The Garden of Eden done right this time

We now walk with Jesus in eternity, or, as Paul put it in Romans 6:5, “If we have been united with him in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.” If we got this far, of believing Jesus’ death brought us eternal life, then we can be just as certain the living Jesus will be with us as we enter it. We can now walk with Jesus in eternity like Adam walked with God in the Garden of Eden, and like the children walked with Aslan in the land of Narnia.

And what the living Jesus now does for us is open up a whole new relationship with God, far beyond what Adam ever experienced because Adam couldn’t resist evil and it wrecked his relationship with God. Jesus, however, took care of that for us in his death. He took Adam’s weakness and nailed it to the cross. It’s a weakness we all share, but Jesus died for all of us. There comes the great day in everyone’s life when we realize “our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be rendered powerless, that we should no longer be slaves to sin” (verse 6). Our old self, with its inborn weakness for evil, was killed off on the cross. What had always wrecked our relationship with God in the past was destroyed. It died with Jesus on the cross, and “anyone who has died has been freed from sin” (verse 7). 

We can now experience a relationship with God like we’ve never had, because what wrecked our relationship with him before has been buried (verse 4). Our human tendency to evil, our “body of sin,” has been “rendered powerless.” We are free of it. Thanks to Christ’s death, we can leave our old self behind, nailed to the gate, and enter eternal life with the living Christ expecting to experience something marvellously different and new in our relationship with God, because we are free of what wrecked it before. Our relationship with God has “been brought from death to life” (verse 13).   

We can now “count ourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (verse 11). The relationship we all lost with God, because of our inability to resist evil, has been restored. The relationship that Adam began with God before he lost it when evil got the best of him, we can now continue. Christ has got us back into the Garden of Eden to get it right this time, but this time he’s with us in the Spirit to make sure of it.     


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