THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #2- What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden

This is Part 2 in a series on The SONSHIP Message that is hidden in the Holy Bible!

What Really Happened In the Garden of Eden   

Why am I here? What is life all about? Why did God create me? What will happen to me after I die? Was I born to die or is there more to life than thatDid God have two plans- a Plan A when creating Adam and Eve, and then a Plan B when they sinned while in the Garden?

NO! God who knows the end from the beginning had only One Plan. He never makes a mistake and always has everything under control. From the beginning of time God had only one plan for man! From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is only a 7000-year account of God’s dealing with mankind; 6000 years have nearly passed and the 1000 year-reign of Jesus Christ will soon begin. For an Eternal God, 7000 years is a just a blink of an eye. There is much more God has for us, but are not revealed in the Holy Bible. They deal with EternitySo what is ‘the eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11? Paul wrote .. God hath chosen us in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love; Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will’ Ep1:4,5.

God knew and chose us in Jesus Christ before the world began, to be a holy people, long before we knew and accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Before our parents met, before Adam and Eve were created, and before the world began, God chose us to be His holy children, according to the good pleasure of His will. 2Ti1:9 states God ‘..hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling.. according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began’. God had predestinated everything, and His purpose and good pleasure are intertwined in all His creation. But how do we know that we are included in this chosen group? To be in this group, we must be in Christ, living a holy and blameless life before God in love. Otherwise, we are not. We will now discuss God’s sovereignty and what is His good pleasure toward us.

God’s Sovereignty and His Good Pleasure

God is Sovereign and Almighty. He does whatever He wants. He chooses whomever He pleases ‘..according to his good pleasure which he purposed in himself’ Ep1:9. To illustrate God’s sovereignty, as Creator we had no choice to be born: no choice of our parents, our gender, male or female, our ethnicity or nationality- yellow, brown, red, black or white, or the country we were born in e.g. Africa, China, or the USA. Also, we had no choice of when in time and history we would be living. Would you have liked to have live in Noah’s days, during the great flood when all died except for 8 people, or in the days of Moses, wandering aimlessly in the desert for 40 years until many people died off? It was a Sovereign God who put us into this world, chose our parents, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and when in time we would be living. God chose you and I to be living today.

Why is this so special? God chose us to be living in these last days such that one day soon, some of us will see Jesus and be taken alive to heaven in the Rapture 1Th4:17. John wrote ‘when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is1Jn3:2. Jesus said ‘Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see GodMt5:8. We are living in a very special time when Jesus will return to take us to heaven with Him Jn14:3. Because of His sovereignty and great love, God worked out His great plan and purpose for us! To learn God’s eternal purpose in Christ Jesus- why He created us, and what He wants to achieve in us, we must first examine WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN!

In the Garden of Eden

Ge1:1 states that God created the heaven and the earth. God put all the trees and animals on the earth and Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Every tree God planted was pleasant to sight and good for food Ge2:9. God also allowed the serpent to be in the garden. Re12:9 tells that the old serpent is the Devil or Satan. How did the tree of knowledge of good and evil (the forbidden tree) get in the garden? Since it was an evil tree, God did not plant it; perhaps Satan did! Mt13:25,39 states the devil is the sower of tares, or the planter of the bad seed. Like God’s trees, the forbidden tree was also beautiful Ge3:6, but not good for food.

In the beginning 6000 years ago, there was only ONE LAW- thou shalt not eat of the forbidden tree; ‘for in that day you eat thereof, you shall surely die’ Ge2:17. However, consider these facts: Without the serpent, there would not have been any temptation, and without the forbidden tree, no sin! So here is a very important revelation: If Adam and Eve did not sinwe would not have needed a Savior; Jesus would not have to come, and if Jesus did not come, we would not know Him and about God’s great plan for us. Jesus means ‘he shall save his people from their sins’ Mt1:21.

Consider thisNO SIN, NO SAVIOUR NEEDED AND JESUS DID NOT NEED TO COME, NO SPECIAL PLAN FOR US, NO HOLY BIBLE TO TELL US WHAT HAPPENED and WILL HAPPEN, and NO KNOWLEDGE OF GOD! And without the Bible, we would not know of God’s great love for placing us here on earth, and His eternal purpose for us in Christ Jesus ourLord Ep3:11! BUT ADAM AND EVE DID SIN, WE THEN NEEDED A SAVIOUR, JESUS CAME TO SAVE US, NOW WE HAVE THE BIBLE TO TELL US WHAT HAPPENED AND WILL HAPPEN, AND NOW WE HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, AND HIS GREAT PLAN AND PURPOSE FOR US!

