Summary: Allowing God to live within you
From dates beyond our reach, it has been the longing, the yearning and the desire of God to reside and abide with mankind. He created man as a companion, a son to Him; someone to spend time with him.
How marvelous it must of have been, how joyful to the heart it had to have been for both the creator (God) and the creation (Adam), to walk have together in the cool of the day.
Imagine with me the wonders God must of have shared with Adam; the things they must have talked about! The conversation they must of have shared and the great communication that they had with each other. Because you got to see that there is no way that God would be walking with us, and not be talking and communicating with us.
Let’s think about this; how mankind was once holy, consecrated, hallowed, sanctified and sacred, only belonging to God. God was man’s and man was God’s. God belong to
man, and man belong to God.
Things were perfect, it was so perfect that even Adam was created in the image of God, and so were we. It was beautiful. It was perfect. Until, somebody say UNTIL, until sin came into the world.
When sin show up everything changed.
When sin showed up things were altered, things were different, and they were transformed.
When man sinned, the Holy Communion God had shared with man was cut off.
The relationship was now tainted, contaminated, polluted, spoiled, and soiled. I need you all to see how bad this really was. The relationship was infected, dirtied, fouled up, mess-up, corrupted, defiled and blemished. The relationship Adam had with the Holy God had ended. How heartbreaking it must to have been for God to see, His beloved creation fall into the hands of sin, all because man was hard headed.
I need you all not to underestimate the wickedness of sin. Sin is a cursed thing. It is intolerable to the character of God. It is a filthy plague, a disease that ends in death, and it cuts us off from the presence of God.
Do not underestimate the wickedness of sin. Because one solitary sin, one violation of God’s holy command changed the pure, holy, sinless nature of man into something carnal, fleshly, and sinful.
Because before man sinned, things were perfect:
Before man sinned, the bear was lying down with the sheep
The wolf was playing with the cows
Before man sinned Tom was still playing with Jerry
Wiley Coyote was still playing with the Road Runner
But when man sinned everything changed including the relationship between God and man. When man sinned,
the dogs started chasing the cats. When man sinned the foxes started chasing the rabbits, when man sinned, relationships went sour, love turned into hate, patience turned into impatiences, and peace turned into war.
Can I tell you that things changed, even the Prophet Jeremiah said it like this in Jeremiah 17:9. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:
Paul said in Romans 3:11, As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. Verse 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Verse 13 says, “Their throat is an open sepulcher; a grave, a crypt, a mausoleum. With their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of vipers is under their lips: 14 says Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 dosen’t get any better it says. Destruction and misery are in their ways”, and 17 says” And the way of peace have they not known”, and finally 18 says “There is no fear of God before their eyes”.
All because of the terrible nature of sin, mankind could no longer dwell in the presence of God, and God could no longer dwell with man. But wait a minute pastor you are talking about all of these people that walked and talk with God, but John said, No man hath seen God at any time. Yet, throughout the Old Testament, men made the claim of having seen God.
Well we know that Adam walked with God. And Abraham sat down to dinner with God. Jacob wrestled with God, and he saw His face. The elders of Israel saw God sitting on His throne. Isaiah saw The Lord, high and lifted up. And yet John said no man has seen God at any time. Jesus said God is a spirit. He also said spirits do not have flesh and blood. So, what’s up with that?
What we have to understand about John is that John didn’t have the material that we have, John didn’t have all of the manual scripts, books, and the records that we have, so John was speaking from his own experiences.