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Redemption (Part 2): Garbage in, Garbage Out

 

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Genesis 3:7, 9-11
7 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. 9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked?

WHO TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE NAKED? Since God is omniscient, He clearly wasn’t trying to find out who told Adam and Eve they were naked. Rather, in asking them the question, His objective was to get them to see that this new knowledge regarding their nakedness was not from Him. If their nakedness was a problem, then He would have taken care of it from the beginning.

The just shall live by faith. For we walk by faith, not by sight (Romans 1:17b, 2 Corinthians 5:7)

So where did Adam and Eve get this new knowledge? The answer lies in verse 7: after eating the fruit their eyes “were opened”. In other words, they were able to see things they had never seen before.

Before eating the fruit (i.e., before sin) Adam and Eve were limited to God’s worldview: they saw life as God revealed it, they saw life from God’s perspective. Therefore, they appropriated God’s value-system: what God deemed important was important what God deemed trivial was trivial.

After eating the fruit (i.e., after sin), however, this changed and they now saw life through their own eyes, from their own perspectives.

To experience God’s Redemption we must relinquish our worldview/value-system and accept God’s instead. From their new perspective, the first thing Adam and Eve saw was the external. They had immediately forgotten their sin-stained internal/spiritual state. Instead of making preparations to address their fallen spiritual condition, they set about covering their external features, which previously had not been a problem! How absurd to fix what was not broken (i.e., their nakedness) and ignore what was broken (i.e., their relationship with God)!

“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” Matthew 6:22-23

But as He did with Adam and Eve, God asks us the same question: “Where do you get the information/perspective which you use to make decisions, to run your life?”

In an unredeemed state we have no choice but to use our own knowledge/perspective to guide our lives. Without salvation we make decisions based on how we see things. Therefore, like Adam and Eve, we approach life in the wrong way because we focus on the external and ephemeral, rather than the spiritual and eternal.

…For the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7b

ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect... (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Therefore, a truly redeemed life is one in which the innate sin-spawned worldview/value-system is being replaced daily with God’s redemption-enabled worldview/value-system.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2

God has placed His worldview/value-system in His Word, the Bible. Therefore, the redeemed ingest Scripture eagerly and conform to Biblical instruction. The redeemed neither change nor ignore (any part of) the Bible because it does not fit into their worldview/value-system. Instead, the redeemed relinquish their value-system for God’s, never daring to trust their sight, never relying on eyes opened by sin: the Redeemed keep their focus on the spiritual and eternal by trusting God’s sight.

For we [the Redeemed] walk by faith, not by sight 2 Corinthians 5:7

 

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This is the 2nd installment in a series on the Origins of Redemption given in Genesis 3

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