The Garden Scene/The Garden Sin

Adam and Eve may have lived in the garden for many years before they gave in to the serpent’s temptation. They were carefree, asexual having no children, and were in daily communion with God. They had no hunger, no sweat, no sorrow, no pain, no lack, no strife, no bondage, no problems, no violence, no sickness, no disease, no sin, no evil and no death! They were vegetarians who ate the fruit of all the trees except one in the Garden. They were healthy and would have lived forever. Prior to sinning, Adam and Eve were clothed with a bright glory.

The Bible said that the serpent was very subtil and wise Ge3:1, and perhaps very attractive. The serpent stood upright and could talk like a human. The serpent may have encountered Adam and Eve many times. But he laid a trap for them one day, even as he does for all of us 2Ti2:26. The devil was a murderer from the beginning and is the father of lies Jn8:44. Satan seeks to steal, kill and to destroy us Jn10:10. Adam and Eve believed the serpent’s lie about becoming as wise as gods Ge3:5, disobeyed and broke God’s only law then, became wise, knowing good and evil, and also perverted and corrupt. Their eyes were opened and they lost their glory, and realized they were naked and sinful. Ro5:12 states by Adam, sin and death entered into the world, and they were passed on to every man!

God’s Life for Our Life- To Bring Forth His Eternal Plan

God knew that Adam and Eve would sin and He would have to die for our sins. God is omniscient and knows the end from the beginning, what will happen before they happenThe Bible tells us Jesus isthe Lamb slain from the foundation of the world Re13:8, not just 2000 years ago. Ep1:4 states that ‘..God has chosen us in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame before God in love’. Why do we need to be holy and blameless if there was no sin? 2Ti1:9 states that ‘God had saved and called us with an holy calling before the world began’. Ac2:23 declares that it was by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God’ that Jesus would be crucified and slain. But why did God want to pay such a great price to save us? God had planned to die for our sins. It was His choice before the world began to come down to earth to pay for our sins and to effectuate His great plan for usIsaiah 53 prophesied of the death of Jesus, the suffering Messiah, 700 years before it happened. It is all about God’s great love and God’s grace!

Salvation is all about God’s great love for us and God’s grace toward us! So why was God willing to pay the ultimate price, His life, to die for us to save us Jn15:13?  What was God’s motiveIt was His prerogative and choice to die for us Knowing that man would sin, God gave His life for our lifeGodin the person of Jesus Christ, came to earth to die for us. Here are some reasons why Jesus came to earth: 1.To teach and preach the gospel of the kingdom of God, to heal every sickness and disease Mt4:23, 2. To save sinners 1Ti1:15, 3. To make us free Jn8:36, 4. To destroy the works of the devil 1Jn3:8, 5. To give us an abundant life Jn10:10, and eternal life Jn3:16, 6. To taste death for every man He2:9, and to destroy death 1Co15:56. But the most important reason why Jesus came was to redeem us so that God can have more sons and daughters like Him.

Tit2:13,14 state Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus ChristWho gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar peoplezealous of good works. 2Co6:17,18 declare ‘.. I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty’. This is the SONSHIP Message- God’s eternal plan to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ- a people like Jesus Christ!

God’s Great Love For Us- the Gift of His Glory

We express our love by giving to others, such as our families, friends, and those in need. Love is conveyed through our words and actions. Even more so with God! 1Jn4:8 tells us God is love’. God is the personification of Love. The measure of God’s great love for us is proven by His willingness to die on the cross for us in the person of Jesus Christ Jn3:16! Another very important aspect of God’s love is His desire to share all of that He has- His riches and glory with us Ep1:18.

But because God is Holy and Just, He is constrained to give them only to those who are deemed worthyonly to those who are pure and holy, who have been tested and proven. Peter wrote ‘..the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ 1Pe1:7. Paul saidThe Spirit itself beareth witness.. that we are the children of God, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us Ro8:16-18.

Before dying on the cross for us, Jesus expressly prayed the Father saying And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them..’ Jn17:22. Paul wrote Godcalled you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ’ 2Th2:14; That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory1Th2:12. God sent His Spirit to ‘change us from glory to glory into the same image as Jesus Christ 2Co3:18. God’s desire is that we become like Jesus in order to give us all things. Re21:7 states He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. In short, this is the SONSHIP message: God wants more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ to give them His Glory and EVERYTHING that He has. But SONSHIP is only for those who know of God’s great plan, for it would require faith, desire, and effort on our part for it to be fulfilled in us. 

