desired. Then He breathed life into his nostrils. This “breath” was the spirit of man, complete with its own will, its intellect and reason, and its capacity for morality and fellowship with his Creator. All of the things that separate man from the animals. Man was made a living soul.

With a body that was created from and tethered to this Earth, and a spirit that was breathed into him by the God of Heaven, so would the foundation be laid that would eventually become man’s struggle between that which is of the flesh and that which is of the Spirit. This dichotomy within the very nature of man would serve as the type and metaphor for the struggle within every believer as he is drawn toward the things of God in his spirit, yet pulled toward the things of Earth within his flesh.

The human body, as intricate and wonderfully made as it is, is not what defines a person. It is this spirit which God breathes into him. It is this spirit which bears the image and likeness of God. It is this spirit which died the day that Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the forbidden tree, and it is this spirit which must be “born again” if we are to ever live in the presence of God. Since the Fall of man in the Garden of Eden, people would be born with a corrupted spirit. People are not born as a “living soul”, but as a “lifeless spirit.”

When we make Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, He breathes a spirit into us that is full of life. It is an incorruptible spirit that comes from the Holy Spirit and bears the image of God. We move from spiritual death to Spiritual life and are made a new creation in Jesus Christ. When we die, our bodies return to the dust of the Earth from which they came, but our spirits return to our Heavenly Father who breathed them into us when we placed our faith in His Son.

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

[This post was originally published August 6, 2009]

**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

Light Is Separated From Darkness

"And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness." (Genesis 1:4)

“God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:4)

On the very first day of Creation, God separated light from darkness. In doing so, He set into motion the cycle of day and night that would mark the passage of time on planet Earth. Genesis 1:5 tells us that the first evening and morning were the first day.

But in separating the darkness from the light, God also forever divided that which speaks of His glory from that which speaks of His absence. Throughout the Bible, light will serve as a metaphor for the presence and glory of Almighty God while darkness will symbolize any place where He is not. God truly is omnipresent, eternally existing in all places at all times, but His manifest glory does not illuminate every dark place, particularly the darkness that people hide themselves in from His presence. God will provide the Light of His glory to anyone who will receive it, but He will force no one to walk in His Light.

In Heaven, at God’s throne, those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life shall dwell forever in the very Light that is Jesus Christ (Revelation 21:23). There will be no night there (Revelation 21:25, 22:5) nor so much as a shadow. Pure Light will shine forever, never to be extinguished. In Hell, the place of eternal banishment from the presence of God, no light shall ever enter in. Jesus described it as “outer darkness” (Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 25:30). In Hell, there will be nothing but total darkness.

It is here on Earth during this lifetime that we have the presence of darkness AND the presence of Light. The one that we choose to walk in now determines the one that we will dwell in for eternity. Let us choose to walk in the Light.

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

[This post was originally published July 12, 2009]

**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

Light Comes Into A Dark World

"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." (Genesis 1:3)

“Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3)

The very first act that the Spirit of God does when He moves upon the dark and chaotic earth is to let the light come upon it. God does not create light here to shine on the earth, rather He allows the light that is already there to reach it. This is not the Sun on the very first day of Creation, the Sun is not created until day 4. God will later set the Sun, Moon, and stars in the heavens to give light to the earth.

This first “light” on day 1 is a light that comes directly from God Himself. God is the “Father of lights” (James 1:17) Who dwells in an unapproachable Light (1 Timothy 6:16). “Light” is a symbol of the very glory of God. It is only by the Light of God that a person can truly see, lest they be doomed to darkness.

God did not need to “turn the lights on” on that very first day so that He could see what He was doing. He gave the Light for our sakes. Men commit sinful deeds by the cover of darkness and in the shadows, but when God moves, He does it in the open light.

The true Light of the world is Jesus Christ (John 8:12) Whom the Father sent so that none of us should remain in darkness. He is to be the Light of our lives. God’s first act when He moved upon this dark world was to bring light into it, He does the same thing today when He moves upon our dark lives.

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

[This post was originally published July 10, 2009]

**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

What Happens When The Spirit Of God Moves

"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." (Genesis 1:2)

“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2 KJV)

Without form. Void. Darkness. God had created the earth, but He sure wasn’t done with it yet. Here we have the earth as an empty canvas, waiting for the Spirit of God to begin “applying the paint” to it.

The words that are used to describe our planet in its initial stage are quite interesting. It was “without form”, it was “void.” It was “dark.” These terms conjure up the image of an uninhabitable chaos, a world that lacked order. The description in the original Hebrew is so dark and vivid that some have interpreted this to mean that the world must have been judged and abandoned by God sometime between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.

But isn’t this really just an appropriate description of anything before God moves upon it? The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters and brought order out of chaos. The dark, formless, void we see in verse 2 will be declared “good” in verse 31. What a beautiful picture of what happens when God gets a hold of something!

What about your life? Is your life void and without form, filled with darkness, or has the Spirit of God moved upon you?

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

[This post was originally published July 8, 2009]

**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

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