We enjoyed the question God asked Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:9, “…Where are you?” This is a question of salvation. As we saw in previous Bible studies, God represents the Tree of Life and Satan is hidden within the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Thus, God is still asking us today, “where are you; are you in Me or are you in Satan; are you interested in living your life absolutely for Me or merely in having a good life, job, house, and family?” We realized that all of these items on the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil are seemingly “good” but without Christ, this kind of living is simply vanity.
We were also enlightened by the significance of the fig leaves that Adam and Eve made to cover themselves after they ate of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The fig leaves represent our human effort to save ourselves or even cover our own sins. However, this does not last and eventually dries up. Rather, we need to take the blood of Christ symbolized by the animal that God slew in the garden for Adam and Eve to cover them from their sin and cloth them with Christ. In a sense, Adam became one with the lamb, thus, the sinner became one with the Substitue. When we believe in the gospel, Christ is put upon us as our covering righteousness (Luke 15:22), and we are put into Christ (1 Cor. 1:30), and we have put on Christ (Gal. 3:27), making us one with Christ (1 Cor. 6:17). So we see that the redemption of Christ is not merely to save us from eternal perdition, rather it is for the covering and in union of Christ with us.
- Erin & Kim