The SONSHIP Message- God’s Eternal Purpose in Christ Jesus

Jesus came to earth so that God could have more sons and daughters like Him. By His coming, Jesus left us an example to follow. Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it Mt16:24-25. He2:10 statesit became God.. in bringing many sons unto gloryto make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 1Jn3:1-3 declare Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the SONS of GOD.. when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Ro8:29-30 state for whom God did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His son, that Jesus might be the firstborn of many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called.. he justified, them he also glorified’. Php3:21 states God willchange our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body‘. Paul wroteThat I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus’ Php3:10-14. Paul’s goal and our goal should be the same- to become like Jesus Christ. This is what the SONSHIP message is all about!  God wants more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ so that He can give them all that He has- EVERYTHING and ALL that He has Re21:7.

The SONSHIP Message- The Paramount Reason Why God Created Man

In summary, the paramount reason why God created man is to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ- SONSHIPIt is God’s love and desire to share His glory with us! This is the same glory that Lucifer wanted to extort from God, but was cast out of heaven. Lucifer wanted this glory that belonged only to Jesus then, and later reserved for those God who will change to become like Jesus Christ. Lucifer’s evil desires is found in his 5 I wills’: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God : I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High Is14:13-14. Lucifer was subsequently defeated in his rebellion against God, and was cast down to earth Ez28:17,18, Lk10:18.

Years later after Lucifer fell, God jumpstarted His great SONSHIP plan for man when He placed Adam and Eve in the Garden 6000 years ago and allowed Satan the serpent, and the tree of offense- the no-no tree to be there. Adam and Eve partook of the fruit of that evil tree, whereby, sin and death enter into the world. And because Adam and Eve sinned, we needed a Savior; Jesus had to come to earth to die for our sins. And because of Jesus, we now have the Bible, and we can now know of God’s great love and plan for us, and of His glory and inheritance that He intends to give us. God sent Jesus Christ to be the perfect example for us to follow. Ep4:13 statesTill we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ’. 

We are nearing the time of perfection when the Rapture will soon occur. 1Jn3:2 states ‘..when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is’. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ. 2Co3:18 states weare changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord’. Ro8:14 tells us ‘As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God’. Ro8:19 states ‘For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the SONS of GOD’. This is ‘the eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11, and the paramount reason why God created us- for SONSHIP, to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ in order to share all His riches and glory with us for all eternity. And all this began in the Garden of Eden! Amen!

Please also see Part 1 of The SONSHIP Message- Life is About God and Not About Us!  

 

About Drgold

Retired National Weather Service Meteorologist Christian Missionary/Evangelist to the Philippines. Blog- God's Hidden Nuggets for the Endtimes http://drgoldsite.wordpress.com Contact- wyman@hawaii.rr.com

Posted on August 9, 2013, in THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #2- What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on God's Enduring Love and commented:
    My husband Drgold has just posted THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #2- What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden. He has decided to serialize THE SONSHIP MESSAGE so there will be additional posts to follow!

  2. Dear uncle in Hawai
    I recently a glance read your post. I think i should to spend a bit more time to read this carefully so I could get the point in it.Promise will read it again soon :) Blessing !
    Karina

  3. Reblogged this on servehiminthewaiting and commented:
    I wonder how different our whole lives would be if we truly truly grasped this destiny which God has planned for those whom He has called to Himself in Christ. A fullness we cannot fathom!

  4. Reblogged this on Your Dog Wouldn't Like It and commented:
    Amen

  5. Dear Brother…….What a wonderful truth filled post…..I Love that God chose his people even before the foundations of the world! This thought is almost as unimaginable as Eternity having no end.What a Great God we serve and Love.To say that the suffering of our time here is not to be compared to what awaits us……I tell you my Brother at the deepest darkest day we have at times,nothing really will compare with the Glory that is going to be enjoyed forever and unending……..we will have no memory of the turmoil we now endure and if one can look out that far to see with eyes of Faith All is worth it! God Bless You.
    Julia

  6. Reblogged this on Jesus, God in The Flesh and commented:
    Before I share a very interesting article with you, THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #2- What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden, regarding God’s plan & purpose for us! I would like to offer you some food for thought:
    2 TIMOTHY 1:7-10 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

    JOHN 14:1-7 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

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