Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The second chapter of Genesis provides a more detailed account of God creating Adam and Eve. While more is covered in the chapter, what I am focusing on today is verses seven and eight (Genesis 2:7-8).
In these verses, we read about Adam’s beginning. First, God forms Adam from the dust of the ground. Next, God gives him the breath of life which makes him a living creature. Then, God creates a garden in which Adam will live and work. And finally, God places him in that garden.
I see a wonderful reflection of what Christ is doing in these two verses. Much can be said about the work that God has planned for us and about the problems that sin has caused. However, I will not be addressing them here. I plan to write about those more later. For now, I will simply compare the parallels between these two verses in Genesis with that of what Christ has done and is doing.
Parallel to Christ
When Christ came to dwell among people as a human, those around him were lost and spiritually dead because of their sinful and rebellious hearts. Much like Adam was before God breathed the breath of life into him, people were void of true life. However, faith in Jesus Christ brings life to the believer because Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). God gives the believer the Holy Spirit who comes to dwell inside of them. As a result, the believer is born again onto eternal life in Christ Jesus.
And just as God prepared the garden for Adam, Christ prepares a place for the believer. In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells his disciples that he will be going to prepare a room for them in the Father’s house (John 14:2). And Jesus is there now, preparing the place in which we will dwell with him.
Lastly, just as God placed Adam in the garden. In like manner, Christ will soon return to bring us to the place that he prepares (John 14:3). This is part of our promised hope. This is the day that believers look forward to arriving.
When I compare the initial plan that God had for people and the results of what Christ is doing, I see a wonderful continuation. God’s plans for people has not changed. He is still continuing his work and creating us to be not only his perfect workmanship but also his perfect fellow workers. God is conforming us to the image of Christ so that we can faithfully do that which God had planned for us from the beginning.
From beginning to end, the Bible is an amazing account of the restorative acts of God. As we read, we know that it was a painful process. We will see great rebellion and sin. Also, we will see great judgement and wrath. However, in the end, the word of God is about the reconciliation of humanity unto God. And the only reason the process was so painful was because people are so rebellious.
How different history would have been if people had not continually rejected God for their own selfish glory. How different today would be if we could all let go of our selfish pride and faithfully serve God in everything we do. Praise the Lord that he chose to redeem his creation rather than complete destroy it forever.
May the Lord bless us with the strength to live faithful lives onto him. May we cease resisting him and yield to him in obedience.