What Did Not Exist in Eden

Text: Genesis 2:8

When God created man, He created the perfect place on earth for him to live – the Garden of Eden. Unfortunately, Adam and Eve would lose that home and the consequences would be felt by all people. Why was Eden the perfect place? It has to do with what did NOT exist there. This lesson will examine what did not exist in Eden, the effects of these things being introduced into the world, and how all of these problems will be remedied in heaven.

The Garden of Eden

  • Sin did not exist in Eden – sin is the violation of God’s law (1 John 3:4); God gave a few basic instructions to man (Genesis 2:15-16); sin causes a separation between man and God (Isaiah 59:2); no separation at first (Genesis 3:8); when sin was introduced in the Garden of Eden, it ruined everything about it
  • Shame did not exist in Eden – shame is caused by sin; Adam and Eve were naked and not ashamed (Genesis 2:25); no reason for shame; initially they could stand before God without shame, but that changed when they sinned (Genesis 3:8-10)
  • Death did not exist in Eden – they had access to the tree of life (Genesis 2:9); they could eat of it and live forever (Genesis 3:22); as long as they did not sin, death would be avoided (Genesis 2:17)
  • Decay did not exist in Eden – with death came the process of decay; their bodies would age and wear out (Ecclesiastes 12:2-5); the things of this life would also decay (Matthew 6:19)
  • Thorns and thistles did not exist in Eden – part of the punishment for sin (Genesis 3:17-18); meant that hard work would be necessary (Genesis 3:19); Adam was given work to do in the garden (Genesis 2:15), but it was not the hard work he would face later

Heaven

  • There will be no sin in heaven (Revelation 21:8, 27) – heaven is where righteousness dwells (2 Peter 3:12); the tempter will have already been cast away (Revelation 20:10)
  • There will be no shame in heaven (Revelation 22:14) – again, shame is caused by sin and there will be no sin in heaven; purity, authority, and citizenship; no cause for shame
  • There will be no death in heaven (Revelation 21:4) – eternal life (Matthew 25:46); we will always be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
  • There will be no decay in heaven (Revelation 22:2-3) – we will be there forever and ever (Revelation 22:5); our inheritance will not fade away (1 Peter 1:4)
  • There will be no hard work in heaven (Revelation 14:13) – we must show diligence here in order to enter that rest (Hebrews 4:9-11)

Conclusion

  • Sin corrupted the paradise on earth that God created for man
  • But through His grace and His plan of redemption, we can enjoy heaven – far greater than Eden
  • Sin will not corrupt heaven – we must live righteously and faithfully serve the Lord to reach that reward

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