The Relationship between God and Man
 in the Garden and in the City

Christ is our lifeIn the garden of Eden God and man spoke with each other face to face. Genesis 2 tells us that:
• God put Adam, the man He formed, into the garden He planted (v. 8)
• God commanded Adam what to eat (v. 16-17)
• God brought the animals and birds to Adam and Adam gave them names (v. 19)
• God made Eve to be Adam’s wife (v. 21-24)

Man fell in Genesis 3 but more interaction between God and man is recorded:
• Adam and Eve hid from the presence of God, indicating that they had been in His presence before (v. 8)
• God and Adam discussed Adam’s fear due to his nakedness (v. 9-12)
• God and Eve spoke (v. 13)
• God spoke to Eve and to Adam (v. 16-19), and God clothed them (v. 21)

Many Christians desire the face to face relationship that existed in the garden. However, the New Testament reveals that God has established a closer relationship. Consider these portions:
• John 14:19b-20: “because I live, you also shall live. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.”
• Galatians 2:20a: “I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.”
• Philippians 1:21a: “For to me, to live is Christ.”
• Colossians 1:27b: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Since the resurrection of Christ, the Christian life is not imitating Him, not walking beside Him, not being near Him. The Christian life today is that Christ lives in us, Christ lives through us, and our living is Christ Himself. He and we have one life and one living.

In the garden Adam and Eve were close to God but now God in Christ lives in us and we live in Him. This living will continue eternally in New Jerusalem.

Photo by Rich Bourgerie, courtesy of NOAA/U.S. Department of Commerce.

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