28 July 2013-
If there ever was a concept of broad appeal, it could be the notion of defeating death. Newsweek 24 by Andrew Romano “You can live forever” updates on the latest thoughts in the search of the elusive elixir … celebrating that “the first person to live to 150 is probably already in middle age “ – according to de Grey who earned a Phd in Cambridge for his published work …”The Mitochondrial Free radical Theory of Aging” presenting the possibility of curing aging by conquering the diseases of old age. Still, the reality of Immortality is yet beyond the reach of human genius. But God knows man would want to live forever … indeed God made a provision for this in His original blueprint.
Gen 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Gen 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
It only makes sense that restoration would imply returning mankind to God’s original intent … as Christ declares in:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The Garden of Eden was a place of secrets which are unlocked in Christ – The Truth. The word of God connected to and nourishing the life that abides fully in Christ parallels the Tree of life … making the saint branches connected to the Vine – Christ. A few thoughts on what happened in Eden help us understand God’s restoration.
Remember, God has already revealed that His ways are far from ours …
All of God’s creation is blessed. To be blessed is not any preacher’s afterthought or ploy for membership but was always God’s intention. Hunger for blessings can be associated with the present dysfunction arising from the fall of man. If the salvation in Christ is full as it must be, then it includes being blessed. The saints are blessed.
Mankind created by God was designed in His image for immortality. Consider how all our perspectives change radically if we explored life extending to just a thousand years … immediately all our best thoughts and human inventions pale. The word of God is forever settled … for yesterday, today and forever. Our assessment of its value based only on our present context and time frame is like testing a Thrust SSC – a speed machine that does 771mph, on a footpath. We can only live by faith to please God.
The woman was formed from the rib of a man to be a help meet in a scenario which would be eternal. This does not condone any form of abuse or ill treatment … but a team work that enthrones dominion in God’s eternal blueprint. There is only incompleteness when men and women do not work together…and particularly when men fail to protect, guide and provide direction … or when seeking to go solo. God is not averse to pleasure or beauty and wanted mankind to enjoy His provisions … mankind would be able to look and say like God said “It is good …” Eden was beautiful and delightful … a place of magnificent flora and indescribable splendor. God’s eternity will be unspeakably joyful and beautiful.
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