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What we are called to do

From the second chapter of Genesis, God is laying down the law and yet, there is no sin. The first time law is brought up is effectively first use of the law, the civil use. God gave this law when he told Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Though generally given by governments, this use is correct in that at that time, God was the local governing body and this law was preventative in that it kept Adam from sin.

However, the law used in the rest of the chapter has more to do with vocation. This is first revealed to us when God says that Adam needs a helper. If one has no work, one needs not help. What did Adam need help with? Tending the garden of course. In fact, that’s exactly what Genesis says man was created for. Groundskeeping. (NOTE: I HAVE JUST FREAKED MYSELF OUT AS I FEEL THAT I MAY HAVE JUST ACCIDENTALLY DISCOVERED THE MEANING OF LIFE. IF THE MEANING OF LIFE IS NOT GROUNDSKEEPING, PLEASE SOUND OFF IN THE COMMENTS SO THAT I CAN REST EASY.) Adam was also tasked with naming all the animals. Also, when is helper, Eve, was finally created from his rib, they were tasked with making children.

So to recap, Adam was given the vocation of groundskeeper, beast namer, husband, and father. All before Genesis 3. He was also given specific instructions no to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. So you can see, the law didn’t come around when Moses came along. Law was there from the beginning. And this law established vocation.

EDIT:  I HAVE BEEN CORRECTED VIA FACEBOOK.  I LEAVE MY POST AS IT ORIGINALLY WAS POSTED, BUT I ADD THIS SCREENCAP FROM MY CONVERSATION ON FACEBOOK.

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God doesn’t give second chances

In this life, you only get one chance. If you screw it up, you don’t get to try again, despite what Super Mario Bros 3 may tell you. Such is the way of God. He is righteous and just and as a righteous and just God, he requires absolute perfection. And that’s how the world was created, perfectly. And then sin entered the world. Notice that word; entered. Sin was not a part of this world. Sin entered the world. And it tainted everything. And because we have sinned, we are rightly condemned. We don’t get to try again. We blew it. We blew it without even trying. That’s how tainted we are.

But something happened. One man somehow made it through life without sin. The taint didn’t touch him as it had touched all else. And then, when he was executed, he took the punishment for all of our sin for all time all at once. That man was God wrapped in human flesh, the Son Jesus Christ. And with that sacrifice, God just looks the other way from your sins and simply says, “Nope. Didn’t happen.”

Christ paid the price for your sins because you couldn’t.  You don’t get any second chances and through the grace and mercy of God, you don’t need one.

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The Image of Sin

Contrary to the popular belief among Christians, we are not created in the image of God.  They like to point out Genesis 1:27 as proof, but a careful reading of scripture says otherwise.  Genesis 1:27 reads So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  It seems pretty straightforward, but it’s important to realize that God created Adam and Eve in his own image, not us.  Like God, Adam and Eve were perfect, therefore, the image of God. 

 

But then something happened.  Sin entered the world.  And Adam and Eve became tainted.   

 

Genesis 5:3 clearly shows that we are created in the image of Adam.  In the image of sin.  We are not the perfect beings created in God’s own image.  If that were so, then God would’ve had to form us from the dust as he did Adam.  If that were so, then Christ is unnecessary because we would be untainted by sin.  Instead, we are created in the image an imperfect man.  In the likeness of sin.  So Christ is necessary.

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