003 Purpose in the garden of Eden

Purpose in the garden of Eden

Txt: Gen. 2:8-19

The garden of Eden speaks of grace upon grace

The man God made was invited to enter into and enjoying all the fullness of God

The garden may be regarded as a type of the provision God has made for man in Christ Jesus

     I. God’s gracious provisions

A. IT WAS A GARDEN

– a special enclosure, a place prepared for man

– we are reminded of the covenant made with Christ before the world was

– He was the lamb slain before the foundations of the world

Eph. 1:4

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:”

– God’s salvation plan was put into motion even before the garden of Eden

B. IT WAS PLANTED BY THE LORD

– man had no hand in the making of this inheritance

– this, like the work of salvation, was the work of God

Jonah 2:9

“Salvation is of the Lord”

– both the plant and the planting were His alone

John 3:16

C. IT WAS PLANTED FOR MAN

– God had the good of man in mind when He planted each tree

– He considered all of man’s need, and made ample provision for his complete satisfaction

– all the eternal forethought of God in our behalf is seen in the fullness that dwells in Christ

– in Christ is God’s provision for the needy man

1. The tree of life

– this stood in the midst of the garden (v. 9)

– life is man’s first need

John 10:10

I am come that ye may have life”

– this was the tree of eternal life to Adam

– the cross of Christ in the midst is the tree of life for fallen man

– before Adam could die he had to be driven from the tree of life

– to be without Christ is to be without hope

2. Every tree that was pleasant

– here also Adam found his pleasure

– in God’s provisions for us in Christ there is life and every pleasant thing

– every pleasure worth having

3. Every tree that was good for food

– there are many pleasures which doesn’t satisfy

– these are good for food

– they build up and strengthen

– every promise of God is a fruit tree

– the garden of the Lord is full of them

4. The tree of knowledge of good and evil

– would it have been better without this?

– here is a deep truth

– we cannot know good and evil, in a real sense, till we have been planted into Christ

– sin and grace are well known there

5. The river of water (v. 10)

– a river watered the garden

– Jesus said He had living waters (John 4)

Psalm 46:4

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God”

– the blessings in Christ are all made fruitful by the power of the Holy Ghost

– surely in Christ we have a godly heritage

II. Man’s wondrous privilege

A. HE WAS PUT IN BY GOD (v. 15)

The Lord put the man into the garden”

– Adam was not made in the garden

-our engrafting into Christ is a divine act

– the provision is much, but that is not enough

– the soul of man must be brought into touch with it

– this is achieved through the Holy Ghost

B. HE WAS PUT IN TO ENJOY THE WORK OF GOD

– what grace!

– we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ

C. HE WAS PUT IN TO WORK AND WATCH

– dress it and keep it (v. 15)

– the Christian life, though a life of faith, is not a life of idleness

D. HE WAS PUT IN WITH A DIVINE LIBERTY AND WARNING (v. 16-17)

– shall we sin that grace may abound? God forbid!

– sin may not cut of sonship,

– but it will destroy fellowship

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