Lost and Gained

Some notes I have about the four-fold losses of man’s decent into sin, and the way Christ restores it all. This is Big Gospel.

What we had in the beginning:

  1. Union with God – Adam and Eve walk in the garden with God. (Gen. 3:8 – God comes down to walk in the Garden during the cool of the day.)
  2. Peace with Self – We strolled naked through the garden.
  3. Communion with One Another – Adam and Eve were together in peace.
  4. Harmony with Creation – We were in paradise (2:7-9)

What we lost because of Sin:

  1. Alienated from God. (Gen. 3:8)
  2. Ashamed of ourselves. (Gen. 3:10-11)
  3. Antagonistic toward one another.
    1. Adam blames Eve (Gen. 3:12)
    2. Cain kills Abel
  4. Expelled from Paradise.
    1. Joy is now Pain (Gen. 3:16)
    2. Abundance is now Toil (Gen. 3:17-19)
    3. Life becomes Death (Gen. 3:19)

What we recover in Christ:

  1. Drawn Close to God. (Eph. 2:1-10)
  2. No more Shame.
    1. Christ is not ashamed of us. (Heb. 2:11)
    2. The Father is not ashamed of us. (Heb 11:16)
    3. No condemnation for those in Christ. (Rom 8:1-2)
    4. Boldness for the Gospel. (Rom 1:16)
  3. Unity with One Another. (Eph. 2:11-22; 4:1-6)
  4. Restored Creation order.
    1. The prophets preach the kingdom.
    2. Revelation speaks of return of Christ, the earthly establishment of the Kingdom of God, and it speaks of the New Heaven and New Earth.