Jesus said, ‘the truth shall set you free.’ (John 8:32)
Several years ago when I was recovering from burnout, I turned back to the book of Genesis, little knowing that I was about to undergo a major paradigm shift.
I summed up in my journal, ‘All of this: the bearing God’s image, the blessing, commissioning, life of purpose, breath of God received—all was before Adam and Eve ever did anything for God. Their worth, value and receiving of God’s favour—were inherent in their being and not in their doing.’
Eden: God’s Original Design
‘Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.’ (Gen 2:8)
The Garden of Eden is more than a historical place in the Bible. It is more than a lost paradise. And it is more than a bright future that can only be entered through death’s doorway.
Life in Eden’s Garden reveals God’s original design—and our restored inheritance. Eden teaches us what it means to live as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.
5 Truths from Eden that we can Live Today
1. We can Live in Intimacy with the Father
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day… (Gen 3:8)
At the heart of Eden is a personal relationship with Father God. As Leif Hetland says, ‘The first face Adam and Eve saw was the face of a loving Father.’ 
The name Eden means ‘delight.’ This delight does not mean ‘happiness’ as we use the term, but the joy that comes through being intimately connected with God.
‘You will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ (Ps 16:11b)
Separated from the Father by sin, Adam and Eve could no longer remain in the Garden of Eden. However, when Jesus died, the veil in the temple was torn in two, signifying that the way into the Father’s intimate Presence was restored to humanity. (Matt 27:51, Heb 10:19-20)
And that place of intimacy can be our home.
2. We are Covered with the Glory of God
The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. (Gen 2:25)
Although Adam and Eve were physically unclothed, they were covered—with the glory of God.
Psalm 8:5 says of created humanity, ‘You [God] crowned them with glory and honour.’ The Hebrew word for crown also means ‘encircled.’ Psalm 5:12 says that the righteous are ‘surrounded with God’s favour as a shield.’
No wonder Adam and Eve became aware of their nakedness at that moment sin caused the anointing and glory of God to be stripped away from them.
Physical clothing is here to stay—but consider the spiritual truth this speaks of: In Jesus, we are clothed in the righteousness of God. (Is 61:10) We can live transparently before God without shame or fear.
Freedom from shame and fear in God’s Presence is not as a result of behaving perfectly, but of placing our faith in Jesus, the only Perfect One.
Through His grace, we are in the process of being transformed in His glory, by His glory into His glory. (2 Cor 3:17-18, Phil 1:6)
3. We have God’s Favour and Blessing
The first words God spoke over Adam and Eve were words of blessing. They experienced His favour before they had done anything. (Gen 1:27-28)
They did not have to prove their worth. Their worth was based in who they were—a son and daughter of God, beloved and accepted.
Religious striving and the culture around us equates blessing with performance. But that is not God’s way.
In Genesis, we learn that we are blessed just because we are God’s sons and daughters. 
4. We can Live from Rest, while Labouring with God
The Bible tells us that Adam and Eve were created on the sixth day. And that on the seventh day God rested. As Clayton Coombs observes:
‘The first full day that Adam and Eve experienced was a day of rest.’ 
From that place of rest, they laboured together with God. We read, ‘The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.’ (Gen 2:15)
God planted the trees in the Garden of Eden—and Adam tended them. It was a united effort, a life of God-given purpose.
In God’s Kingdom, Father invites us to tend what He has planted, to do the work that He has prepared for us beforehand. (Eph 2:10) 
5. We have God-Given Authority to Fulfil His Purposes on Earth
In Eden, Adam and Eve walked and talked with the Father. As they heard what was on His heart, they were able to carry out His purposes on the earth through the authority He had conferred to them. 
Today the authority that Adam and Eve lost through sin has been restored to us through Jesus. (Matt 28:18) 
The Apostle Paul puts it this way:
‘For if, by the trespass of the one man [Adam], death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! (Rom 5:17)
Am I Living Inside or Outside of Eden?
‘Living in Eden’ is a helpful metaphor to describe the life that we can live today in Jesus.
Within Eden, we experience the security of our Father’s love, enjoy His blessing and favour, live in His rest. We walk with God and hear what is on His heart—and then we fulfil His purpose for our lives with the authority He has given to us.
Outside of Eden, we experience striving and frustration. We feel and behave like spiritual orphans. We wonder why God feels distant and do not sense His anointing. We struggle with insecurity and strive to bear fruit.
The wonder of our Christian life and the grace of God is this:
Whenever we realise that we have drifted away from that place of intimacy with God, the way is always open to return. We can experience Heaven on earth.
We can come home to the Father.
 I first heard Leif Hetland make this statement in his message, ‘The Three Chairs’. An extended excerpt from Leif’s book, Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes: A Worldview That Will Change Your Life can be found here.
 Read more about the blessing of God in the article, 3 Mistaken Beliefs About God’s Blessing
 Clayton Coombs is a fellow team member at David McCracken Ministries. You can Clayton’s article, ‘Finding True Rest In Him’ along with other articles, sermon notes and media on our David McCracken Ministries Free Resources Page.
 Jesus invites us both to co-labour with Him and to rest: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt 11:28-30)
 Thanks to David McCracken for continually restating this wonderful truth.
 Learn more about Kingdom authority in the article ABCs of the Kingdom of God.
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