The Perfect Garden!!
Genesis 1:11-12 (NKJV)
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Can you imagine a garden that you only have to plant each year and watch it grow? A garden that has no weeds, no insects eating the leaves, no mold, or anything else to damage the plants. This would be the perfect garden.
In the beginning this was the type of garden man was given to tend. The Garden of Eden contained nothing that would corrupt the plants in any way.
Believe it or not you, as a Christian, have experienced this twice. The first time was at birth. Even though we are born into a sinful world, children have not yet learned to sin. Small children live in their own little world and there is no sin in it.
The Christian experiences this situation a second time at the time they are saved. (Eph. 4:24) Because we are born again into God’s Righteousness and Holiness, we are again in a sin free state. It is not until we listen to others that we are tempted to sin again.
Some preachers like to take advantage of this state of the Christian and send them out to talk to the lost in the community. This is usually a good thing for the church, but bad for the Christian. Instead of using the baby Christian to talk to people, the preacher should be teaching the baby Christian how to resist temptation. How to live by the spirit, not by the flesh.
Once we grow as Christians, we should be able to achieve this state a third time. As we grow as Christians, we learn more about using the Holy Spirit to direct and improve our lives. When we do this, we are living by the spirit and we are living “in Christ.” If we live in Christ every day, then there is no sin in our lives, and we are living in righteousness and holiness and in that perfect state. This is what God intended for us from the beginning of the world.
Genesis 2:9 (NKJV)
And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
As you can see from the verse of scripture above, God gave man a choice between His way of life and the sinful live we now want to live.
Yes, God forbid man to eat from the tree of good and evil. However, God left the tree there for man to see.
God also left the tree of life there and allowed man to eat from its fruit. If man had chosen this tree, we would live forever in the presence of God.
We still have that choice. Like Adam and Eve, we have our choice of eternal life and the destruction of darkness.