Genesis 3:8 And they heard the sound 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 among the trees of the garden.
In the early days of man's existence, while Adam and his wife were still living in the Garden of Eden, God came to them and walked and talked with them in the cool of the day. His presence was real to them because they spent time with Him communing during the day. The knew His presence; they heard His voice because they walked and talked with Him regularly. All throughout the Bible we can read of people interacting with God through relationship; walking and talking with Him. God hasn't changed; He still wants to commune with His people.
When God's man sinned in the Garden it affected their relationship with God. Sin cuts us off from the presence of God and places a barrier between us and Him.
Genesis 3:9, 10 Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
Genesis 3:22-24 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”--therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
Sin caused the relationship between God and man to be distanced; broken. Man could no longer walk and talk in close relationship with His Creator. Sin changes your life and your ability to relate to God. It breaks the relationship and causes a gulf to form that keeps you out of God's presence. Sin kills relationships! Sin entered mankind and destroyed his ability to commune with God through the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. That one sin brought sin into the bloodline of all humanity.
Romans 5:12-21 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus-death spread to all men, because all sinned--(For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law, Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous. Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Since sin entered the human race through Adam and our relationship with God was severed through that sin, we were no longer able to communicate with God in close relationship because sin drives us out of the presence of God. It was imperative that because one man sinned and caused the break in our relationship with our God that in order for the payment to be made to restore the relationship it would have to be done by a sinless man. A man sinned and broke the communion with God so another man who was without sin would have to die to pay the penalty for sin and thus restore man to a right relationship with God. Jesus was that man. Sin travels down through the bloodline so all who are born in humanity are born with sin already in their lives. That natural bent to sin then causes man to live a life of sinful choices so man becomes a sinner both by birth and choice. Only a sinless man by birth could pay the price for man's sin. The bloodline of man comes through the father so only because Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit could He be born without the sin nature of man.
Luke 1:31-35 “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. “And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her. “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”
Jesus died to reconnect man with His God. He paid the price for the sin that separated man from God in the Garden of Eden. Jesus reconciled man to God so that we can, once again, live in communion with our God.
Romans 5:6-10 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
In order to appropriate that payment for sin into your own life personally, you must understand that the blood of Jesus has to be applied to your life for the payment for your own sin. He died for all mankind, but for the reconciliation to be complete for a person it must be made your own; it must be personalized.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 10:6-10 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, “'Who will descend into the abyss?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
Personalizing what Jesus did for you in payment for your sin is simply believing in your heart that He did that; that He is the Son of God who died for the sin of mankind, and confessing Him as your own personal Lord and Savior. That is calling on the Lord; making Him the payment for your sin so that your relationship with God can be restored; reconciled and re-connected. You do that through prayer.
If you have never made Jesus your own personal Lord and Savior and would like to pray to have your sin forgiven and your relationship with the Father reconciled please pray this prayer with me and mean it in your heart.
Father God, I believe that my sin separates me from You. I believe that Jesus died to pay the payment for my sin so that I can be restored in my relationship with You. I believe that Jesus is Your Son and that He died for me, personally, so that I can live my life in right relationship with You. I believe that You raised Him from the dead and that He will live in me through the presence of His Spirit restoring me to have communion with You. I receive the payment that Jesus paid for my sin and ask You to save me and restore me to right relationship with You. Lord Jesus, I ask You to come into my life, into my heart to live Your life through me and be my own personal Lord. I receive You as my Savior and Lord and confess that I will live my life for You from this moment on. Thank You for saving me. I receive the indwelling Spirit of God; the Spirit of Jesus as a seal upon my heart that guarantees that I am Yours. Thank You, Holy Spirit for living within me to lead me and guide me through life and to fellowship with me through prayer. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
If you prayed that prayer and received Jesus as your own personal Savior and Lord you now have eternal life through the redemption that He provided for you on the cross of Calvary. You are now a part of God's family and have the full rights of a child of God. You have the ability to commune with the Father once again through the presence of His Spirit within you. Through spending time with Him in prayer you can commune with God and hear His voice as He speaks with you through your fellowship with His Spirit. You have been restored to Him!
God has always wanted to have communion with His people. He wants us to walk and talk with Him. That has been His plan from the beginning of the creation of mankind. He longs to share His heart with you and have you share your heart with Him. It is possible through salvation to have a living and vital relationship with the One who created you and loves you the most! What is keeping you from spending time with Him? Is there unconfessed sin in your life that distances you from Him? If so, confess it quickly so the channel of communication between you and Him can be opened once again. Even though Jesus paid for your redemption there are still times, as born again believers, that we sin and that sin hinders our ability to come boldly into His presence. We must confess it and be cleansed regularly!
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Learn to live your life with a short sin account with God. When we quickly confess that we have sinned we then are able to come boldly into His presence to commune with Him.
Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
It is as we commune with Him, through His Spirit, that we find the guidance that we need for our lives. It is in His presence as we fellowship with Him that we find joy and the pleasures of a life lived in communion with God. That's His plan for us; to be connected with Him through the relationship that He, Himself, paid for with His very own blood. Will you take the time to get to know Him? Will you develop the one relationship that pays eternal benefits; your relationship with God? It is developed through prayer; through communion with the Holy Spirit as you share your heart with Him and listen as He speaks words of love and acceptance to you; words of guidance and of leadership in how He wants you to live. The Spirit of God is waiting for you to come to Him and receive!
Father, I thank You for the payment You made for my sin. I receive Your forgiveness and the reconciliation that Jesus provided for me on the cross of Calvary. I long to commune with You Holy Spirit, to know You more, to hear Your voice more completely and to fellowship with You. Thank You for listening as I pray and for speaking to my heart as I listen for Your voice. I pray that those who have never heard Your voice clearly will begin to seek a deeper relationship with You. I pray that they will come before You and wait until You speak to them, not rushing in with their list of requests and then leaving before You have a chance to respond to them. I pray that we all will hunger and thirst for a deeper walk with You. Thank You, Father, for honoring our requests to live with You and share in fellowship with You. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.