In the beginning God created man and put him in the garden of Eden…in paradise! Obviously that’s says a lot of God’s will for man. The place man was created to live in…was paradise! When we hear the word paradise, our minds goes to a perfect place of completeness. So, we can mention lots of characteristics that are true about this place, but I will like to focus in this article on just one… the simplicity that man was living in that place.
In the garden of Eden, man was perfect in a perfect place. He didn’t work out to become perfect but he was created by God that way. He didn’t create paradise, God did it. He didn’t gain or achieve to be placed in paradise but God placed him there. He didn’t even chooses to be placed there but God did it
There was nothing wrong or lacking with man or with the garden of Eden. Man had nothing to fix, add or improve. Man was perfect in a perfect place and had nothing to worry about! This is paradise! He was in a place that he could chooses anything to do and it couldn’t alter his perfect state of being except if ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Only one thing could change his status! That’s simple isn’t it? This is an awesome place to be…a perfect place where just one thing, you need to have in mind to not do…this is the simplicity that man had in the garden of Eden.
Man ate from the forbidden tree and became like God in knowing good and evil for himself. From that moment man became self-reliant and self-sufficient. Man cannot rely on himself. He is created to live in a place were God supplies everything for him. Man’s sin was not that he chose evil instead of good but that he chose to live independently from God. From the moment he ate from the forbidden tree, he stepped out from that simplicity. Man in sinful state worries to supply and to choose about every detail of his life with many options in front him. He is in a very bad state of being and his life is in perplexity and complication. When he sinned, though he was still in paradise, a perfect place to be, fear and shame entered his life. Man’s self-reliance produces always fear and every bad feeling regardless of the perfect surround situation he is in.
Now, man in his sinful fallen state, he can take any choice he wants but none can alter his status as a sinner. All his actions are based on his own knowledge of good and evil. He can always repent from every wrong action and try to do good but every action he takes, good or evil has the same root ,his self. Only one choice can change him, to repent from his prideful self-reliance and believe in Jesus Christ. Simplicity comes back in his life. Now only one thing needs to have in mind , to believe,trust and rely on Jesus and all his actions will have one root, Jesus. Now though he lives in a fallen world surrounded by all sorts of evil situations has peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
In Christ, man is perfect new creation. He didn’t work out to become a new creation, God created him through Christ’s work. Man didn’t gain or achieve to be a righteous,a holy new creation in Christ but God make him. God is the source of every supply for the new creation, he has nothing to worry about. A man in Christ lacks nothing, so he has nothing to fix, add or improve because Christ’s new creation is absolutely perfect.
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3
Eve was deceived in thinking that she had something to add or improve her creation by eating from the forbidden tree. The man in Christ must have this in mind so he will not be deceived and try to do something to improve what God already created in absolute perfection. He must always abide in Christ where all that he is and all that he does is Christ in him and through him. In Christ is the perfect place of completeness. A place of simplicity.