Sin Enters, But Christ Covers
Our familiarity with the Bible can often dull us to the magnificence of the gospel. And yet the gospel of Jesus Christ is found all throughout the Scriptures.
The Triune God has planned to showcase His glory in the person and work of Jesus from eternity past and all into eternity future.
From Genesis to Revelation, God gives us glimpses of His glory in part and in full. The entire Old Testament serves as a picture of the glory of Christ (see Luke 24:26-27; John 5:45-47)
The story about God creating man is really a story about God saving man. Everything in the Bible is about Jesus!
As Augustine once said, the Old Testament is Christ concealed and the New Testament is Christ revealed. Even the entrance of sin in the world is about the coming Christ.
God makes with Adam and Eve a covenant in the Garden which most theologians would call the covenant of life, or the covenant of works in Genesis 2:16-17.
A covenant is a relationship that God makes with us and guarantees by His Word. God promises life if they obey, and death if they eat of the fruit. The symbol of God’s covenant is the tree of life.
And yet, Adam and Eve are the covenant breakers as they sinned in Genesis 3. Adam and Eve sin and they respond with guilt (eyes were opened) and shame (covering their nakedness) as a result of sinning (see Genesis 3:7).
The proper response to sin realized is seen in Adam and Eve: guilt, shame, and hiding from God.
How shall Adam and Eve be made right with God? Can they do better?
Shall they cover their sins with righteous works? Who can restore man to God?
Notice how God responds to the covenant breakers as the faithful covenant keeper. The Lord seeks out Adam and Eve and speaks His Word to them (Genesis 3:8-19).
What then does God do for the guilt and shame of Adam and Eve?
Genesis 3:21, “And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them,” (ESV).
Do you see the pattern?
Man sins, God responds by killing a substitute as the penalty for death and covering the shame of Adam and Eve with a covering. The Fall of man is about the death of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God,” (ESV).
God is the faithful covenant keeper who restores the relationship between God and man by the offering of an innocent substitute for fallen sinners. Adam and Eve receive a covering from God as we receive the righteousness of God.
Jesus Christ was slain for the sins of many (Mark 10:45). He covers us with His righteousness (Romans 4:5-8). Jesus bears our shame by being exposed and shamed on Calvary.
Christ suffers our death penalty on the cross under God’s wrath. Jesus is the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8).