Eve failed to do what was right when challenged by Satan. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.- James 4:17
Adam and Eve embraced vanity in that they wanted to be and thought they had a right to be equal with God; they embraced pride and arrogance by thinking they could cover their sin through their own efforts.
They became aware of their nakedness only when their God-given purity and innocence were destroyed by their willful disobedience.
Adam did wrong when he knowingly accepted the apple and ate of it. They immediately understood what they had done. The couple were stricken in their conscience because their rebellion brought a consciousness of sin, of condemnation and of separation from God as evidenced by the fact that they “hid themselves”. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked…...; (Genesis 3:7) Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God (Genesis 3:8)
They recognized and acknowledged they had sinned by verbalizing their understanding that they were naked and admitting it to God. They knew they were now separated from fellowship with God and acknowledged that understanding and the implications by hiding. They had never hidden themselves before.
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. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. (Genesis 3:8-10)
This incident is the first effort of man to free himself from condemnation, to make things right and render himself acceptable to God by his own works (making fig leaf aprons and covering his nakedness.
The fig leaf cover-up was man’s idea of how to fix things by working it out himself. It was God they sinned against. It was him who had to be satisfied. The work of man was not sufficient to cover their sin, so God rejected their efforts—he was not satisfied with their ability to cover their sins themselves.
God decided what He would accept so he killed an innocent animal and prepared the garments to cover the couple's nakedness. He did these things HIMSELF without any input, suggestions or assistance from man. Only a divinely provided garment involving the sacrificial blood of the innocent could be an acceptable covering sacrifice for sin. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins and clothed them. (Genesis 3:21)
The innocent for the guilty: until this time there had been no bloodshed of man nor beast in the Garden in Eden.
It's equally as important to note
what God did not do.
1. God DID NOT say, let's go down to the water and I'll baptize you for a sin atonement. That way my Son won't have to die an agonizing death on the cross in your behalf.
2. God DID NOT say, I'll set up a church, you become a member . Do good works in the church. That'll take care of your sin atonement, and my Son won't have to die an agonizing death on the cross for you.
3. God DID NOT say, I'll set up some rituals and ceremonies, observances of special days. You do those properly and when you're supposed to as a sin atonement. Then my Son won't have to die an agonizing death on the cross for you.
4. God DID NOT say, build some images of cows, fat men, dragons - I'll figure out what. Build a religion around those. Worship them as an atonement for sin, then my Son won't have to die an agonizing death on the cross for you.
5. God DID NOT say, live a good clean life, practice the Golden Rule, help the poor, comfort the suffering, be a good person. If you do that all your life as an atonement for sin, my Son won't need to die an agonizing death on the cross for you.
Blood sacrifice has always been the requirement for atonement and redemption.
The only question is: who pays the price? You for yourself, or Christ for you.
Then ye shall sacrifice one kid of the goats for a sin offering, and two lambs of the first year for a sacrifice of peace offerings. -Leviticus 23:19
Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat: - Leviticus 16:15
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. - Hebrews 9:12
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. - Hebrews 9:22
And thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement: and thou shalt cleanse the altar, when thou hast made an atonement for it, and thou shalt anoint it, to sanctify it. - Exodus 29:36
If you can remedy your sinful state yourself, there's no reason for my Son to die for you. If my Son does die for you, it will be all-sufficient; he is capable of wiping out your sin with his blood by himself. He doesn't need any help from you. You don't need to be his back-up. He won't make a down payment on your redemption and expect you to keep up the payments. The blood of my Son is a free gift. All you have to do is accept it.
It doesn't expire. No one can deny it to you, except you. If you die and go to hell, that blood covering will still be there with your name on it. But, you'll no longer be able to claim it. You decided on hell by not deciding in favor of heaven, Or, you thought it was all a myth. Or, you wanted to have fun; you didn't want to live your life as a boring saved person. Whatever the reason, you chose to go there. Just as we can't imagine the wonders of heaven, we can't begin to grasp the horrors of hell. There won't be a person there that doesn't wish for a do-over.
There are none. The time for a decision is now, this instant. No matter your age or health, you have no guarantee of the next breath. Every second you deny, or put it off is the greatest risk you'll ever take. Is it worth the gamble? Call on the Lord now while you can. Our phone number is provided, if you wish to speak with someone. You'll also find more detailed guidance here: https://www.chino-aba-baptist.com/copy-of-faq