Letters: Naked

Kids run around naked and don’t even think about it. If an adult runs around naked, someone’s calling the police.

In the first book of the Bible, the first created human beings on this planet, Adam and Eve, realized something. They were naked. 

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. (Genesis 3:6-7 NASB)

Good

Here comes that discussion of the knowledge of good and evil vs. life. Not really. We have come to know and experience that good and/or evil is the opposite of life.

If you are looking for good things to be a part of so that you can look good or feel good about yourself, remember the result of “good” fruit. The evil fruit is a no-brainer to the one who seeks after the ways and life of Christ. But the good fruit, that is one of our biggest distractions.

What are some good things that get in your way? Are you willing to drop the good things for Christ?

I have experienced good things and I have experienced Christ’s Life. There is a gigantic difference. Sometimes, it isn’t until we are broken of, not the evil in our lives, but the good in our lives. If you are doing “good” things for Jesus, let me challenge you with this question. Are these good things because of the Life of Christ being expressed through you, or are you doing these things from a place of obligation, or necessity, or tradition, or human expectation?

Delight

There are certain things that attract a man’s eyes and distracts him from conversations, or from his work, or from his relationships. The eyes of man generally are distracted from their purposes because of a woman. Men are delighted by the notion of connecting with a woman.

However, this interaction was not from Adam’s perspective. This interaction was from the eyes of Eve. She is the bride of Adam. The second Adam is Christ. Eve is a shadow of the precursor to the Bride of Christ, or the eve of the Bride of Christ.

That’s us, brothers and sisters.

What are our eyes attached to? Muscles and the optic nerve. The optic nerve is attached to your brain. Did you know that our eyes don’t actually see? Our brain is what sees. It interprets information perceived from our eyes.

If something is a delight to our eyes, it is because we perceive it a certain way. It is our perception that brings this delight. Our mind dictates our delight from the information it receives from the eyes.

Eve was deceived in her mind. She perceived something to be a delight.

As the Bride of Christ, we have been deceived. We have been given a perception of delight to our mind. This interaction from our body to our mind is missing the most important discerner. Our spirit.

Desirable

We don’t know what the wisdom of the day was for Adam and Eve. Why was wisdom such a big deal? Why did you need to be wise? Why did you need to know the difference between good and evil?

Nevertheless, it was a desire of Eve’s to be wise. With wisdom, we are potentially able to bring ourselves above others in light of being more wise than them. Perhaps we use this as a pedestal to push our agendas. Perhaps we desire followers, so we seek wisdom to share for the masses.

All of this was desired through the mind of Eve. What does your mind desire?

What does the mind of Christ desire?

Ate

Past tense. Over. Done. Complete.

Eve consumed this object of desire, this perceived goodness. When we get into a place of accepting everything for what we see through our mind, we tend to surround ourselves with “yes-men.” We have the freedom to choose from the perception that we receive through our eyes. So consuming the culture is the norm. We eat it up. Every day.

Eve consumed what her mind, being deceived, perceived to be good.

Brothers and sisters, as we seek the mind of Christ, we must deny our mind, our perceptions of good, our desires, and allow the spirit to be accessed. This is not a knee-jerk moment.

This is allowing Life to develop and be expressed. Consuming the culture or discovering His mind, which one shares His Life?

Opened

Have you ever had an ah-ha moment? Where you get it? Where you completely understand the situation and circumstances? Most of these times they are based off of looking at the past and adding up historical references. It is a sense of interpreting data.

I believe this is why we are able to notice things differently after things happen. We may live from our mind initially, but our spirit is accessed at some point and our interpretation of the events that have occurred are now obvious. Guilt can come in to play. Displeasure. Luck. A feeling of blessing. A realization of hope.

But this wasn’t the case of Eve and Adam. The account in Genesis says, “…he ate. Then…” This seems pretty immediate. It wasn’t an account of data over time. It was a relatively immediate awareness. I wonder if the juice from the fruit was still on their lips…

Their eyes were opened. They saw differently. They perceived differently.

