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 right and wrong, but also a choice God warned them not to make.
Genesis 2:17. 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 very 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.
Kills us? Yes. Here in Genesis 3 we see at least three clear signs of spiritual and relational death:
- 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. And very real shame. Not just shame over what they’d done, but a deeper shame about who they had become. Adam and Eve didn’t just try to cover up this one mistake. They tried to cover up themselves. Their weight of 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’s wrath? Are you ashamed of not just what you’ve done, but also who you are? Are you hiding from God? (btw – one of the best ways to hide from God is to hide in plain sight by being really, really, good.)
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 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.
And, unlike Adam, Jesus never looks at his bride with blaming eyes 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 would gladly give my life for. I will put her shame to shame, and cleanse her guilt with my everlasting love.”
Christian, in 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 unconditionally 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. That’s “to live is Christ.”
How have you been hiding from God in fear and shame?
You in Christ
How can 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.
Playlist: No Shame.
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