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2 Cor. 5:3 – “naked”…..

Let’s talk about “naked.”  Remember verse 3?  2Co 5:3  inasmuch as we, having put it on, shall not be found naked.  We will apply the “first mentioned” principle as we consider this term, “naked.” 

 Gen 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.  KJV

Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. KJV

Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.  KJV

Gen 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? KJV

 What happened between Genesis 2 and 3?  How did Adam and Eve go from “no- shame naked” to “open -eye naked with fear?”  Verses 1-6 of chapter 3:

 (Gen 3:1) Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

(Gen 3:2) And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

(Gen 3:3) But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

(Gen 3:4) And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

(Gen 3:5) For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

(Gen 3:6) And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

(Gen 3:7) And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

(Gen 3:8) And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

(Gen 3:9) And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

(Gen 3:10) And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

(Gen 3:11) And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

There are a couple of subjects here that are pertinent to our study in 2 Cor. 5.  Something was lost (perished, if you will) between chapter 2:25 and chapter 3:7, with the results of knowing nakedness, shame, fear, and dying.

 Adam and Eve had partaken of the fruit of the  forbidden tree of knowledge of good and evil, without first partaking of the tree of life.  They died in relation to the life they could have had if they had partaken of the tree of life.  The fruit of the tree of life would have given them everything they needed for the purpose they were created – to be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth, subdue it and rule over every living thing.

The fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil only enlightened their eyes to nakedness, shame, fear – especially the fear of death.  There had been a transformation from their original “image of God.”  For in Genesis 5, we read that Adam became the father of a son in his own likeness.  Their body of glory, created in the image of God, did die!  Not only that, their now body was in the process of perishing and would die.  They would now govern their lives by the rule of the knowledge of good and evil – the very same thing upon which we will be judged at the judgment seat of Christ!

 (2Cor 5:10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad (same word as “evil”) .

 In our present body – this body of death (Rm. 7:24) – we have the blessed desire to lead our lives in the “good” way – and ALL that that means, so that our body’s mortality be drowned, devoured by life in the age to come.  This present body can have the transformation into the body of glory that perished when Adam and Eve failed to obey God.

(2Cor 5:4) For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

(2Cor 5:5) Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

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May 7, 2010 - Posted by | How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately

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