Naked

Adam and Even had been naked the entire time. However, they didn’t see the Garden of Eden through the eyes of their mind. They were in relationship and were intimate with God. And they were in the open, honest, unrestricted, uninhibited. Free.

Once their eyes were engaged with the knowledge of good and evil, their mind engaged in perception. Their mind began to process data from an individual, separate point of view.

Praise the Lord He did not allow Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of Life in that moment. Praise the Lord that He allowed His Son to become the Tree of Life for us!

Have you ever been uncomfortably exposed? Have you been closed off? Have you been dishonest? Have you been restricted, inhibited? Have you ever been spiritually locked up?

Sewed

It’s crazy that we are still responding to knowledge of good and evil the same way.

Do something.

Let’s go grab some leaves and cover this stuff up. Spiritual Camouflage. Maybe God won’t see it. Ok, God probably sees it, maybe. But people won’t see it because they can’t see through this awesome new camo I put together by doing something good. Because I want to hide this from folks. I want to keep up with the perception of perfection.

Have you ever felt that way?

Garden of Eden

I don’t know if you’ll believe me when I say this, but I’m going to anyway.

I have seen the Garden of Eden.

It is beautiful. It is a place of welcome. It is a place where we can live naked and unashamed. I have experienced this Garden. Let me tell you about it.

The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man who He had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:8-9, NASB)

Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the first is Pishon; it flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. The gold of that land is good; the bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it flows around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Tigris; it flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. (Genesis 2:10-14, NASB)

Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:15-17, NASB)

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:24-25, NASB)

Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22:1-2, NASB)

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:14, NASB)

May we all become naked and unashamed in the eyes of Christ. May we see each other as Christ sees us. Without blemish. Without spot. For…

Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word [Christ], that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:25b-32, NASB)

The Naked Mystery is revealed in the Garden of Eden, where there is healing, and peace, and love, and welcome, and oneness with Christ.

May the Lord be one with our lives. May we see our circumstances and experiences through the mind of Christ, accessed through our spirit. And may we be naked and unashamed.

6 comments

  1. Milt Rodriguez · December 5, 2012

    Thanks brother for another well articulated and insightful article. I really enjoyed it! A fellow lover of the Garden.

    • marklchampion · December 6, 2012

      Looking forward to having you in the Nashville Garden soon! Blessings to Perth!

  2. Marc Winter · December 5, 2012

    Comment not approved?

    • marklchampion · December 6, 2012

      Hey Marc, a comment from you did not come through. Please post again. Thanks for reading.

  3. Michael L. King · December 6, 2012

    The entire globe disagrees on good and evil. There are, as we are told from philosophers, multiple world views and a plethora of ways to subjectively define and determine what is good and what is evil. It often seems like it’s gone so far as to demolish the idea of good and evil all together.

    And what is the church’s answer when this happens? When the world around us begins to deny any existence of good or evil? Sadly, it is often to rally and fervently “pitch” to the world a “biblical” worldview of good and evil that we can all “live” by. Most Christians wouldn’t know how to live without a paradigm of good and evil.

    When the world can’t even buy into an “objective” good or evil, why point them back to yet another set of ideals? A reinvented wheel of a philosophical, logic-based construct.

    May our Lord, the greatest person in the Universe, work greatly to open His familys’ eyes to see Him! To see that even the best of constructs and paradigms are putrid garbage compared to His life given to us!

    No more hiding behind good! “The good cannot be fancied….”!

  4. Marc Winter · December 6, 2012

    Mark, Love this post. There is so much to unlearn and relearn from our previous (churched) way of life. Church fed us a steady diet from the forbidden Tree (Law). I have been seeing for the past month or so, that the real Good News is about a return trip to the Pre-Tree Garden. Justification as I once heard is, Just as if I had no sin, which is Pre-Tree. Restoration of innocence by the grace and power of the cross. This total shame free consciousness is the same way Jesus lived. This is how He was able to joyfully eat with notorious sinners, is own conscious was clean, He saw no evil, He had not eaten from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
    People might say, how is this possible He did pronounce judgements upon the Pharisees. Jesus did not do so on His own, He said, I only say what I hear the Father say.
    Again, wonderful post!

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