I am unable to share the gospel without speaking of Eden

Sandra Richter, in The Epic of Eden81 (great title!):

Genesis 1-2 essentially provides a blueprint to God’s original intent for humanity: God’s people dwelling in God’s place with full access to his presence…

But treason bred tragedy – a broken covenant, a broken race. The end result was that God’s people were driven from God’s place and forever separated from his presence. The only hope in this wretched state of affairs was God’s redemptive mercy. Indeed, redemptive history starts right here…

How do we get Eden back?

Although Christians too often think that the story of salvation begins with Jesus, the story actually begins with Adam and Eve. I know for myself that I am unable to share the gospel without speaking of Eden. Because when we ask the salvation question, what we are really asking is, what did the first Adam lose? And when we answer the salvation question, what we are really attempting to articulate is, what did the Second Adam (ie., Jesus) buy back?

That’s the question of the Bible: how do we get Eden back, and all the joy in God’s presence that it includes? Certainly we should be able to share the gospel without mentioning Eden; the apostles were able to. But this really is one central way to understand and explain the story of the Bible, the story of the world, and what God has done to bring us back.

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