QUESTION: When Adam and Eve left the garden of Eden, were they JUSTIFIED or UNJUSTIFIED? (forgiven of unforgiven)
Genesis 2:23-25 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Genesis 3:1-24 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
And they heard the voice 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 amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. and he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God MAKE COATS OF SKINS, and CLOTHE THEM. And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as ONE OF US, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever. Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
NOTE: For the first time on the face of this planet an animal was slain and it was used to cover the nakedness (sin) of man.
Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; AND WITHOUT SHEDDING OF BLOOD IS NO REMISSION. The animal that was used was probably A LAMB WITHOUT SPOT OR BLEMISH.
NOTE: This typified Lamb is prophesied (Genesis 22:8), applied (Exodus12:13), personified (Isaiah 53), identified (John 1:29), crucified (Revelation 5:6), and glorified (Revelation 5:12).
Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt-offering: so they went both of them together.
Exodus 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming to him, and saith BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD, WHICH TAKETH AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD.
Revelation 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
Revelation 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is THE GIFT OF GOD: NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast.
NOTE: If you didn’t get it ————> NOT OF WORKS
NOTE: God provided the clothing that covered the nakedness of Adam and Eve. He clothed them with the skin of one of His living creatures who HAD TO DIE.
Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness…
Zechariah 3:4 …Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him HE said, Behold, I have caused thine INIQUITY to pass from thee, and I WILL CLOTHE THEE WITH CHANGE OF RAIMENT.
NOTE: God has stripped Adam of the filthy garments of his (Adam’s) own self-righteousness and supplied HIS (God’s) COVERING.
ANSWER: Clearly, they were justified.
NOTE: Adam and Eve didn’t realize they were naked until they had sinned. When they realized that they were naked, they «dressed themselves» in fig leaves. This is seen as a form selfrighteousness or cleaning up self. They were hiding their nakedness.
The Lord God provided clothing (animal skins) for their nakedness. This is a picture of God’s righteousness or His imputed righteousness.
Even though they sewed APRONS out of the leaves to hide their nakedness; God still considered them NAKED. He made a covering for them. That shows that we can be clothed in OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS but be totally naked in His sight.