Because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience “the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life” (Genesis 3:23–24).
Just imagine for a moment the glory that was present there in Eden. It was a place where God’s glory was seen in all He had made, but most of all, in man who was made with the capability to commune with his Maker. The glory of God was revealed again in taking a rib from Adam’s body and forming it into a woman, “a helper fit for him” (2:18-22). Man was surrounded with glory!
We are not told what Adam’s reaction was when he and Eve were forced out of Eden. But imagine never being able to see that glory again! It’s one thing if we have never enjoyed the presence of God and His glory, but to have once tasted and then been banned from it is unthinkable.
Dear believer, please stop for the next ten minutes and think about how in Christ, we who believe have been restored to a relationship in which we can gaze on the glory of God in Christ. This is the gospel! Jesus’ prayer for us takes away our ambition for anything this world offers; “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that You have given Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:24).
What is standing between you and the experience of seeing the glory of God in the face of Jesus? See Acts 7:55.
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