Who told you that you were naked? – by Bilyana de Soto
May 14, 2015 1891
For a brief moment I was perched on a branch in the Garden of Eden, when I see God walking in the cool of the evening and I overhear him say to Adam and Eve, “Who told you, you were naked?” I hear no answer from either. No one told them – sin is encoded with ‘nakedness’, lack of glory and everything to hide from. They lost God’s covering of light and glory, and sought to cover up their shameful state with their own doing. As I thought about that moment in the garden, I realised how nothing has changed.
The breach of sin opens up condemnation, guilt, separation, and just like Adam and Eve, it causes us to hide from God. There is nothing Adam and Eve could’ve done to return themselves to their former glory. Nothing! They could have asked for forgiveness a thousand times over, they could’ve cried a torrent of remorseful tears; they could have sewn a thousand and one leaves to cover up their inadequacy and shame. They still would have fallen short of the glory of God. None of these acts would have bridged the chasm that sin opened up. Nothing has changed since. No work of mine can return me to holiness either. The gospel is clear on this, the return to glory and holiness is ALL of God’s doing via Calvary, via the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Adam and Eve did it and only God could undo it.
For you see, sin takes away our very capacity to redeem ourselves, otherwise Jesus would not have done something we could’ve have or can do ourselves. There are no straps in our boots by which we can pull ourselves up. It is all of Jesus and Jesus alone. Holiness is not our realm, holiness is God’s reality and either God gives it to us or we are exposed and in a shameful state. So run to Jesus for cover and walk in the glory He gives you.
– Bilyana de Soto