Redemption Portrayed in the Garden and Completed in the New Testament

Redemption of ChristIn Genesis 2 God placed created man in the garden of Eden. In Genesis 3, due to deception by the devil, man ate of the tree of knowledge, which God had commanded him not to eat (Genesis 2:16-17). Thus man fell, sin and death entered, and a curse came upon man (3:16-19).

We are freed from the curse through the redemption of Christ. This freedom is eternal so in New Jerusalem “there will no longer be a curse” (Revelation 22:3).

A hint at the redemption accomplished by Christ is in Genesis 3:21—“God made for Adam and for his wife coats of skins and clothed them.” The “coats of skins” indicates that some animals died. The animals might have been lambs, as suggested by Genesis 4:4—“Abel also brought an offering from the firstlings of his flock, that is, from their fat portions. And Jehovah had regard for Abel and for his offering.” These animals could be little pictures of Christ, the Lamb of God.

In the New Testament times we are no longer dependent on pictures. Christ the reality is here! Galatians 4:4-5 declare, “when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under law, that He might redeem those under law that we might receive the sonship.” As a result of accepting Christ’s redemption, we have received God’s eternal life and became His sons.

Furthermore, Christ’s redemption brought us out of a vain manner of life into a life of faith and hope in God (1 Peter 1:18-21). Now we have a holy manner of life (v. 15) on our way to the holy city (Revelation 21:2). There, in New Jerusalem, God and the redeeming Lamb are on the throne (22:1), are the temple (21:22), and illuminate the city (21:23).

Related Posts:
Redemption for Life
Behold the Lamb

Photo by Michael Van Woert, courtesy of NOAA NESDIS/U. S. Department of Commerce.

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  1. Praise the Lord that He immediately responded to the fall with the indication that man would be redeemed!


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