Summary: Adam and Eve were not the finished product. What was God’s intention for them?
Role of the Trinity in the Redemption Process – 6 – Jesus our Life - Christ the Personalizing Person
In Genesis 1:31 (NKJV) we are told, 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.
• It was very good, but not perfect. Why not?
• Man although “very good” still had the capacity to sin
• What we can conclude from this is that Adam and Eve were not the finished product
• God had created our forefathers with free will so we could choose for ourselves but when you introduce freewill you also introduce uncertainty
• Because you relinquish control – you can put the actors on the stage and give them a script, but there is no guarantee they will follow the script
• Yul Brunner in the “King and I” in Hollywood
• He forgot the script and started making it up
• In his case it was harmless, but with Adam and Eve the implications had far reaching consequences
• They abandoned the script. Instead of following God’s script and eating of the Tree of Life, they made up their own lines and took of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
• So now they went from being “very good” to being “very bad”
But it begs the question, “What was God’s intention for man to become?
• We know His original intention was to make man in His Image, but what image is that
• Well we get an indication in Leviticus 19:2 (NKJV) 2 “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
• Peter too picks up on this theme in 1 Peter 1:15-16 (NKJV) 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
• And in Matt we read Jesus’ seemingly unattainable statement, Matthew 5:48 (NKJV) 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
• God intention for man was not just to be “very good” but to become perfect as He is perfect
Let me ask you this question. Is anyone here not ready to admit they are not the man or women they ought to be?
• We are all painfully aware we are not the men or women God intended us to be
• Why is that? Why is mankind constantly striving to better himself? Why is there this huge gulf between what we would like to be and what we are in reality?
• It is because of this discrepancy between what God intended us to be (Holy and in His Image) and what we are in our fallen state as human beings
• The residue of God’s original intention still resides in us – we want to be like God
• Humanity is constantly vying to become like God
• What was Satan’s original enticement to Adam and Eve – “You will be like God”
• It was this same naked ambition that led to Lucifer’s deranged attempt to overthrow God’s from His throne
• Isaiah 14:13-14 (NKJV)For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’
• But notice the subtle change in all of this. The emphasis was moved from focusing on God to focusing on self
• “You will be like God”, I will be like the Most High.’
• This residue of God’s original intention was twisted to emphasize self adulation and has been the source of every prideful thought since
• And so the history of the world is one of depraved madmen setting themselves up as dictators wielding power as though they were God
• And though we don’t have our dictators in the so-called civilized West we have our sporting heroes, our music idols, our movie stars all pursuing recognition, worship, self-adulation
• And if you think the church has escaped this self-deception of our human heart, think again
• Instead of the law being used to humble us before God as sinners, we use it to justify ourselves before God and flaunt our goodness before others
• And we too become trapped in insincere and hypocritical personalities
• Think long and hard about that
What is ironic is that the goal is what God intended. He wants you and me to be like Him. “Let us make man in our image”
• The difference lies in who the emphasis is on and how one attains it