'Appreciating God's Love'
Image of His Divine Love
Gen 1:26a Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness."
I believe that the Triune God created Adam and Eve in their image and in their loving disposition so that man will be able to love one another emulating the Triune Godhead who loves one another.
Oneness in Adam and Eve
Gen 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
This divine love in Adam and Eve will help them to live in harmony and oneness as they dwell on this earth. The same harmony and unity were displayed by the Triune Godhead during their creation of the heaven and the earth and later in the salvation and transformation of the fallen man back into His own image.
John 17:11 "Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are."
Impossible Task for Adam
Gen 1:28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
After the creation of Adam, God tasked him to have dominion over everything with life on earth and in the sea. He was also given the authority to name all the living things. In the flesh, this was an impossible task.
Just imagine, the blessed Adam was enjoying the beauty of the garden of Eden while riding on the back of a giraffe, chatting with a rhinoceros, frolicking with a giant mammoth or possibly gallivanting the skies on a big bird. To stretch the perfect picture further, visualize Adam on the back of the killer whale, commanding it to dive into the deep blue sea and to resurface to allow Adam to breathe.
What great joy it was to Adam when he could perform the possible with His empowerment.
Gen 2:19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.
Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Jesus has redeemed us from our fallen nature, and like Adam, we must do good works which always looked impossible.
Oneness with God
Gen 3:8a And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day,
In the cool of the day, God, who loved Adam and Eve deeply, would come down from heaven to fellowship with them for they looked forward to His wonderful presence.
One could envisage that our Father came down on purpose to carry and to lift Adam and Eve up so that they could pick the fruit they wanted to eat that evening. He enjoyed their warmth just by holding and having them close by. As a doting Father, He could have enjoyed Himself riding with Adam and Eve on the backs of moving creatures while Adam named and dominated them.
With this divine love flowing in the garden of Eden, heaven was on earth then. There was oneness with Adam and Eve and also oneness of Adam and Eve with God.
Christians with perfected love will be able to have 'oneness with one another' and 'oneness with the Triune God' in the New Heaven.
John 17:20-21 "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.