“Where are you?”, is the question that God asked Adam after he and Eve had disobeyed God, eaten the apple, found that they were naked and ashamed and hid themselves in the garden (Gen3). We need to understand that an all-knowing God does not need to ask geographical questions. So this question wasn’t for God’s knowledge, it was for Adam and Eve’s self reflection and realization that, because they disobeyed God, ate the apple, found that they were naked and ashamed and hid themselves in the garden, they now “knew evil” which, out of love, God had warned them about. Prior to this they only “knew good”. Through Christ on the cross, God has provided a remedy for the fall and restored our relationship with Him so that “our nakedness and shame” would not send us running from God, but make a way for us to bring it to Him and find a restored wholeness (or holiness) and renewed relationship with God. This is called redemption.
Although this is a basic, and to some, a simple picture of the fall of man and redemption through Christ, it is painfully obvious as we look around us, that today something is still horribly wrong. Please consider though, that our view of what is outside of us is not best evaluated until we look at what is inside of us.
We must all self reflect and BE SURE that we “Get The Gospel Right”. This is the title of a sermon the Vodie Baucham preached at the G3 conference in 2013. It is one of those messages that is both incredibly convicting and eternally comforting at the same time. God has made Pastor Baucham to be really good at messages like that.
I encourage you to listen to this message (and then listen to it again). After that do some self reflecting on “your gospel”, discuss it with others and most importantly, discuss it with the Creator of the Heavens and Earth. The main question to mull over in these discussions is, of course, “Where are you?”.
Message Link to Vodie Bacham’s “Getting The Gospel Right” Teaching: