“And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” Genesis 2:25
The dispensation of innocence was a real time in our real history. The pain of sin had not touched the world and the guilt of wrong wasn’t on any mind at that time. The beautiful creation of humanity was unobstructed by these.
When the Fall entered in, with it entered a host of turmoil, and problems, and disfunction. With it, entered in sin. The beautiful creation was now out of whack from its original design. That which was pure has now become tainted. That which was whole has now become marred and broken.
During that time of innocence, shame did not walk the streets with the naked. There was nothing reproachful or unhealthy in the view of humanity. No discord in the body, heart, or mind was felt because it just did not exist then.
Friend, I encourage you with these words today. There will come a time when we will walk streets again without the need to feel we must hide. We will experience the joy of pureness again. We will carry on without carrying with us the burdens of shame and regret. We will enter a time when all tears will be wiped away along with the reasons that caused them.
The original creation walked naked and unashamed. Unashamed. Can we even begin to grasp the impact of all that word meant then and what it will mean in our future?
The wrongs that we have done and the things that we have a hard time seeing past just won’t be in our heavenly home. Covered in the blood of the Savior, we stand right before God. Not because of us, but because “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
That will be a time of no shame. Yes, when Jesus freed us, we are privileged to walk in our day without it. But, in that time and in that place, we won’t even see it. Just as Adam and Eve didn’t see that they were naked, the things that we are so used to associating with shame will not be seen by us. When we open our eyes in that place, all we will see is a purity that cannot be explained or fathomed on this side of glory. For now, when we look around, the evidence of the Fall is everywhere. But there, not even the slightest hint of shame will be seen because it never existed in that place. And among the saints there, they are now redeemed and no longer spotted from the trials of this life: “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” (Revelation 19:8).
For her, the Church, the redeemed, everything has been made “clean and white.” She doesn’t carry with her into glory the shame of her yesterdays, for that day, in our heavenly abode, she enjoys, in Jesus Christ, being freed forever. He took the shame (Hebrews 12:2) for each one and bore it all in His own body and through His sacrifice.
- “For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” – Romans 10:11
- “They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.” – Psalm 34:5
- “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” – Isaiah 1:18
- “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
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