The Scarlet Thread - Pt. 2 Adam and Eve

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The Scarlet Thread
Pt. 2 Adam and Eve

The Scarlet Thread is the story behind the stories of the Bible. It is the Gospel and it is present in each chapter of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. In this blog series, we’re doing a very brief survey of this truth. We’re picking out some of the big stories and finding the main points of the Gospel.

Last month we explained that God made everything and it’s all for His glory. He rules. That’s the first point of the Gospel, and it’s absolutely necessary that you understand it.

This month we’re going to explain the next part of the Gospel; how mankind ruins everything by making it about our glory. We call this sin, and the story of Adam and Eve illustrates this point very clearly.

Here’s how it goes: God makes man from dirt. God puts His breath in him. Literally, God put His Spirit in him, and that’s what separated Adam from the other animals. Mankind was the crown of all creation, placed in the most beautiful scenery of Eden. Of course, Adam is lonely, and so God finishes His creation by giving Adam a partner from His side (to indicate equality.)

The story of the Gospel begins with God introducing mankind to His universe. And then says, “Here, you take care of this planet.” It’s here that Adam and Eve lived in the gorgeous world, with a loving and caring marriage, surrounded by peaceful animals. Life was extremely good for Adam and Eve. It’s peaceful and nice. We all would love to live in Eden.

This was life as it should have been. But the best thing above everything else was this; they had a perfect relationship with God. They had nothing to hide. They were never angry at what God did. They submitted completely to His will. And they enjoyed complete honesty and openness. As a result of this perfection, God physically walked with them.

After creating this perfect world, God handed it over to Adam and Eve and said, “It’s now your great privilege to take care of this beautiful world.” What’s crazy is that God knew what was going to happen. And yet, in His love He did not withhold this wonderful gift. So after He gave it, mankind ruined it.

Now, many people think the original sin was disobedience. And while it’s obvious that they did disobey, I believe that was only a secondary sin. The original sin behind the disobedience was idolatry. The worship of themselves. We call this pride.

Genesis 3:1-7 tells us exactly what happened. If this isn’t the oldest trick in the book then I don’t know what is. Satan, the serpent, tells them that if they eat the fruit then their eyes will be opened and they will be like God. And of course they wanted to be God. Truthfully, that very sin is what’s been passed down to us. We ALL want to be God.

Within all of us is a need to control. Like Adam and Eve, we want to be God. And we’re devastated when our plans and expectations aren’t met. As a result of our idolizing ourselves, the relationship was broken with God. The world was broken and now sin runs far deeper than we realize.

This is some pretty stark truth. The reality of this is dark, uncomfortable, and often times feels hopeless. So, in one word, let me tell you some good news: “protoevengelium”. This is what theologians call the verse, Genesis 3:15. This is when God is delivering the consequences to Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, and he promises a Savior. He says there will be a Savior who will fix what’s been broken, reconcile the sinful world to God, and kill the serpent while also suffering a minor blow Himself.

The Scarlet Thread in this story is pretty clear. God made the world perfect, He gave the world to mankind, Adam and Eve had a perfect relationship with Him, but mankind ruined the perfect world and wrecked the perfect relationship with God. So God promised a Savior while telling mankind that we are not the hero.

The sin inside all of us wants control. We still want to be God. The Gospel is the correction of this stubbornness. Here’s the action point for us all: Surrender your pursuit of control. Let go of your pride. Accept the promised Savior. Submit to His will.

The Scarlet Thread is the story behind the stories of the Bible. It is the Gospel and it is present in each chapter of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. In this blog series, we’re doing a very brief survey of this truth. We’re picking out some of the big stories and finding the main points of the Gospel.

Last month we explained that God made everything and it’s all for His glory. He rules. That’s the first point of the Gospel, and it’s absolutely necessary that you understand it.

This month we’re going to explain the next part of the Gospel; how mankind ruins everything by making it about our glory. We call this sin, and the story of Adam and Eve illustrates this point very clearly.

Here’s how it goes: God makes man from dirt. God puts His breath in him. Literally, God put His Spirit in him, and that’s what separated Adam from the other animals. Mankind was the crown of all creation, placed in the most beautiful scenery of Eden. Of course, Adam is lonely, and so God finishes His creation by giving Adam a partner from His side (to indicate equality.)

The story of the Gospel begins with God introducing mankind to His universe. And then says, “Here, you take care of this planet.” It’s here that Adam and Eve lived in the gorgeous world, with a loving and caring marriage, surrounded by peaceful animals. Life was extremely good for Adam and Eve. It’s peaceful and nice. We all would love to live in Eden.

This was life as it should have been. But the best thing above everything else was this; they had a perfect relationship with God. They had nothing to hide. They were never angry at what God did. They submitted completely to His will. And they enjoyed complete honesty and openness. As a result of this perfection, God physically walked with them.

After creating this perfect world, God handed it over to Adam and Eve and said, “It’s now your great privilege to take care of this beautiful world.” What’s crazy is that God knew what was going to happen. And yet, in His love He did not withhold this wonderful gift. So after He gave it, mankind ruined it.

Now, many people think the original sin was disobedience. And while it’s obvious that they did disobey, I believe that was only a secondary sin. The original sin behind the disobedience was idolatry. The worship of themselves. We call this pride.

Genesis 3:1-7 tells us exactly what happened. If this isn’t the oldest trick in the book then I don’t know what is. Satan, the serpent, tells them that if they eat the fruit then their eyes will be opened and they will be like God. And of course they wanted to be God. Truthfully, that very sin is what’s been passed down to us. We ALL want to be God.

Within all of us is a need to control. Like Adam and Eve, we want to be God. And we’re devastated when our plans and expectations aren’t met. As a result of our idolizing ourselves, the relationship was broken with God. The world was broken and now sin runs far deeper than we realize.

This is some pretty stark truth. The reality of this is dark, uncomfortable, and often times feels hopeless. So, in one word, let me tell you some good news: “protoevengelium”. This is what theologians call the verse, Genesis 3:15. This is when God is delivering the consequences to Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, and he promises a Savior. He says there will be a Savior who will fix what’s been broken, reconcile the sinful world to God, and kill the serpent while also suffering a minor blow Himself.

The Scarlet Thread in this story is pretty clear. God made the world perfect, He gave the world to mankind, Adam and Eve had a perfect relationship with Him, but mankind ruined the perfect world and wrecked the perfect relationship with God. So God promised a Savior while telling mankind that we are not the hero.

The sin inside all of us wants control. We still want to be God. The Gospel is the correction of this stubbornness. Here’s the action point for us all: Surrender your pursuit of control. Let go of your pride. Accept the promised Savior. Submit to His will.


James Robinson has been the Youth Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, TX since June 2014. He was drawn to work with students because he believes teenagers are in a highly moldable stage of life where it is absolutely imperative they allow the Gospel to identify who they are. As a Student Pastor, James says he has the inexpressible joy of regularly speaking that life-shaping Gospel into the students' lives.