Hell in Paradise. Not knowing you are already at peace with God.

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Where was Adam when he felt naked? Where was Adam when he was afraid and hid from God? Where was Adam when he had to cover himself with fig leaves? When was Adam when he became terrified in the presence of God?

In the Garden of Eden. Where did he think he was?

Hell.

The fruit of the knowledge of good and evil screws you up. It makes you think that you are going to hell when you are in the safest place of all.

The problem is this, the effects of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil only wears out when Adam finally physically died. Had he been given the chance to eat the tree of life, he would be living in that hellish state forever. So Adam had to die, otherwise he would be living a lie forever. He would become the living death.

What is this tree of the knowledge of good and evil?

Romans 7:1

An Illustration From Marriage

1 Do you not know, brothers –for I am speaking to men who know the law–that the law has authority over a man only as long as he lives?

It is the law. You are now seated at the righthand of the Father already. Stop condemning yourself. You have found your paradise. You are already in him. Your paradise is in Jesus.

Romans 5:1-2

Peace and Joy

1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

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