What the Bible has to say about man. The Gospel


Man had intimacy with God.

 

     At this point, man had unbroken fellowship with God. Adam and Eve could enter into the presence of God and enjoy Him. Nothing was between them and their Creator. They had become so close to God their Father that God planted a special garden and placed them in it.

God placed man in the Garden

Gen 2:8-9

8 Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, inEden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground — trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

NIV

God gave man purpose

Gen 2:15-17

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

God blessed Man with Abundance

Gen 1:29

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

NIV

Gen 2:16

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;

Man had intimacy with God- real intimacy. God’s fellowship with man was unbroken and one of delight. The Bible tells us that only mankind was created in the image of God. He and man were together and there was no enmity between them. Because man was created in the image of God, he could know him in a way that we can describe as perfect and complete. However, his relationship to God had not been tested yet.  So, God decided to place one restriction upon them in the midst of the blessing.

While man was given the authority to rule over the whole earth, he was never to forget that he was under authority himself, and so God decided to place a prohibition upon them.

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