I LOVE STEAK!
So, this last week I talked to a friend of mine and we got to talking about representing Jesus in this lifetime. He had a view that we should be living as if we were going to take over the Garden of Eden again. He wanted a lifestyle that reflected that relationship with God. I disagreed. I think that we have a much higher and better calling than the Garden. We have way more privilege than that, in my opinion. Let me explain.
First of all, Adam and Eve only had fellowship with God in “the cool of the day” (Genesis 3:8). Under the New Covenant, believers have continuous fellowship with God. Jesus said that wherever two or three of us are gathered He is in our midst. Hebrews 10:19-22 tells us to come right into the presence of God at any time we like and 1 Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19 tell us that we are the temple or dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. God communes with us 24/7/365 and we have that privilege all of the time.
Another thing I see as different is that God only communicated externally with Adam and Eve. We have a much deeper and more intimate fellowship with God. In fact, God cares for us so much that He placed His Spirit inside us at the moment we believed in the Gospel message (Ephesians 1:13-14 & 4:30). He communicates the secret things of His kingdom to His people through that deposit so that we know His will for our lives (1 Corinthians 2:9-12). I do not think Adam and Eve had that type of fellowship.
Last, I think we have a better inheritance than Adam and Eve. Theirs was am earthly inheritance, the Garden. They had the rule of all of the plants and animals and were in control of that environment. The thing is, it was all earthly. It was of this creation. A believer in Jesus Christ is now an heir of something far better, in my opinion. He is NOW not just a created being, but a son or daughter of the Most High God. He has raised us up and seated us with Jesus in the Heavenly places at the right hand of the Father (Ephesians 2:6).
I would venture to say that we are the most privileged people in all of creation. In fact, the writer of Hebrews said that we have better promises, our ministry is far better, and we worship the “real” rather than the “copy” (Hebrews 8). He also said that the New Covenant was based on better promises that the Old Covenant. We are so blessed to walk in the spiritual realm where death has lost its hold on us, the adversary is defeated, and we have unlimited fellowship with the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.
Besides, in the Garden of Eden, they were true vegetarians. I am not a vegetarian (or vegan) and would love to eat a steak right about now. How about you?