Everyone knows that life can be exceedingly stressful. Some times when things get a bit tight, I tend to fantasize about how life must have been in the Garden of Eden. No stress or worries, perfect working conditions, no fretting over what to wear and most importantly, direct face to face fellowship with God. I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this. Usually, after touching down from these flights of fantasy, the next reaction is to shrug and say “when we get to Heaven”.
However, the reality is that we do not have to wait till Heaven before we know what it was like for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The sacrifice of Jesus was meant to restore man to that primal state of innocence and righteousness before God, and to also restore all of the (spiritual) blessings that were available to Adam and Eve.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 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”. Ephesians 1:3-4.
Is there anything that Adam and Eve had, that has not been restored to the man who is saved? Is it dominion? We have it with Christ who is set at the Right Hand of God (Eph 1:20-22). Is it rest? We are promised rest in Christ Jesus (Heb. 4:9-10, Matt. 11:28). Is it peace of mind? The Holy Spirit is there to overwhelm us with this and more. Is it unfettered access to God? We have this through Jesus (Heb. 10:19-20).
These are spiritual realities that are available to every believer through the indwelling Holy Spirit. The good news is that some day, these are going to be physical realities too. But for now, we have this earnest of perfection to come, which is in no way inferior to what Adam and Eve operated with.
In the Spirit and secret place of every believer, there is a Garden of Eden with God waiting for us to come around. It’s left for us to determine just how much of God we want to bask in, and just how frequently. As we know (and as Adam and Eve found out after they left the Garden), it can get quite mean, and dark in our world. The comfort we have as believers, is that there is a Comforter who is ready to comfort, and heal, and cheer us up in a safe space- in the Garden of Eden.