Genesis 3:5 “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
It’s like a mint condition ‘57 Chevy given to you by your grandfather. As you are driving it home, you take the corner too fast and roll the antique car in the ditch.
Adam and Eve have the perfect environment with a perfect relationship with God. But Satan will have none of that. He tricks the two into disobeying their Creator by twisting His words. It is interesting that the temptation for them is to be even more like God (Gen 3.5). After eating the fruit, the serpent promised they would have knowledge like God (Perhaps Satan’s temptation sounded more like, “You can be gods yourselves.” It seems this temptation plagues us to this day).
This is not part of God’s original intent and when they fall into sin, the image is marred. There can be too much of a good thing (Gen 3.22). In fact, the image was so ravaged by sin, it was no longer recognizable and separated them from their Maker with a spiritual death (Gen 3.8, Rom 6.23).
And now we have great difficulty bringing glory to God, as was intended. Instead, like a little god, we strive to bring glory only to ourselves. But even in this state of separation and destruction we still maintain our value with God. His sentiments are still with us because we are crafted in His image. So much so, that if one is murdered, it is the image that makes this crime so horrific (Gen 9.6). And now, from the prototype to the present, every reproduced image has the same self-destructive flaw of sin (Rom 3.23). The image of God’s offspring is in desperate need of restoration.
It’s like a mint condition 1957 Chevy given to you by your grandfather. As you are driving it home, you take the corner too fast and roll the antique car in the ditch. To be continued…
(Part 1) – The Glory of His Image
(Part 2) – Too Much of a Good Thing
(Part 3) – We Need a Savior
(Part 4) – The Restoration Process: The Father
(Part 5) – The Restoration Process: The Son
(Part 6) – The Restoration Process: Discipleship
(Part 7) – The Restoration Process: Discipleship Continued
(Part 8) – The Restoration Process: One-on-One Discipleship
(Part 9) – The Restoration Process: Tools and Techniques
(Part 10) – The Restoration Process: Dangers
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