Genesis 3:10. And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
If Genesis 1 and 2 show us what living is supposed to look like, then Genesis 3 shows us what dying looks like.
Genesis 3 tells the story of Adam and Eve’s choice to rebel against God and eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. A choice that promised them divine understanding of good and evil, but also a choice God warned them not to make.
Genesis 2:16-17. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Yes, the tree kept its promise of “God-likeness.” And yes, God’s warning came true – with knowledge like God’s came alienation from God himself.
I heard you…and I hid.
You see sin is a real thing. Sin is not just an imaginary concept or a social construct. It’s an actual force that has been released into the world and into our souls. It is a force that now must be carried inside us until it is either killed or it kills us both physically and spiritually. And as soon as Adam and Eve sinned they began to exhibit the signs of this spiritual death.
The signs of death? Yes. Here in Genesis 3 we see at least three clear signs of spiritual and relational dying:
- Fear (I was afraid).
- Shame (because I was naked).
- Hiding from God (I hid myself).
Each of these is the result of real guilt over real sin. And with them comes real fear of real punishment.
Sin also brought real shame. Not just shame over what they’d done, but a deeper shame about who they had become. They don’t just try to cover up this one sin. They try to cover up themselves. Their shame deludes them into thinking they can hide from God. This is the truest sign of spiritual death.
Do you see these signs of death and dying in your own life? Are you afraid of God and his punishments? Are you ashamed of not just what you’ve done, but also who you have become? Are you hiding from God? (btw – one of the best ways to hide from God is to hide in plain sight. Maybe at church or by being really, really, good. If you’re “good” enough maybe God will stay out of your garden.)
But Christ offers us a far better way to stop dying and start living again. Christ offers to us in himself the perfect love of God that casts out all fear. Love that comes to us in our union with Christ. Love that would die for us. And on that day when Love died for us, our very real guilt and our very real shame were put to death forever.
But, unlike Adam, Jesus never looks at us and says to God, “the Christians you gave to me made me have to die.” Instead, Jesus looks at us with compassion in his eyes and then turns to God and says “the bride that you gave to me, I will give my life for. I will put her shame to shame, and cleanse her guilt with my everlasting love.”
This is “to live is Christ”: You are no longer condemned but forgiven. You are no longer shamed but honored. You no longer have to be afraid because you are loved. This means we can be ashamed of what we do without being ashamed of who we are. And it means no more hiding. We are hidden IN God, not hidden FROM God. Now we can live openly in front of God in his presence. Confessing what we’ve done with the full assurance of a grace and kindness that will never let us go.
Do you feel like you’re not good enough for God or even others? How have you been hiding from God in fear and shame?
You in Christ
How does knowing that your guilt is gone begin to remove your shame?
Christ in you
How can you live openly before God today and stop hiding? Maybe start with honestly confessing the ways you’ve been hiding in the past.
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